BMW i Vision Dynamics
It was an electrifying world premiere for the BMW i Vision Dynamics at the IAA Cars 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. We were invited to gaze into the “near future” at electric mobility.
The concept car is a sporty four-door Gran Coupe, powered by a pure electric drive system with a range of 600 kilometres (373 miles), acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of over 200 km/h (124 mph). BMW i Vision Dynamics combines the visionary power and technological expertise of BMW i with the BMW core values of dynamism and elegance.
“At the BMW Group, the future of electric mobility has already arrived,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG. “We have more electrified vehicles on the road than any established competitor and are committed to expanding our activities in the field of electric mobility as part of our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. By 2025 we will be offering 25 models with an electrified drive system – of which 12 will be pure-electric. With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are showcasing how we envisage future electric mobility between the i3 and i8: a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe. We are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension.”
What is BMW i?
BMW i is their moniker for visionary vehicles and the new understanding of luxury mobility is focused on sustainability. To wit, BMW i is the innovation driver for the BMW Group. Visionary solutions and future-ready concepts become reality at BMW i. Until now, the i3 and i8 are a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car, respectively.
Now, the BMW i Vision Dynamics combines electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance.
Electrifying driving pleasure: BMW i Vision Dynamics
“I do more with less” – the design identity of BMW i. We can see the evolution of classical BMW proportions in the outline of the BMW i Vision Dynamics. A long wheelbase, flowing roofline and short overhangs create a basic profile. This basic shape is made real by large, fluid, contoured surfaces, as if moulded. Aerodynamic requirements define the car’s appearance and into the details viz. barely visible joins and the flush integration of glass into the main body.
The window profile is a distinctive feature of the BMW i Vision Dynamics. Their symmetrical form allows all passengers an equally good view and the shared driving experience in the interior. This will gain future importance with autonomous and connected driving.
The full-length glass surface running from the windscreen to the rear window enhances the sense of spaciousness.
Familiar icons at the front gain new significance
The prominent, enclosed “kidneys” in the minimalist front end bring together the past and the future of BMW, and not just in styling terms. Whereas the BMW kidneys previously acted as a symbol of the company’s expertise in drive system development, the BMW i Vision Dynamics uses them as declarations of technological know-how.
With underlying sensors, the kidneys become an “intelligence surface”. The headlights also combine tradition and the future. The classical BMW four-eyed front end is evident but simplified, two complexed LED light elements on each side of the car’s nose integrating all the necessary lighting functions, yet also providing the BMW Look.
The most eye-catching features of the rear are the thin lights that accentuate the car’s wide stance on the road. The BMW i Vision Dynamics showcases the BMW Group’s future vision of electrified mobility.
The BMW i range is an evolution of the Electric Future at BMW. At the premium end of electric motoring, the BMW i Vision Dynamics competes with, and may even beat Tesla at their game. BMW are not newcomers in this field; the current World Endurance Racing Champions – Porsche – essentially bought the BMW LMP1 team and hybrid combustion-electric technology when they re-entered racing in 2014.
The extended range and sheer performance place markers for future plays by BMW. With the might of the BMW Group behind, it is likely that pricing will be competitive.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).