Tony O'Kane | Jan 31, 2009

According to British car mag Autocar, BMW is reportedly elbow-deep in the development of a fuel-sipping, twin-turbocharged, mid-engined supercar flagship.

Termed the Z10 ED (for Efficient Dynamics, BMW's green-tech initiative), the all-new super-bimmer was reportedly given the nod after BMW's corporate leadership pulled the plug on a V10-powered production version of the M1 Hommage concept.

Instead of a petrol-guzzling naturally aspirated V10, the Z10 ED will apparently make use of a twin-turbocharged inline six. Using an all-new design rather than the tried-and-true architecture of BMW's existing I6s, the Z10's engine will cram high levels of boost into its cylinders, use direct injection to improve efficiency and utlise either a mechanical or electronic variable valve lift and timing mechanism.

Stop-start technology will help conserve fuel, while regenerative braking coupled to a light hybrid system will make the Z10 more efficient during urban driving. BMW's new seven-speed DSG gearbox will take power to the rear wheels, and you can expect the Z10's power output to hover around the 295kW mark.

The Z10's body will be built largely out of lightweight carbonfibre and aluminium, with kerb weight projected to be in the region of 1400 kilograms.

A release date for the Z10 is still unknown and given the relative infancy of the project it, like the M1 Hommage, could still be killed off before it comes within spitting distance of a BMW dealership.

Hopefully BMW will see the light and follow through with this one, but until we hear some official word about the Z10, then we ain't gunna count our chickens before they've hatched...


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