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Patent Rendering Mystery-Coupe Is A BMW - But Not For Showroom Duty Photo:
 
 
Kez Casey | Nov, 16 2015 | 0 Comments

After being leaked from China’s patent office just a few weeks ago, this mysteriously styled two-door caused an instant swell of speculation.

Is it a Chinese manufacturers attempt at stealing some of BMW’s cachet? Has BMW decided to go after Volkswagen’s super-frugal XL1?

The tear-drop shaped coupe revealed in these images actually is an official product of BMW - but not one that’s destined for showrooms any time soon.

BMW has confirmed that the vehicle is a plug-in hybrid research vehicle - a rolling test bed for new technologies, packaged in an aerodynamically efficient body to maximise powertrain efficiency.

The research vehicle is powered by a turbocharged 1.0 litre twin-cylinder engine (part of the same modular group that powers the i8 and i3 ReX, as well and BMW’s four- and six-cylinder vehicles), which drives the front wheels.

An electric motor powers the rear axle, while the battery is claimed to offer improved energy density and faster charge times that current battery technology.

The slippery shape of the research vehicle lends it a coefficient of drag of just 0.18, vehicle total weight for the coupe is a scant 1150kg.

Right now BMW hasn’t revealed details like fuel usage, or battery range, but seeing as this vehicle is all about getting the best out of both through development, those figures are likely to be tinkered with over time.

Images: pcauto.com.cn

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