BMW's first hybrid supercar in 2013


Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world’s largest maker of luxury autos, will build its first hybrid supercar as part of a broader effort to create more fuel- efficient vehicles.

The Vision Efficient Dynamics model, which accelerates to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.8 seconds while emitting 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, will go on sale in 2013, the Munich-based car maker said today at an event in Leipzig, Germany. BMW didn’t give a price for the vehicle.

The hybrid sports car will have a similar acceleration rate to BMW’s M6 supercar, while emitting just 30 per cent of the M6 coupe’s CO2 per kilometre, according to BMW’s website. The M6’s starting price in the US is $102,350.

Chief Executive Officer Norbert Reithofer is developing the hybrid supercar and the electric-powered Megacity auto to help meet tighter environmental regulations and to boost sales to two million vehicles by 2020 from 1.4 million this year. The new sports car, which has doors that open upwards, is powered by a three-cylinder diesel engine and two electric motors.

BMW rose as much as 91 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to ¤54.99 and was up 0.2 per cent as of 12.18 pm in Frankfurt trading. The stock has gained 70 per cent this year, valuing the car maker at ¤34.5 billion ($48.6 billion).