BMW has something up its sleeves to compete with the new Tesla Model S P85D.
Borrowing research and technology from its i sub-brand, the German automaker has built a concept that its engineers have nicknamed “The Thing,” and is based on the 5 Series GT model. But instead of your mundane, fuel-efficient sedan that can comfortably carry passengers, the 5 Series GT Power eDrive concept has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s capable of 670 hp from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The concept is capable of traveling up to 62 miles on electric power alone.
It appears that the plug-in hybrid powertrain is actually under consideration to be used on future Rolls-Royce, BMW X and 7 Series models and is scalable all the way down to offering 250 hp. For now, the 5 Series GT Power eDrive is purely a concept but given the German automaker’s love for all things electrified, don’t be surprised if the powertrain idea finds its way to production models before the end of the decade.
GALLERY: BMW 5 Series GT Power eDrive Concept
[Source: Car and Driver]
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