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Old 1st April 2010, 13:03   #1
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Default BMW's secret radical concept cars, now shown for the 1st time to public

(article and pics from autocar.co.uk photo album)

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First product of BMW's Technik division was the composite-bodied Z1 roadster of which 8000 were made

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The Z1 'coupe' didn't make production but it pointed the way forward for chunky, off-road styling

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The 1991 E1 concept was a pure electric four-seater with a 120 mile range

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The 1993 Z13 had a rear-mounted engine and a three-seat cabin with a central driving position

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The 'equivalent to an Enduro motorcycle', the '95 Z18 was, like the X5, based on the 5-series iX
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The ultra light (just over 800kgs) Just 4/2 almost made production but lost out to the Z3.

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BMW describes the 1999 Z22 as one of the 'most sophisticated technology platforms' Technik created

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The Z22 was rear-engined and had the interior space of a 5-series in the length of a 3-series

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The Z22 used carbon-fibre reinforced plastics . BMW's planned megacity car may use the same material

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The 2001 Z29, last of the Z concepts, had a unique carbon-fibre monocoque and M3 drivetrain.
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This may look like a conventional BMW Compact, but it's actually a drive-by-wire concept

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Project 'Drivestick' (developed with Delphi) was entirely controlled by a single joystick
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Old 1st April 2010, 13:43   #2
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Looks like the concpets were developed during 90s. They look quite outdated in terms of styling.
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Hi Sid, Is this an April fool ? Can you hyperlink this autocar issue just to make sure as most of these BMWs look quite sick ! Some of these can't be BMWs the engine bays look too short to accomodate a longitudinal engine
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April fool idea.....?
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Thank god they didn't go to the product if this story is true.
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