BMW's concept car heritage laid bare: details and hi-res pictures
1 April 2010

BMW has officially revealed a series of concept cars as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of its Technik GmbH subsidiary.

The Technik GmbH division was founded as BMW Technik GmbH in 1985, with responsibility for "the development and construction of concept vehicles".

See the full set of captioned BMW concept car pictures

In 2003 the division was rebranded as "BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH", shifting focus to developing technology that encompassed all types of BMW vehicles.

Highlights include a 1-series based fuel cell hybrid, rear-engined BMW people's car with a Mclaren style central seating position, a four-seat electric car, a Z1-style, V8-engined off-road buggy, an Ariel Atom style car and a lightweight coupe that pioneered the use of carbonfibre.

Today, around 200 people work for the division and responsible for developing technologies in the areas of vehicle engineering, hydrogen, alternative drive and energy management concepts, active safety and driver assistance systems, as well as information and communication.

Follow us on FacebookSee all the latest BMW reviews, news and video

Join the debate

Comments
14

1 April 2010

April fools?

1 April 2010

They dared to output from the horrors museum the 5 GT!

1 April 2010

[quote Autocar]See the full set of captioned BMW concept car pictures
[/quote]

Or "dont see" more likely

1 April 2010

That "Just 4/2" (poor name choice) looks awesome - according to info on the interpornoweb it was due to be powered by a 1100cc motorbike engine. The rest generally look dull/ugly/pointless, like most concept cars.

R32

1 April 2010

This is BMW's traditional (and expected) April Fool's prank - they do it every year and are famed for it. Unfortunately the joke is on them as the cars featured in this spoof article could indeed be viable BMW models given the ugly range of cars they churn out. So whilst the pics could almost be believed, they are in fact fake along with the story.

1 April 2010

[quote R32]

This is BMW's traditional (and expected) April Fool's prank - they do it every year and are famed for it. Unfortunately the joke is on them as the cars featured in this spoof article could indeed be viable BMW models given the ugly range of cars they churn out. So whilst the pics could almost be believed, they are in fact fake along with the story.

[/quote]I was just about to say the same thing, many of these would look better than the tosh designs they currently have.

1 April 2010

I dont think it is April Fools, these images have been on the web at least a week, Autocar only picking it up today. Some of the concepts are from the 80's so explains the weird looks, plus it's the Technik division - the styling may not have been the main concern for these models, it was more likely the technology underneath that was the 'conceptual' element. Think stuff like the e1 appeared at motor shows didnt it?

1 April 2010

Aren't April 1st jokes supposed to be funny?

1 April 2010

Nice to see the pics at last. That just 4/2 does look like a missed opportunity. I'm sure I have seen sketches of this in Autocar a few years ago ( but not the finished car)

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again