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Published on June 13th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Plug-In Hybrid Supercar From BMW & Toyota — Codenamed “Silk Road 2”

June 13th, 2014 by  

BMW is apparently working on yet another plug-in hybrid supercar. The price is projected to be similar to the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. Nonetheless, it’s quite a bit different and looks fairly “hot.” Here’s more from Chris:

BMW And Toyota Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Codenamed “Silk Road 2” (via Gas 2.0)

The Toyota and BMW technology-sharing alliance will soon start bearing fruit, including a new hybrid sports car. Car Magazine reports that this Toyota and BMW joint project, code named “Silk Road 2”, will spawn a new BMW Z7 and Lexus ZC/ZR hybrid…

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  • Ron

    High end $ tech makes into common cars – give it 5 to 10 years! How do you think this new tech is financed? Look at revolutionary cars Porsche 959 and now Porsche 918 Spyder! Awesome – much of the great 959 tech is in cars today. ABS?

  • Matt

    Yea we really need a lot more $125k-$250k cars. Sorry enough cars for the 0.0001% already. We need to move to 10 million EVs, not more tools for super rich.

    • Benjamin Nead

      I agree, Matt. And this isn’t even to most ostentatious example of this trend.

      Cost-no-object electric cars and e-bikes are only good for generating some press and the market is actually now getting flooded with this stuff. Cleantechnica typically has a good BS filter, but still gets weak in the knees when it comes to super expensive EVs. Once the green buyers with bottomless pockets have got their copies of these toys, who in the real world is going to buy them?

      To BMW’s credit, they do make the utilitarian i3 (albeit, not cheap, but what Beemer is?) and sell it nation wide (not just another “Compliafornia” car,) If they want to make a sports car that everyone would want and might cost half as much as the Silk Road, why not release the Mini Superleggara
      EV? . . .

      • RobS

        High end cars with high margins provide a test bed for R&D which can then be implemented into future vehicles. Tesla did this with their Roadsters at a starting point of ~$100,000 which enabled them to offer the model S starting at $60,000 which then enables them to offer the gen 3 ~$35,000. I agree that we need mass produced however I do see the benefit if these offerings to help us get there.

        • Benjamin Nead

          Yes, Rob, I’ve heard all this before . . . and agree with you up to a point. But there is a preponderance (at strictly car-oriented sites mostly, more so than an all-encompassing green tech site like this one) of a teen boy sort of fascination with unobtainable and hideously out-priced exoticars. Just so happens that a lot more of them are EVs these day.

          It’s not as if companies like BMW have never built electric cars before. They’ve had trial versions of the Mini Cooper E in the field in 2009 and the trial ActiveEs after that. They’ve now got their full production i3 showing up to dealerships for around $45K base, which is about an entry level price for what they do. Bully for them.

          It’s not as if someone at BMW woke up this morning and said “Damn, we’ve just forgotten everything we’ve learned about EVs since 2009! Quick! Let’s build a $150K 2-seater and figure it out all over again!” I would hope BMW, instead, would continue to build more of their newer EV offerings in or around the i3’s price range. Like I said above: how about a MINI Superleggara?

          Likewise, you can buy a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i-MiEV for around $23K to $29K. There are about 100,000 Leafs on the streets all over the world right now. That’s an amazing accomplishment. Nissan doesn’t need to relearn how to build EVs. I also really like the i-MiEV and only wish Mitsu would get a better supply line for their batteries, so they could make more of them. These two companies have got the entire entry level market for EVs to themselves and it’s a sad commentary on other OEMs who build cars in this price range that they aren’t currently offering electrics (or cynically playing the California ZEV compliance game.)

          Tesla builds beautiful long range EVs and is clearly moving in the right direction. You already noted the lineage and successive price drop with each generation. If they followed up their $100K Roadster with a $150K one, though, they would have been out of business years ago. They also don’t need to relearn with more expensive models . . . just build the big battery factories to bring down the cost of the cells.

          • SirSparks

            Well said. Why is it a Yarpie can get things right that Yanks can’t?

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