Meet Lucy – an all-electric BMW 5 Series that will whip almost anything
One-of-a-kind prototype will reach 100km/h in less than three seconds
More details have been revealed this week about BMW's electric M550i xDrive prototype including the vehicle's high performance, low emission levels, and potential to become a production model.
BMW product manager Matthias Stangl spoke to CNET's Roadshow about Lucy, a modified all-electric M550i xDrive sedan whose name is a reference to Lucifer.
The prototype model has been outfitted with three electric motors which serve as "a test bed for fine-tuning the dynamics of BMW's future electric powertrains."
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In short, Lucy will aid in the development of the company's upcoming electric projects, because her powertrain can be adjusted to feel like a sedan, SUV, or any other type of vehicle according to Stangl.
With all motors generating their maximum power, the car can produce up to 537kW and 1,150Nm of torque. Stangl said its 0 to 100km/h acceleration time is estimated to be 2.8 seconds, a measurement that's likely slower than reality.
CNET stated that after just six laps on the development track, the battery was nearly gone, "but only a couple minutes later, it's topped up and ready to go" thanks to the battery's quick charging capability.
On the inside, the car is simply a G30 5 Series sedan.
While Lucy is a one-of-a-kind prototype right now, Stangl confirmed that "Everything that we're doing in development of this car will somehow lead into a series product."