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Gamite
05-15-2009, 10:32 AM
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its the car that proves BMW is heading back to the future!

In an unlikely partnership, the German company has teamed up with the UKs Bath University to design a new range of eco-friendly two, three and four-wheeled city runabouts. With this news comes the suggestion that the Isetta badge could make a comeback after 50 years, providing the main inspiration for the four-wheeled microcar.

Ideal for busy city roads, the tiny BMW would be rear-engined and rear-wheel drive, to provide the perfect balance of power and handling. Due to its tiny dimensions, the Isetta should be easy to park. And inside, it will be packaged in a similar way to the Toyota iQ, and will offer seating for three adults, plus an occasional chair behind the driver.

Sources at BMW have said that, despite its retro heritage, the new Isetta will be very futuristic. From launch, the range of small-capacity petrol and diesel engines should deliver economy in excess of 100mpg and emit less than 90g/km of CO2 although other power systems are also under consideration. An all-electric version is the preferred option. A spokesman told us: We are testing the viability of battery power with our MINI e.

We need to see how people use these cars, as well as establish what kind of performance, range and life we can achieve. Only that way can we ensure it is truly viable.

We are committed to producing a super-economical or zero-emissions vehicle or range of vehicles. However, its going to be at least five years before production models hit the road.

BMWs tie-in with Bath University suggests development is gathering pace, and as demand for eco vehicles is so buoyant, the Isetta could appear in showrooms here as early as 2011, with an electric version following close behind.

Source: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/235654/brits_to_design_reborn_isetta.html

e30bim
05-15-2009, 11:18 AM
Very cool. I always liked the isetta. I'd like to see these driving around alot more than than echos and civics.

Gamite
05-15-2009, 02:18 PM
I think it would be more like a smart car than civic.

Dado 540
05-15-2009, 02:27 PM
Definitely needs a grill.

Just as an idea:

Gamite
05-15-2009, 02:53 PM
http://www.autocult.com.au/img/gallery/full/5299Q86X.jpg

no grill

BMW_7
05-15-2009, 05:10 PM
I love that look.very hot. I could see this outselling the Smart like the new Mini did with the Beetle.

BigD
05-15-2009, 06:27 PM
SIde doors = not Isetta

punnzzells
05-16-2009, 12:43 PM
GO BMW GO!

Finally, something to get excited about!

344i
05-16-2009, 02:39 PM
they need to tweek the styling a tad.

saix
05-17-2009, 11:57 PM
Sorry, but what is the difference between this and the issetta?
http://www.theleasingco.co.uk/images/car_images/VW%20Beetle.jpg
http://photos.autoexpress.co.uk/images/front_picture_library_UK/dir_614/car_photo_307494_7.jpg

Oh yea... the issetta back window is smaller which makes it amazing!!!

get off bmw's dick this car is ugly...original is nice but this wow...

I thought bmw was the leader in design....damn recession.

Kris Mason
06-06-2009, 03:28 PM
There are reports saying that BMW will be joining forces with Bath University of the UK to come up with a new family of environmentally-friendly two-, three- and four-wheeled city vehicles. Because of this there are some speculations that suggest a revival of the 50 year old Isetta badge, to provide the inspiration for the four-wheeled diminutive. The tiny BMW, which is perfect for busy urban streets, will come with rear-mounted powerplant and rear-wheel drive for a harmony of power and handling. BMW sources have pointed out that in spite of the cars dated heritage the new Isetta will be quite the car of the future.