2011 BMW 1-Series Coupe Active-E spied with details

BMW 1 series Coupe Active-E spied 09.12.2010
BMW 1 series Coupe Active-E spied 09.12.2010 / Copyright SB-Medien

BMW will introduced the electric version of the 1-Series Coupe next year

Here are some spy shots of the 2011 BMW 1-Series Coupe Active-E, an all-electric variant of the 1-Series.

BMW introduced the model as the ActiveE concept at the Detroit auto show last January and this set of shots is the latest hint that Bavarian brand will be taking the model to production, however limited as a test run, as it has the MINI E. The model is slated to be introduced next year.

The prototype photographed here did not have a bonnet and we get an up-close look at the tech in the former engine bay even if we're not quite sure if that's a battery pack on top of an electric motor that we're looking at. The car was being taken to a BMW test facility in southern Germany. Our spy photographers also got a look inside the car too, where they spotted instructions about an EDR-system (Event Data Recorder?).

A good guess is that the 1-Series Coupe Active-E will feature a similar or identical powertrain to the MINI E, the electric variant of the MINI, which is powered by an electric motor with an output of 204 PS (150 kW) and 220 Nm (160 lb-ft) of torque.

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Mister Stig Mister Stig
Thats going to need one large bonnet bulge!!
Dec 11th, 2010 4:09pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
Pfft, what's with this puny non-M 1-Series Coupé? Save it for later when the hype has died down.
Dec 11th, 2010 1:26am
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CDspeed CDspeed
It looks like a planned stunt, its either that or someone got a little lazy and forgot to bring a car cover.
Dec 11th, 2010 12:54am
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Madness Madness
Yes, the one that comes with its very own trailer and X5 to toe it around. Employ a chauffeur to drive the X5 whilst you sit and chill in the 1er!
Dec 10th, 2010 11:51pm
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williamo williamo
Ah yes, of course, the Active-E - the one without a bonnet/hood.
Dec 10th, 2010 10:06pm
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