BMW 116d EfficientDynamics returns 103 mpg UK during RAC Future Car Challenge

2012 BMW 1-Series EfficientDynamics Edition 13.1.2012
2012 BMW 1-Series EfficientDynamics Edition 13.1.2012

39 percent mpg improvement over official ratings.

A BMW 116d EfficientDynamics returned 103 mpg UK (85.7 mpg US or 2.7 liters / 100 km) during the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012.

It managed to win the Best Internal Combustion Engine class after completing the 64-mile route from Brighton to London. Despite the challenging route with many miles of uphill section and busy traffic, the five-door hatchback recorded a 39 percent mpg improvement compared to the official 74.3 mpg UK (61.8 mpg US or 3.8 liters / 100 km) combined economy figure.

The vehicle is powered by a 1.6-liter, inline-four turbocharged diesel engine with 116 hp (86 kW) and 191 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, enabling the car to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 10.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 121 mph (195 km/h).

Fuel-saving technologies include aerodynamic upgrades and low-rolling resistance tires that also helped lower CO2 emissions to only 99 g/km.

Additional details are provided in the attached press release.

Source: BMW

BMW’s award-winning and cleanest car currently on sale in the UK now has another accolade. A BMW 116d EfficientDynamics five-door Hatchback entered into the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012 achieved an outstanding103mpg over the 64-mile Brighton to London route, winning the Best Internal Combustion Engine class in the process.

The route from Brighton to London included many miles of uphill section and busy London traffic, but event organisers measured the fuel used over the challenging route recording a 39 per cent improvement over the official 74.3mpg combined economy figure. The Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge event was first introduced in 2010 to showcase low energy use vehicles. It features competitors driving electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission conventional petrol and diesel cars on a route from Brighton to London, using the least amount of energy possible. The event is a real-world test of current and future vehicle technology.

The 116d benefits from a suite of BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies, which are designed to maximise fuel economy and lower emissions. These technologies were put to good use on the completely standard car by an experienced driving duo from Green-Car-Guide.com editor, Paul Clarke, and engineering specialist Paul Andrews from Oaktec, who between them have won nine eco-driving events and 24 class wins in special stage rallies.

The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics is a rear-wheel-drive family hatchback that can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 10.5 seconds, has a top speed of 121mph yet still achieves impressive performance figures. With its 99g/km emissions figure the BMW 116d qualifies for zero Vehicle Excise Duty, is exempt from the London Congestion Charge and it has a benefit in kind rating of just 13 per cent for company car drivers.  

Steve Chater, Corporate Operations Manager, BMW UK said: “We know our cars are class-leaders when it comes to efficiency and driving pleasure but this result raises the bar further. Being able to achieve more than 100mpg is an outstanding result and this is on top of it being the cleanest BMW ever offered for sale in the UK courtesy of 99g/km CO2 emissions. 2012 has seen BMW launch ActiveHybrid models in 3, 5 and 7 Series guises, but while we push ahead bringing new technologies to market we will continue to enhance the conventional combustion engine as has been clearly demonstrated here.”

Paul Clarke, Editor of Green-Car-Guide.com, said: “It is an incredible achievement for a BMW to achieve over 100mpg on a busy Saturday morning drive from Brighton into central London. Hybrids and electric cars certainly have an important future, but it shows that people shouldn’t write off the internal combustion engine yet, as its efficiency is improving all the time.”

The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics was the only premium brand vehicle in its class. As well as competing in the event, the Green-Car-Guide.com team also drove the car from the North West to Brighton, and back again, a round trip of over 500 miles, and achieved more than 90mpg over the motorway route. Eco-driving principles were applied during the event to achieve the extremely high fuel economy.

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MercLeRoux MercLeRoux
Thats amazing, i mean who in there right mind would buy a hybrid over this, or for that matter any modern diesel car? Manufacturers really are a point of truly amazing engines, i mean 2.7l/100km is like a scooter!!!
Nov 7th, 2012 6:46pm
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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Just needs that nose fixed....
Nov 7th, 2012 1:21pm
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
For all the current challenges not having an onboarda camera for all the competitors is simply not profesional. Especially with this kind of low fuel comsumption a full recording of the drive is a must for the year 2012. Come on, we're in the future, when all kind of thecnologies were dreamt by our predecesors, and ... they exist. So, use them, show us that 100mpg drive, so we, the population can judge for ourselves if it's real or just bragging
Nov 7th, 2012 12:45pm
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Hellbound Hellbound
The BMW 116d ED is powered by a twin power turbo charged four cylinder diesel engine with a capacity of 1598cc. It's not a 2.0 liter, it's a 1.6 liter.
Nov 7th, 2012 2:38am
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Cue the "its still ugly" comments when these new 1 series models is selling by the boatloads. They are becoming increasingly common on the roads here.
Nov 7th, 2012 12:55am
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raduq raduq
here.. where?
Nov 7th, 2012 12:57pm
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djcocum djcocum
Here in Spain is selling pretty well
Nov 7th, 2012 10:02pm
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Thats as efficient as an EV car! Great
Nov 6th, 2012 10:09pm
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