Revealed: the BMW ‘Vision Next 100’ concept

BMW celebrates 100 years this week. Here’s the car that’ll lead the party

BMW’s vision for the next 100 years is a sporting saloon. Not an SUV, not a hypercar, not a nuclear-powered flying car. Sports saloons are, says Adrian von Hooydonk, ‘the core’ of BMW.

But the BMW Vision Next 100, to give the car its full name, is also autonomous, shape-shifting and powered by something they won’t name.

Just like the i8 Spider revealed at CES in January, it has two modes. You drive or it drives.

But even when you’re driving, you’re in ‘boost mode’ - boosted into a hero driver. Augmented-reality guides you, projecting the ideal steering line and speed onto the windscreen.

The augmented-reality display will also project hidden hazards into your field of view. BMW’s example is a cyclist obscured by a truck. An image of the cyclist is projected onto your windscreen, making the truck magically semi-transparent.

If even that is all too difficult, or you have other things to do, switch to ‘ease mode’. The steering quadrant folds away and the chairs swivel around so you can kick back and get on with life.

Now, this shape-shifting business – or ‘alive geometry’ as van Hooydonk calls it. The armadillo-scales triangles on the dash let the car warn you, almost subliminally, of upcoming hazards by opening to reveal their red flipsides.

The external bodywork wears more of the same triangular motif. The wheels are faired in, so when the front ones turn to steer, the bodywork stretches to accommodate them. At the back of the car, the profile lengthens with speed, cutting aero drag.

At the front, the kidney grille is present and correct, but van Hooydonk points out it isn’t needed as an air intake – a clue that there’s no straight-six behind there. Instead they have re-purposed the grille as a porthole for all the sensors the car needs to drive autonomously.

“If you can imagine the future, you’ve made the first step,” says AvH. He’s imagined something pretty, don’t you think. But the future? Thoughts below, please.

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    • Людмила Мила
      Людмила Мила

      Как какашка в презервативе.

      about 8 hours ago
    • Mithun Ray
      Mithun Ray

      My car

      about 13 hours ago
    • MASKEDblack RoZe. SAMMY
      MASKEDblack RoZe. SAMMY

      Real life superhero car

      about 18 hours ago
    • SASHA YANKE
      SASHA YANKE

      Super👍

      about 19 hours ago
    • TreyMoney21 _ YT
      TreyMoney21 _ YT

      This car is soo futuristic

      about 19 hours ago
    • Jaime Corzas Prieto
      Jaime Corzas Prieto

      Una vil copia del Mercedes Benz, no les digo...

      about 22 hours ago
    • Haley Davidson
      Haley Davidson

      Have fun with your $1000 tire change

      about 1 day ago
    • Entertainment and earnings helps BD
      Entertainment and earnings helps BD

      How much?

      about 1 day ago
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      Hieu Le

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      about 1 day ago
    • Just Emm
      Just Emm

      what if the car is red to begin with...?

      about 1 day ago
    • احمد سعيد
      احمد سعيد

      اللهم صلي علي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

      about 1 day ago
    • BROKEN LOVE
      BROKEN LOVE

      BAHARAINA MOTORS WORK

      about 1 day ago
    • StephenMSZ
      StephenMSZ

      Technology taking over cars.

      about 2 days ago
    • Gordymax
      Gordymax

      Plot twist: This car was designed for broke people. It only costs $11

      about 2 days ago
    • Twayib Ismail
      Twayib Ismail

      I cannot understand 😵😵😵 how do the wheels move!!!??

      about 3 days ago
    • YBOGXey_17 17
      YBOGXey_17 17

      Lol it’s prolly cheap and fake but if it’s real imma make a move

      about 3 days ago
    • Dadada Duck
      Dadada Duck

      Person crosses the street while car is hungry
      There goes a pedesterian

      about 3 days ago
    • Tony Stone
      Tony Stone

      don't like it a nice set of wheels and rims make the car ... this kinda looks like it has a car cover on it

      about 3 days ago
    • Pablo Albu
      Pablo Albu

      The most stupid thing I ever seen...

      about 4 days ago
    • Liel Pinchasov
      Liel Pinchasov

      Is fotoshop

      about 4 days ago
    • Idikis Sin
      Idikis Sin

      The most expensive fender bender of your whole family's collective lives

      about 4 days ago
    • Yuosif Mohammed
      Yuosif Mohammed

      I'm Iraqi

      about 4 days ago
    • Zain Asif
      Zain Asif

      At the end of the day, no one will buy this piece of shit

      about 4 days ago
    • Zain Asif
      Zain Asif

      Imagine the malfunctions....

      about 4 days ago
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      FBKFBKFBK我想白上吹雪

      我膨胀了,居然敢点进来

      about 4 days ago
    • Mohammed aziz
      Mohammed aziz

      This not raele

      about 4 days ago
    • Dext Thunder
      Dext Thunder

      Dose it have 5G Onbord?

      about 4 days ago
    • Tsumujikaze77
      Tsumujikaze77

      “Oh shit, speed bump!” 😂
      Cool car though 😱

      about 5 days ago
    • Kelvin Sun
      Kelvin Sun

      Those wheel shapes made me very uncomfortable

      about 5 days ago
    • therealguy
      therealguy

      Too cool

      about 5 days ago