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Meet Lucy, BMW's quickest ever car

Lucy looks like a regular 5 Series, but hides big changes underneath.

BMW has debuted its most powerful ever car - but it’s not the M8 or M760Li, it’s an electric 5 Series concept named Lucy.

Producing a massive 510kW of power and 1150Nm of torque from its tri-motor drivetrain - 75kW and 400Nm more than the potent hero M5 Competition model - Lucy is capable of a ‘sub-3 second’ 0-100km/h sprint, according to BMW. 

The Lucy concept could preview future BMWs. The Lucy concept could preview future BMWs.

For the record, that is 0.4 seconds faster than the M5 Competition and more than a second faster than the M550i xDrive upon which Lucy is based. 

Lucy appears to be a regular 5 Series sedan from the outside, but underneath it hides a 45kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged quickly thanks to 200kW quick charging. 

Weighing 2400kg the car tips the scales about 500kg heavier than the M550i xDrive. It features a single electric motor at the front and two electric motors at the rear. Featuring electric torque vectoring, the setup is said to be more effective and precise than a regular limited slip differential, according to BMW. 

Despite a big battery pack, Lucy can reportedly charge quickly. Despite a big battery pack, Lucy can reportedly charge quickly.

While the tri-motor setup is not yet due in any production BMW, the upcoming electric iX3 will feature the same front motor when it makes it debut later this year.

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