2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 5-Series review and pictures

Posted on Sunday, 4 December 2011 , 13:12:07 byAngela

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BMW ActiveHybrid 5-Series

A further ActiveHybrid production model takes the BMW intelligent hybrid drive technology to the next level. Efficiency and driving pleasure are enhanced by an electric motor which combines with a petrol engine. The controlled energy management provides an outstanding balance between fuel consumption and performance. The combined power of the drive system is of 250 kW/340 HP, ensuring a 0-100 km/h sprint in just 5.9 seconds and thus, limiting the average fuel consumption to between 6.4 and 7.0 litres per 100 km. The CO2 emissions between 149 and 163 g/km provide the safety of the envronment. A lithium-ion high-voltage battery placed in the boot powers the 40 kW/55 HP electric motor, while the power from both drive units is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, offering the sportiest performance in its class. Hosting innovative functions designed to ensure efficient powertrain operation, the power electronics comprise intelligent energy management in order to exploit the full potential of BMW ActiveHybrid technology. While in ECO PRO mode, the petrol engine can be switched off on overrun and disconnected from the drive shaft, at any speed up to 160 km/h. The engineers designed all the new hybrid components to last the life of the vehicle. Even more impressive, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the only model in the BMW 5 Series offered with Bluewater metallic exterior paintwork and a stylish interior enhanced by a Professional navigation system, 4-zone automatic climate control and stationary air conditioning.