2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 review and pictures

Posted on Sunday, 16 December 2012 , 07:12:42 byVeronica

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BMW ActiveHybrid 3

The Bavarian model, the new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 was taken for a drive by one specialists and enthusiast. In comparison to the 335i sedan, the ActiveHybrid 3 adds 305 pounds of curb weight for a total of 3.860 pounds. The model also lost 3.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

After the modifications, the 3.0-liter engine is capable of generating 335 horsepower and 332 lb. ft. of torque. To transfer all his power to the wheels, the specialists have offered an 8-speed automatic transmission. All this output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The basic price for the ActiveHybrid 3 was established at $50.195. The Germans offer four separate model lines: Sport, Modern, Luxury and M-Sport. All of them look very good on the inside, but also on the outside. As optional, drivers can opt for the 18-inch Streamline design alloy wheels to transfer the output to the road. The model has an official EPA rating of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

When you let off the throttle on a downhill portion of the highway, the internal combustion engine decouples from the driveshaft to the rear axle and shuts off. The best thing about it is that it does not emit pollutants and it does not slow down the car due to the friction of the engine. The customer can also choose the Navigation Professional onboard system that is priced at $2.150 and an intelligent ECU. These increase fuel savings at all time without slowing down, which is just great.

There is also an M Sport suspension calibration and variable sport steering available that together cost $1.000. For another $500, the driver can have crisper shift mapping with the sport automatic that gets a dedicated console lever design. These are all the detail obtained on the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3, as a result of the short test drive.

Source:  autoblog