Power and performance
Under the bonnet comes a turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six engine. This has been recycled from the powerful 535i which works with an electric motor. Power equates to 325 BHP in total, quite an impressive figure especially for a hybrid vehicle. This type of power is wholly unique for a vehicle within this particular type of category.
A rare car
It is so unique that it comes with a huge price tag and will only be made for a small segment of the UK car market. Don’t expect to see them on the road too often.
A hybrid car with a difference
Hybrid cars usually look and feel differently. With the ActiveHybrid 5 you really couldn’t tell. It has pulling power and drives like a luxury car. That’s why you can describe the car as a luxury hybrid vehicle. You will always hear of hybrid cars of achieving excellent results yet giving out the performance of a petrol vehicle. You’ll definitely enjoy yourself when driving this car.
The car will be able to run for 2.4 miles on electric power only according to BMW. The top speed in this mode will reach 37 MPH. Without the assistance for electric power the engine is able to reach 0 – 60 MPH in just 5.9 seconds, a great time for a vehicle of this particular size. The vehicle’s handling has been praised with steering proving a particular delight.
Where it all started
Other luxury brands have had a go too. Lexus started it all with the GS 450h and the LS 600h. The likes of Audi, Mercedes and Porsche have entered the frame too.
Different driving modes
Driving modes include Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport or Sport +. Each mode has a varying level of efficiency. The battery within the car is charged when the vehicle coasts or brakes, utilising brake regeneration technology. Stop start technology within the petrol engine is also in use.
There will have to plenty of miles covered first however before there any financial rewards are gained. The BMW 5 Series diesel may prove a better value for money purchase. Did the ActiveHybrid5 arrive slightly before it’s time?