One of my new favorite websites, DriverSide.com has published a top of the 5 most fun green cars, but the catch is…no hybrids were included. Many people these days associate “green vehicles” with hybrid technology, but the truth is that many of the new diesel models can be and are included in the green cars category.
Of course, electric cars are by default included and….even some gasoline powered vehicles. In their Top 5 Green Cars, BMW Group takes the two top sports with…..yes, the BMW 335d, newest and latest BMW model released in the U.S, and the MINI Cooper S, the 172 horsepower, a great fuel-saver.
1. MINI Cooper S
This car might be the most aggressive thing to come out of the UK since Simon Cowell began belittling Idol wannabes. The turbocharged S trim gives the Cooper a boost to 172 horsepower. In a car this small, with such a low running stance, that equates to a serious amount of power. A fuel-saver long before it was even in fashion, this Mini returns 34 mpg on the highway and 26 around town.
2. BMW 335d BluePerformance
The first diesel BMW to hit the states in 20 years is going to be a serious contender, just like it already is throughout the rest of the world. This particular clean diesel produces 265 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque from its 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six. It’s available as an automatic only, since they haven’t yet invented a manual able to handle all that torque – shouldn’t be too much longer until they find a way. The twin turbo delivers more than enough power while keeping mileage down to just 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
Who are the other three fun green cars? Head over to DriversSide for a detailed article.