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BMW ActiveHybrid 7 first exclusively for VIPs

7-series | December 28th, 2009 by 7
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Before the official launch of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 in 2010, the new luxury sedan will be exclusively driven by public figures and VIPs, a …

Before the official launch of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 in 2010, the new luxury sedan will be exclusively driven by public figures and VIPs, a move that BMW hopes it will draw some attention to their first high-end luxury hybrid sedan.

As the official launch date approaches, the 7 Series hybrid will be available to other customers as well. BMW’s first hybrid performance/luxury sedans will arrive in showrooms in Spring 2011 with a base MSRP of $103,125 including destination and handling for the ActiveHybrid 7 and $107,025 for the long wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7L.

The first production ready BMW hybrid uses a different electric drive setup from the X6 Hybrid and it’s being considered a mild hybrid. The system was developed in collaboration with Mercedes Benz. The upgraded V8 twin-turbo with High Precision Direct Injection runs together, at the same time, with a 3-phase synchronous electric motor which is positioned between the engine and the torque converter. The electric motor generates approximately 20 hp and peak torque of 155 lb-ft.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7 first exclusively for VIPs

The “pumped up” V8 twin-turbo engine produces 40 horsepower more than the engine found in the 750i/Li models to a total of 400 horsepower. The overall combined output is being advertised at 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It runs from 0-62 mph in only 4.7 seconds.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has an average fuel consumption of 9.4 liters in the EU cycle (25 MPG US), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 219 grams per kilometer.

[Source: BimmerToday ]

  • Soofdawg

    Unfortunately, this does not excite me as much as the diesel alternative. Let’s bring that stateside and keep working on a less expensive hybrid. I’m ready to put a deposit down for the diesel.

  • Gord

    BMW’s hybrid, is kind of interesting in that they made a more powerful V8 7 series that uses less fuel.

  • MarkusIB

    @Gord: u’re right, it is impressive to have more hp at lower fuel rates. However the question remains: Shouldn’t have the focus been on lowering fuel rates? Who needs yet more hp in this car?

  • :p

    Wow A full size Sedan with 25 MPG and can run on par with the Camero SS, This car is just plain awsome

  • Josh B

    Agreed. Its got “brain and muscle” if you like.
    I would have oppted for the hybrid 7 if i hadnt of jumped the gun and gone for the 50LI when it was released….More power and less fuel, and i would bet that it retains a better re sale value, something the 7 series is a shocker at, at least here in Aus

  • Babken

    Josh B,
    At least you can sell your 750Li and buy the hybrid version with some add-up.

  • 100$ GUY

    Its not impressive if you consider that you pay a $23K premium. U get more power? U should. U get more MPGs? U should.

    I find more appealing and interesting for a hybrid the approach BMW seems its gonna take with the new 5 series hybrid.

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