InsideLine drives the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 750i

7-series | May 30th, 2010 by 5
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The folks over at InsideLine brings us a drive review of the new 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7. The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 follows the X6 …

The folks over at InsideLine brings us a drive review of the new 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7. The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 follows the X6 Hybrid which became available recently at dealerships across the country. BMW’s first hybrid performance/luxury sedans will arrive in showrooms next month 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.

Read on for a detailed review of the new 7 Hybrid.

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“Instead, the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 750i is kind of the ultimate version of the 7 Series. While it is true that the electrified 7 is still the big-boned kid in the 7 Series family, it carries its weight well.

The car packs 231 pounds extra compared to a 750i, but it’s also got 20 hp extra from the electric motor, not to mention an extra 155 pound-feet of torque in all the right places. On top of that, the twin-turbocharged V8 is another 40-hp healthier in hybrid trim. No matter how hard we push this behemoth down the road, we just can’t feel those extra pounds that come with the hybrid badges. There is, at times, just the faintest bob in the rear end over undulations, but then again, that might have simply been our stomachs trying to keep up with 4,795 pounds of Bavarian engineering.

German Cooking
The recipe we’re talking about here isn’t exactly as complicated as 11 herbs and spices. Unlike the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, with its two electric motors and complicated transmission, the ActiveHybrid 750i is a mild hybrid — a straightforward powertrain that simply stops and starts when the car comes to a rest. And there’s none of that silent running across the intersection on battery power (which is the thing that Prius owners love so much). The technology at work is no more mysterious than what General Motors has been doing with the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid and Saturn Vue hybrid.

Though, as you may expect, BMW’s execution on the 7 Series is different. And by that we mean, if this were a bake-off, the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 750i would be German chocolate cake made from scratch, while the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid comes out looking more like Betty Crocker from the box.”

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5 responses to “InsideLine drives the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 750i”

  1. Laszlo says:

    for 107 large greenies this better be a Chocolate mousse with a cherry on top… I still fail to understand the concept of a 100k+ hybrid vehicles. It isn’t a mass production car thus the energy savings is zero. If they would drop 10% of HP and took out 10% of weight, the end result would be same.

    listen BMW, make a 3 series with 230HP and 60+mpg in RWD form and I stand behind all the hybrid hype.

    • kcsnyud says:

      I think there is a market, as there are tooo many rich guys, and other executives driving gas guzzlers. Think about it. 455hp and 20mpg!!!! Thats really nice.

      Downsizin is not needed for in=mproved fuel consumption….

  2. viper says:


    a completley new S class coming 2012. more dynamic , elegant (if thats possible?!) than engines from S250 CDI all the way to S63 AMG…one possible two 4cylndier hybrids.
    a new rear wheel drive technique (?!) and a new 9 speed automatic (?!) ( current 7er has 8speed , aka will look like a yesterday car compared to this)
    new S class aka admiral space ship coming 2012.


    new SLS Black series coming 2012 with well over 600hp.

    plus two more sports cars from Mercedes Benz , to compete with coming (or is it) (nevermind) bmw z2, and audi A1 SPIDER (confirmed).

    • Shincai says:

      Well it better come out because the S class engines are very old compared to BMW engines.
      Like the S550 is 6 seconds slower from 0-100 than the 750i

      BMW is currently ahead of Mercedes.
      If that S Class you’re talking about comes in 2012, it’s still possible for BMW to make a facelift of the current 7 series in the end of 2012 or Q1 of 2013.
      BMW is the ultimate driving machine!

  3. 3series= ghey! says:

    BMW is ghey! Any car maker who makes a car like the 318 that is loved so much by posers and asians is gay! What a pity they ruin their good name from cars like the 5 series and 7 series by making the 1 and 3 series!

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