BMW X6 ActiveHybrid spotted on the road

BMW X6 | August 22nd, 2009 by 5
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With the X6 ActiveHybrid unveiling out of the way, BMW continues road testing for their first hybrid models and two new test mules were spotted in Munich and near Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.

BMW ActiveHybrid X6 features a two-mode hybrid system which allows the X6 to run either on its electric motors alone at low speeds, internal combustion or a combination of both. Compared to the 7 Hybrid, the X6 makes use of not one, but two electric motors which deliver 91 hp and 86 hp, respectively, with peak torque values of 192 lb-ft and 206 lb-ft. Top speed in the electric mode is 37 mph, maximum range is 1.6 miles.

The maximum output is 480 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque, enough to be crowned as the most powerful hybrid vehicle ever offered for sale. The ActiveHybrid X6 runs from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds and still increases efficiency by 20%.  The X6 Hybrid uses a 7-Speed automatic transmission.

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Top speed of X6 Hybrid is electronically limited to 130 mph.

The high-voltage, nickel-metal hydrid technology (NiMH) battery pack featured in the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has a total capacity of 2.4 kWh, with 1.4 kWh available nominally. Maximum output is 57 kW, with the battery’s control unit constantly determining the output level currently available as well as the charge status of the battery.

BMW ActiveHybrid X6 will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Thanks for the photos Rob and commondream !