BMW's ActiveHybrid 7
The German automaker BMW has announced the U.S specification price list for the 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 model which starts at $84,895. For this money the luxury hybrid comes with a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, twin-scroll turbocharged engine and a 40-kW electric motor. This hybrid power train generates 348 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and 367 lb-ft (497 Nm) of torque, enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds, while in electric mode it can go as fast as 37 miles (60 km/h).
It has the same drivetrain as the other models from the company's ActiveHybrid lineup, including the 3-Series and 5-Series models. In addition, just like its smaller counterparts, it has the same eight-speed automatic transmission. The new model year makes the car a proper full hybrid as it's now able to run only on electric power (up to 2.5 miles), unlike the outgoing 2012MY.
Another advantage over the outgoing model would have to be that the power unit will be turned off when the ActiveHybrid 7 comes at a full stop, utilizing its electric motor for converting the vehicle's kinectic energy into electrical energy in the battery.
The car features a single electric motor that has been installed where normally the torque converter is mounted in a car that has an automatic transmission. This electric motor is capable of either powering the car or charging the lithium-ion battery, without being able to do both things simultaneously.
Information regarding the EPA ratings have not been revealed yet but we'll keep you posted once these numbers are out. As a reminder, the outgoing model can return an EPA-rated 20 miles per gallon.