The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is ready to give hybrid sedan new attitude. Alongside with its siblings ActiveHybrid 3 which is currently on progress, the Bavarian automaker wants to gain a bit of supremacy by giving hybrid vehicle a new luxury standard feature.
The 2012 ActiveHybrid 5 is combining the 3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline V6 that equips with an electric drive system coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s not purely hybrid, but we kudos Bavarian carmaker to be able to pull the hybrid sedan in the production form, not merely a concept. The additional electric motor responsible for giving a boost of 55 horsepower with the total power output will be 340 horsepower.
The base price for 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 for German market is €62,900/$85,702. Wait… does it sound more expensive than the 535i, doesn’t it? Yes, we are afraid that is true as it costs €12,200 more expensive than the 535i which powered by the 3.0L turbocharged V6. If you are confuse which one you have to choose, let put it this way: buying the 2012 ActiveHybrid 5 means you do a little favor helping to save the mother nature; buying the 535i means you do care about the existence of the mother nature, but being a speed-addict is bit difficult to choose the hybrid sedan.
The hybrid powertrain on the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 brilliantly limits the fuel consumption around 6.4 and 7.0L per 100km (44 – 40 mpg). The CO2 emission figures for the 2012 ActiveHybrid 5 sedan score at 149 grams per km. One of the highlighted features on the hybrid 5-series is it can be driven electric-only mode with the top speed around 60 km/h (37 mph). Taking this hybrid sedan for a sprint, it will be able to hit 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds with top speed at 155 mph (250 km/h).