In the pursue of its motto as the “ultimate driving machine”, BMW machined together its 306-horsepower TwinPower Turbo engine with a 55-horsepower electric drivetrain and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The result is the new BMW ActiveHybrid 5, an expression of efficiency and performance.
Complex by design, both power plants on this BMW hybrid work harmoniously thanks to its intelligent power management system. The electric drive’s lithium-ion battery, located in the trunk, charged as the vehicle brakes or coasts. The drivetrain comes on-line when an additional boost is in need. Thus, an total output of 340-horsepower. Enough to propel the car from a standing start to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds. It can also function independently from its gasoline-powered counterpart up to 37 mph. Thus, rakes in a fuel efficiency rate of about 44-40 mpg, similar to many compact sedans out on the market now. But this being a luxury sedan, expect amenities such a 4-zone climate system, iPhone/iPod connectivity, rear-view camera, BMW Adaptive Headlights, BMW Parking Assistant, BMW Night Vision, and other widgets.