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World's most potent hybrid by BMW

2009-08-13 11:05

BMW is to unleash a high performance hybrid in X6 guise at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The ActiveHybrid X6, promises to be the most powerful hybrid vehicle yet with 357 kW and 780 Nm of torque from its twin electric motors and 4.4-liter V8 engine combined.

The drive system featured in the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 consists of a 300 kW V8 power unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and two electric motors developing 67 kW and, respectively, 63 kW.

BMW claims a 0-100 km/h figure of 5.6 seconds for the ActiveHybrid X6 while returning a 20% fuel mileage improvement over the standard X6 with its twin-turbo V8.

Average fuel consumption in the EU5 test cycle is 9.9 litres/100 km and the CO2 emission rating is 231 grams/kilometre.

BMW ActiveHybrid technology offers the driver three significant options: to drive under electric power alone, to use the power of the combustion engine, or to benefit from the combination of both drive modes.

Driving completely free of CO2 in the electric mode is possible up to a speed of 60 km/h. The combustion engine then cuts in as required (as a function of load conditions) and is automatically switched off when driving in overrun at a speed of less than 65 km/h.


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