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2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 specs

2012-05-27 20:15

HYBRID POWER: BMW has added to the power of its three-litre straight-six but slashed its fuel consumption with a supplementary electric motor.

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ENGINE
Type: Straight six petrol with synchronous electric motor (BMW ActiveHybrid)
Displacement: 2979cc
Fuel supply system: Turbo-charged fuel-injection
Max power 225kW @ 5800rpm
Max torque: 400Nm from 1200-5000rpm
Electric motor: 40kW/210Nm
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Bore x stroke: 89.6/84mm
Fuel type: Petrol

TRANSMISSION
Type: Eight-speed auto/manual sequential

PERFORMANCE
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 5.9sec
Maximum speed: 250km/h
Fuel consumption: 6.4 litres/100km (combined); actual achieved: 8.7
CO2 emissions: 149g/km (combined)

DIMENSIONS
Overall length x width x height (mm): 4899 x ????1860 x 1464
Wheelbase 2968mm:
Minimum ground clearance: 141mm

CAPACITIES
Passengers: 5
Fuel tank: 67 litres
Cargo volume: 375 litres (70 litres sacrificed to accommodate drive battery)

STEERING
Type: Electric power-assistance
Minimum turning radius: 11.95m

BRAKES
Front: Frame-type aluminium single-piston floating calliper with 348/36mm disc
Rear: Aluminium single-piston floating calliper with 345/25mm disc
Anti-lock: Yes

SUSPENSION
Front: Double track control arm with separate lower track arm level, aluminium, small steering roll radius, anti-dive
Rear: Integral-V multi-arm axle, aluminium, with anti-squat and
anti-dive, double acoustic separation

WHEELS & TYRES
Wheels: 8Jx17" alloy
Tyres: 225/55 R17

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