The newest hybrid from the Bavarian automaker has just entered BMW’s lineup in the form of the F10 Active Hybrid 5, based on the 535i Sedan, promising new innovative technology, impressive performance and low fuel consumption.
The F10 Active Hybrid 5 takes its power from BMW’s 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, along with an electric drive system, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The German manufacturer says that its inline six-cylinder engine (N55) is delivering 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor has 55 HP and 155 lb-ft, allowing the sedan to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
The electric motor is supplied with energy by a high-performance lithium-ion battery with 96 cells and usable energy capacity of 675 Wh, specially developed for the Active Hybrid 5, placed in the trunk and positioned between the wheel arches.
The newest version of the F10 can be driven on electric power alone up to 37 mph or 60 km/h for a range of around 2.5 miles or 4 kilometers and has a combined EU cycle of 6.4 / 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers (best / worst), which equals 36.8 / 33.6 mpg).
The chassis of the F10 Active Hybrid 5 is the same as the other 5-Series, with a double-wishbone, servotronic speed-sensitive power steering, high-performance brake system and 18 inch alloy wheels.
The German automaker says that the F10 Active Hybrid 5 will arrive in BMW’s US showrooms in March 2012 but its price hasn’t been announced yet.