At the 42th BMW unveiled its ActiveHybrid 5, which is set to take America (and possibly Japan) by storm. In addition, at BMW’s stand, two vehicles from Alpina were presented: the BMW Alpina B6 Bi Turbo Coupe and the Alpina B3 GT3 Limited 99.
The new BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is BMW’s first hybrid employing an I-6 as its internal combustion engine; all other hybrids like the X6 used a twin-turbo V-8. The full-hybrid Sedan brings together a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, an electric drive system, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a high-performance lithium-ion battery.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 also comes with a globally unique intelligent energy management system, which works in tandem with the navigation system to prepare the car’s drive functions in advance for upcoming road conditions.
An electric motor sits at the back of the car’s eight-speed ZF developed gearbox, and delivers 39kw of power to the rear wheels, boosting performance significantly over the standard model. The system churns out 332 lb-ft of torque accelerating the car from 0-100 kph in under 6.0 sec.
Moving to Alpina, the B6 Bi Turbo Coupe combines more potent performance with exclusive materials and unique styling. This coupe comes with no less than 540hp.
The B6 Bi-Turbo features an extensive range of standard equipment, including leather upholstery, fully adjustable comfort seats with heating system, navigation system with preparation for Bluetooth mobile phone, USB audio interface, Xenon lights and LED fog lights.
Strictly limited to 99 cars, the Alpina BMW B3 GT3 will be available from spring 2012 at a price of approx. € 90.000,- including 19% VAT.