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BMW's new ActiveHybrid 7

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BMW's 7 Series hybrid is based on a concept car which was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

The future of the BMW Hydrogen 7 has not been determined as yet. However, it is likely that the release of the ActiveHybrid7 will impact on the viability of the Hydrogen 7.

The new BMW ActiveHybrid7 is not expected in Australia or any other RHD market in the foreseeable future.

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14th August, 2009

BMW is presenting their rendition of hybrid technology: the new BMW ActiveHybrid 7.

Based on the BMW 7 Series, this unique car will compete with the already established Lexus LS 600hL hybrid luxury car.

This symbiosis of an upgraded eight-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and High Precision Injection with a three-phase synchronous electric motor gives BMW ActiveHybrid 7 overall system output of 342 kW and maximum torque of 700 Newton metres. Power is transmitted via an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the electric motor positioned in compact configuration between the combustion engine and the converter on the automatic transmission receiving its supply of energy from a lithium-ion battery developed especially for use in the automobile.

Precisely controlled interaction of both power sources serves to optimise not only the efficiency but also the dynamic performance and superior comfort of BMW ActiveHybrid 7. The result is a truly thrilling driving experience and, at the same time, a unique demonstration of hybrid technology with its outstanding potential. BMW ActiveHybrid 7accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, while keeping average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle to 9.4 litres/100 kilometres with CO2 emissions rated at 219 grammes per kilometre.

Hybrid technology also provides new options for the particularly efficient use and enjoyment of additional comfort functions. As an example, BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is the first BMW with automatic transmission to feature an Auto Start Stop function avoiding idle speed operation of the engine when at a standstill or in traffic jams. A further significant advantage is that the air conditioning and ventilation system remains fully operational also with the engine switched off, power being supplied directly through the 120-volt on-board network operating on the lithium-ion battery.

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This unique concept of engine management for the first allows truly effective climate control also at a standstill in a luxury performance car, cooling the interior of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 to a significantly lower temperature right from the start, before the driver even fires the engine.

Special displays in the instrument cluster and the Control Display inform the occupants of the degree of efficiency and the current operating status of the hybrid components. Nineteen inch light alloy rims in aerodynamically optimised ten-spoke turbine wheel design supplied exclusively for BMW ActiveHybrid 7 as well as model designations on the luggage compartment lid, the C-pillars behind the side windows and on the door cut-outs clearly set aside the hybrid models from their “regular” counterparts right from the start. And last but certainly not least, BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is also available in Bluewater metallic exterior paintwork exclusive to this model.

Like the existing models within the BMW 7 Series, BMW’s first luxury saloon with hybrid drive is entering the market in two body variants. The extended version of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 comes with wheelbase increased by 14 centimetres (5.5"), benefiting exclusively the rear-seat passengers. And to optimise the driving experience and grand touring comfort for individual requirements, both models are available with a wide range of options from the portfolio of equipment and accessories offered on the BMW 7 Series.


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