BMW Manufacturing announced the all-new production version of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 at the Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) last September in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. The 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 will reach the U.S. coast in the second quarter 2010. Based on the latest BMW 7 Series, this unique car set a new standard for performance and efficiency in the premium luxury class.
A symbiosis of an upgraded twin-turbo, High Precision Direct Injection, V8 engine with a 3-phase synchronous elec¬tric motor gives the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 a combined output of 455 hp and maximum torque of 515 lb-ft. Power is transmitted via an 8-speed automatic transmission with the electric motor positioned between the engine and the torque converter. This electric motor receives its supply of energy from a lithium-ion battery developed specifically for this automobile.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has a second interaction of resource control functions to maximize efficiency and dynamic performance. So the result achieved is a unique driving experience that shows the performance capabilities of modern hybrid technology. The BMW 7 ActiveHybrid is able to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds so that the world’s fastest hybrid. At the same time, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 also provides fuel savings of about 15-17% better than the 750i.
Special displays in the instrument cluster and the Central Display inform the passengers of the degree of efficiency and the current operating status of the hybrid components. The ActiveHybrid 7 is distinguished from the 750i by aerodynamically-tuned ten-spoke 19-inch light-alloy Aero wheels, and model designations on the trunk lid, C-pillars, and on the door cutouts. The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is also available in special Bluewater Metallic exterior paintwork.
Technology contained in the BMW ActiveHybrid is also providing new features that improve efficiency while maintaining comfort. For example, the BMW ActiveHybrid BMW 7 is the first with automatic transmission that features Auto Stop Start to maximize efficiency by avoiding idling engine when stopped. Another advantage is that the air conditioning and ventilation systems remain fully operational when the vehicle is stopped and the engine is turned off. In this case, power is provided directly through a network of on-board 120 volt powered by lithium-ion batteries.
Like existing BMW 7 Series models, BMW’s first luxury sedan with ActiveHybrid technology will enter the market in two body variants. The extended version of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has a wheelbase increased by 5.5″, all of which is devoted to the enhanced comfort of rear-seat passengers. Both models are equipped with a high level of standard equipment and a wide range of options is also are available, thus enabling the ActiveHybrid 7 to be tailored the customers individual taste and requirements.