2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 750Li & Instrumented Test & Car and Driver

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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 750Li

BMW a merry jig on Lexus’s toes.

version of the story adds numbers to our First Drive October 2009.

BMW seems to be on a lately to offer something for no matter how nonsensical a certain particular set of needs and wants may be. in point: the brilliant X6 and its mutant the 5-series Gran Turismo. The in Bavaria’s barrage of the bizarre, the 7-seriesa full-size “luxury hybridseems to actually make relative to those two.

It hurt the argument for its existence a competitor from Lexus, the has been on the road for three now.

BMW’s engineers they set out to increase fuel and the performance gains are a secondary they hadn’t intended, but sounds like PR script to us. No dim they probably had a hunch adding a bunch of extra and torque would make the car Regardless of whether or not they had hunch, we did, and we were In our testing, the 750Li ActiveHybrid from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and through the in 12.8 at 112 mph.

That’s 0.7 second quicker to 60 and 0.9 through the quarter than the non-hybrid 750Li to wear our gear. More (un)importantly, 0.9 second quicker to 60 than the LS600hL we tested. A brief around the high-speed oval that the hybrid 7 rockets to its governor without any of the lethargy associated with hybrids.

on, driving more like suburban Americans, we saw 21 mpg.

So Fast. Now Drive It Like a

Okay, so you really care the hybrid bits? This won’t glide about on power and smugness alone. You motion, you’re going to to choke the planet with the engine. There’s an electric sandwiched between the gas engine and the converter in the eight-speed automatic

It contributes an additional 20 hp and 155 lb-ftcombined output is 455 hp and 515 lb-ftand allows the to sit quiet at stops, as it powers the Although it isn’t a completely stop and start, the transition call attention to itself.

Our complaint is that, although the fires up as soon as you lift foot from the brake, if you at a light or are inching through a lane waiting for a break in a quick leap from to gas beats the re-ignition process and in a herky jerk forward. if you plan on a quick dive for the you can disable the stop/start feature by the shifter into Sport

Braking with Convention

7’s hybridity also is under braking, which the car extremely well, screeching to a from 70 mph in just 160 feetbetter by 7 than the last Audi S4 we Although the mere mention of braking usually erodes the of the stop pedal in question, the 7’s brakes remain and linear. The car lurches slightly deceleration, but it is the fault of the transmission

We noticed the same thing in our 7-series. Of course, the fact the transmission is causing the disruptions and not the doesn’t lessen the obnoxiousness or make it more welcome in an serene car.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

A hybrid setup like car’s requires a smaller than more-advanced systems, and the 7 its lithium-ion pack under the floor. It deals a meager blow to trunk volumedropping it 14 to 13leaving BMW with a one-cube over the LS600hL. BMW engineers us trunk space is the reason the 7-series and ActiveHybrid X6which simultaneouslyuse different systems.

the X6’s full-hybrid setup for greater gains in fuel its larger battery would consumed more of the already-tight space. Also, BMW is quick to out that the battery in the trunk preserve the 7’s weight which is the same 51.5/48.5-percent for the long-wheelbase car as it is for the non-hybrid version, the stubbier model pushes a bit rearward for 51.3/48.7. Weight by about 250 pounds from the components and the beefier rear borrowed from the V-12 necessitated by the increased torque

Look, Ma, Fewer Emissions!

other hybrids based on old polluters, the hybrid 7-series on badging to convey its uniqueness, it’s not so subtle compared other 7s. “ActiveHybrid 7” adorn the trunklid and C-pillars, and also a unique 19-inch design and a bespoke Bluewater color. (We’d have with a nice peaceful and called it “Blackwater Metallic.”)

cues are limited to some to the instrumentationan instant fuel-economy and the battery-charging monitor live in the part of the tachand additional in the vehicle-information screen. One, a bar shows how active the hybrid has been for the past 15 minutes, and the shows the usual hybrid flow in beautiful high Otherwise, it’s the same old which is to say it is attractive, spacious, and (especially in long-wheelbase form).

How Much Did Captain Planet’s Cost?

If you think you need a badge to save the world, wrong. But now there are two ways to $100,000 on a full-size luxury sedan. (We’re not counting the S400 hybrid because it uses a V-6 and its base price of $91,875 would get you laughed at by neighbors.) We’d buy this

Then again, if BMW and Lexus buying retired tugboats, them in leather, and putting on them for street use, have an opinion on which of to buy, too. But that make it any less of a goofy

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