First Drive: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 –

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BMW ActiveHybrid 7

November 18, 2009

Review and by Brian Early


Munich, Germany – BMW is not a company normally associate with cars – perhaps because few associate “hybrid” with – for so long one of BMW’s hallmarks.

you consider the company’s engineering and prowess, combined with its pursuit of “Efficient Dynamics”, the makes sense. Long-term, BMW these vehicles as a step on the to full electrification. (Company are quick to note however BMW isn’t concentrating on any one long-term solution; it has also been involved in hydrogen-powered internal engines.)

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7. Click to enlarge

It probably doesn#8217;t that Mercedes-Benz and Lexus are offering hybrid models in the premium large sedan as the 7 Series, with the S400 and the LS 600h L respectively.

Interestingly, the two BMW ActiveHybrid vehicles would to be simply the same hybrid fitted into two different styles, this is not the case. The X6 is a “full” hybrid that can be on electric power alone, the ActiveHybrid 7 is a “mild” hybrid can’t.

Actually, the only real in their hybrid powertrains is the 4.4-litre, direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V8, a motor also found in non-hybrid BMW models. This is unusual in that the exhaust and turbochargers are mounted in the valley of the the opposite of most conventional

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

In the ActiveHybrid 7, this V8 is tuned to 40 more horses than the 750i/Li’s 400 hp. The slight delay in production that might from the higher state of is offset by the assistance of the hybrid electric motor.

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7. Click to enlarge

Said motor is a 15 kilowatt (approximately 20 hp), 3 synchronous AC unit that is to the crankshaft in place of the flywheel. behind it is an 8-speed ZF automatic (the “8HP”) that is – certain necessary changes, relating to supplying oil pressure at engine rpm – essentially the same is used in some non-hybrid

This means that many hybrid vehicles, often use continuously variable its behaviour is completely conventional, and it has defined ratios. Upshifts are even under full and it’s quick to provide an downshift, even if that skipping a few gears to do so. No oddly CVT feel here.

Drivers with newer BMW products may a learning curve involved in the 7’s shifter, however. It returns to after selecting reverse or just like the even joystick gear selector in a Prius, however it also that you simultaneously depress a “Unlock” button while your selection. Otherwise, request will prompt a reminder from the central screen, but be summarily ignored by the (A second, top-mounted button Park; a separate switch on the operates the electrically actuated brake.)

The electric motor’s direct to the crankshaft allows it to function as the and with nearly ten times the of a typical gear-drive starter and a of 155 lb-ft of torque, engine is both certain and nearly Its design facilitates an idle-stop that contributes additional savings; brake to a complete and the gasoline motor shuts release the brake pedal and it

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