BMW ActiveHybrid 7 arrives at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 18, 2009

BMW is proud in announcing the latest addition to its 7 Series, the ActiveHybrid 7, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The German luxury carmaker touts the ActiveHybrid 7 as a car that will set new standards for performance and efficiency in the premium luxury class.

BMW touts the ActiveHybrid 7 as its only model using electric turbo, thanks to an electric motor continuously backing up its main conventional engine. This, plus a 3-phase electric synchronous motor, allows the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Series to accelerate much faster than the BMW 750i.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Series could be driven from zero to 100 km/h in only 4.8 seconds, and reach an electronically limited top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph) speed. The ActiveHybrid 7 is around 15-percent more fuel efficient than the 750i.

The motor works together with a TwinPower V8 turbo engine that renders 455 hp of output and 516 lb.-ft top torque. The electric motor is well-positioned between the torque converter and the engine, which is mated to an automatic 8-speed transmission.

The ActiveHybrid 7 is also the first BMW model that has an automatic transmission that uses an Auto Start Stop system.

According to Klaus Draeger, a BMW board member, the enhanced performance and improve fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions form the idea behind the carmaker’s Efficient Dynamics strategy, which aims to combine greater dynamics and greater efficiency.

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