Pricing for BMW's first hybrid performance/luxury sedans has now been released. BMW made the announcement during the debut of the 2011 ActiveHybrid 7 models at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
BMW will start delivering the cars in Spring 2011 with a base MSRP of $103,125 including destination and handling for the ActiveHybrid 7 and $107,025 for the long wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7L.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Sedans are equipped with BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and hybrid electric motor.
The sedans also have an auto stop-start feature that improves efficiency without interrupted climate control and other features. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels and tires, Alcantara headliner, leather dashboard and ventilated active front seats.
Other features that are found standard on the vehicle include the Premium Sound System, Head-up Display and Rear View Camera, Comfort Access, Soft-close doors and Automatic trunkgate closing.
But for the ultimate experience, the customer can opt for any of the following: Camera Package, Driver Assistance Package, BMW Night Vision and Rear Seat Entertainment Package. A Luxury Rear Seating Package is also available on the ActiveHybrid 7L. There is a whole range of options to suit individual tastes.
Spring 2010 would be when the BMW 7 ActiveHybrid would roll into dealerships nationwide in the United States and the Americas. It was an instant hit, with a design that’s geared towards merging both amazing performance and fuel efficiency into one package.
The BMW 7 ActiveHybrid’s powertrains consist, first and foremost, of a twin-turbo V8 engine employing High Precision Direct Injection technology. The V8 engine is paired with a 3-phase synchronous electric motor. The electric motor’s core is a lithium-ion battery that powers up the secondary engine.
Together, these two drivetrains deliver a total of 455 horsepower, with 516 lb-ft. of torque. The powertrains are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Such performance from the engines only became possible through precise control on the interaction between them and the vehicle.
As such, the BMW 7 ActiveHybrid’s performance can rival even the best gasoline-powered car in the market. Stepping on the gas, you only have to wait 4.8 seconds for the BMW 7 ActiveHybrid to jump to 60 mph from a standstill.
Despite the upgraded performance and power, the BMW 7 ActiveHybrid is 15% more fuel efficient than the BMW 750i. In addition to fuel efficiency, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is also designed with comfort in mind. In fact, it was the first of its kind.
Never before has BMW put the Auto Start Stop feature to a car in its fleet that has automatic transmission. The Auto Start Stop feature specifically prevents the engine from idling by stopping it automatically, saving gas during traffic jams.
However, with the system engaged, the air conditioning and ventilation systems do not turn off. With the engine turned off, a 120V electrical system fed by the lithium-ion battery powers the AC and ventilation. All components of the car’s performance can be monitored by the driver through the instrument cluster and the Central Display.
While they may look similar as the ActiveHybrid 7 is based on the BMW 7 series, the ActiveHybrid 7 distinguishes itself from the 750i with the 19-inch light-alloy Aero wheels that it carries. These wheels are tuned to be aerodynamic, adding to the car’s performance.
The door cutouts, C-pillars and trunk lids also carry distinctive model designations. The ActiveHybrid 7 is available in two versions – the base and the extended versions. The extended version has a longer wheelbase.
Extended by 5.5 inches, the wheelbase is meant to improve comfort for the rear-seating passengers. Both versions can be personalized according to the owner’s preferences with a range of accessories and optional equipment that is compatible with both body variants.