2013 BMW 5 ActiveHybrid

The 2013 BMW 5 ActiveHybrid is fitted with both a standard internal combustion engine and an electric motor.

The electronic systems in the car continually assess power requirements and seamlessly switch between gas and electric power as necessary, thereby delivering maximum fuel efficiency.

Added Feature

However, in the 2013 ActiveHybrid, BMW has taken this system even further by linking it with the navigation system. Using intelligent analysis of driving requirements, the system can carry out various functions, including energy-saving measures, based on the terrain through which it is driving.

For example, the system will know from navigation data that the car is coming to a long downhill stretch and will automatically use that data to start charging the electric motor's battery.

Performance

The BMW 5 ActiveHybrid's gas engine is BMW's award winning and powerful six-cylinder, 3-liter model that can generate 306 horsepower and 295 lbs-ft of torque. The electric motor can generate up to 55 horsepower and can be used to supplement the gas engine in situations where rapid power input is required, for example when accelerating to overtake.

The car is fitted with a fully automatic 8-speed transmission that is fully integrated with both power plants. An optional sport version of the transmission is available to deliver sharper performance if required.

Electric Motor

The electric motor's battery is a lithium based device that BMW built specifically for this car. The unit is stored in the boot between the wheel bases and is fully protected in its own housing.

Added to the standard 14v electrical system, the car also has a high-voltage 317v system that powers the air-conditioning system, adding even more fuel efficiency. The 2013 BMW 5 ActiveHybrid can drive on electric power until the speed reaches 37mph, above which the gas engine kicks in.

Safety Features

The car is equipped with numerous features for enhanced safety. Apart from the ABS, there are systems for braking control when cornering, braking assist, dynamic braking control and dynamic traction control. All of these systems continually monitor conditions and driver actions and will automatically correct by adjusting brakes and power.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: £46,860
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.7 gallons (67 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 49 city / 42 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 192.8 in. (489.9 cm) Wheel Base: 116.8 in. (296.8 cm)
Height: 57.6 in. (146.4 cm) Width: 73.2 in. (186 cm)
Curb Weight: 4243 lbs (1925 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Performance
Engine: 24 Valve Turbo Inline 6 Displacement: 2979 cc
Horsepower: 306 HP Max RPM: 5800 RPM
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1200-5800 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
Electric Motor: ActiveHybrid Power Unit Battery: Lithium Ion
Horsepower: 55 HP Max Voltage: 317v
0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 155 mph (249 km/h)