2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 could surprise with performance, fuel-economy

In two months, BMW will show a concept version of its hybrid 5-Series at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The production version, which will be known as the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, could surprise many when it comes to performance and fuel-economy.

When it hits markets at the end of this year or early next year, the ActiveHybrid 5 will use the ActiveHybrid 7‘s mild hybrid system with an electric motor sandwiched between a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 and an 8-speed automatic transmission. A lithium-ion battery pack will sit in the trunk.

No performance figures are really known yet, but to give you a slight idea – the ActiveHybrid 7 goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds – faster than the 750i. It also manages to boost fuel-efficiency by 15 percent over the 750i.

No word on pricing either but sources say that a ActiveHybrid model could cost an extra $7,500.

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– By: Omar Rana