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2012 BMW 5 Series Hybrid: Spy Shots

Posted on December 16, 2010
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You got to love car geeks and their cameras. While BMW had originally unveiled its 5 Series Hybrid Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, Motor Authority has managed to get some photographs of the production ready car being driven around in Munich.

The car doesn’t look very different from the conventional gas-powered car and is based on the same basic mechanics as the 2011 5-Series.

The hybrid has a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine connected to 54-horsepower electric motor that runs on an lithium-ion battery pack.

The hybrid will be about 10 percent more fuel efficient than the original car, though you do have the option of a electric-only driving and stop-start technology.

Additional “luxury” features like climate control will also be powered by the battery pack rather than engine.

According to Motor Authority, “Regenerative charging, smart navigation software that takes topography into account when deciding how much hybrid juice to supply, and all the features and comfort of the standard 5-Series are going to make for a competitive hybrid package, particularly since there are few rivals outside of Lexus in this size and market segment.”

The car will make its international debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Earlier in November, BMW also announced that it will build its first hybrid supercar, to further meet new environment standards.

The car, dubbed the Vision Efficient Dynamics model, will accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles) in 4.8 seconds while emitting 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Its doors open upwards and it’s powered by a three-cylinder diesel engine and two electric motors.

That gives it a similar acceleration rate to BMW’s M6, while emitting just 30 percent of the M6 coupe’s CO2 per kilometer.

The M6’s starts at $102,350 in the U.S.

It’s great to see luxury and sustainability go together, because it opens up the cars to a whole new segment of the population.

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You got to love car geeks and their cameras. While BMW had originally unveiled its 5 Series Hybrid Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, Motor Authority has managed to get some photographs of the production ready car being driven around in Munich.

The car doesn’t look very different from the conventional gas-powered car and is based on the same basic mechanics as the 2011 5-Series.

The hybrid has a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine connected to 54-horsepower electric motor that runs on an lithium-ion battery pack.

The hybrid will be about 10 percent more fuel efficient than the original car, though you do have the option of a electric-only driving and stop-start technology.

Additional “luxury” features like climate control will also be powered by the battery pack rather than engine.

According to Motor Authority, “Regenerative charging, smart navigation software that takes topography into account when deciding how much hybrid juice to supply, and all the features and comfort of the standard 5-Series are going to make for a competitive hybrid package, particularly since there are few rivals outside of Lexus in this size and market segment.”

The car will make its international debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Earlier in November, BMW also announced that it will build its first hybrid supercar, to further meet new environment standards.

The car, dubbed the Vision Efficient Dynamics model, will accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles) in 4.8 seconds while emitting 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Its doors open upwards and it’s powered by a three-cylinder diesel engine and two electric motors.

That gives it a similar acceleration rate to BMW’s M6, while emitting just 30 percent of the M6 coupe’s CO2 per kilometer.

The M6’s starts at $102,350 in the U.S.

It’s great to see luxury and sustainability go together, because it opens up the cars to a whole new segment of the population.

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