This BMW 7-series hybrid prototype test car arrived in Death Valley last night to begin hot weather testing, in what is likely one of the final phases of testing.
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BMW’s push into new territories includes EfficientDynamics, their overarching brand name for greener and meaner BMWs. BMW aims not only to make their cars more green, but actually more efficient while maintaining their sporting credentials.
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The BMW M7 (or hybrid or M-sport) prototype has been spotted again, this time with a bulging hood which typically indicates an ///M engine underneath. However, the usual other signature ///M bits are missing, such as quad tail pipes and side fender accent.
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This car is BMWs entry level xDrive car using a 2.0l 4 cylinder diesel engine putting out about 143hp. This car is meant for economy first of course and seems to be filling in a gap while BMW awaits the arrival of the X1.
BMWs official Press Release
Quote: Munich. Fascinating agility on all kinds of terrain … CONTINUED
Here are the latest photos of both the upcoming X6 M and X6 Hybrid while undergoind extensive testing
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I know, I know there has been alot of talk of why BMW would take its biggest largest car, with such a big engine and make that into a hybrid. But I look at this as just the first of many cars, and if BMW can make it happen with this car, imagine how good it will be when the technology trickles down.
Regardless, here is a technical PDF file on the details of this car: Attachment 187900
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BMW releases first details for Concept 7-Series ActiveHybrid
Next months Paris Motor Show will see Mercedes-Benz and BMW go head-to-head in the hybrid stakes, with both carmakers scheduled to unveil advanced petrol-electric versions of their respective flagship saloons at the upcoming show. Mercedes released the first details for its S400 BlueHYBRID last week, and confirmed the car for a mid-2009 launch date.
BMW has now followed up with first details for its own Concept 7-Series ActiveHybrid, which joins the previous Vision EfficientDynamics diesel-hybrid based on the X5 … CONTINUED
One of our members Daniel N recently caught this BMW X5 with a large hood mount testing in Michigan. This car has been speculated by most everyone as being a hybrid version of the X5 with technical monitoring equipment resting under the large hood mount. Most notable about these pictures is that the car is cruising around Michigan so it seems we are in store for some hybrid BMWs on US shores in the near future
Heres what Daniel mentioned about the car:
The Hydrogen Road Tour stopped at the SC BMW Plant for a couple of hours on Saturday (yesterday).The Hydrogen 7 was there along w/ hydrogen powered…..MB A Class,Hyundai Tucson,Kia Sportage,Toyota Highlander,VW Touran,and Nissan X-Trail.Shot alot of pics! Might need to do this in a couple of threads.Hydrogen seems to be a way to keep the internal combustion engine and break away from the Middle East oil.The Hydrogen 7 was running on hydrogen only.The range on all hydrogen power is 125+/- miles.The liquid hydrogen is stored at -418F degrees.You can see … CONTINUED
BMW Hydrogen 7 Joins Department of Transportation, Department of Energy and Leading Automakers on a Two-Week Tour of 31 Cities, August 11 – August 23 – Portland, ME – August 11, 2008… The BMW Hydrogen 7 — the first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan — joins an unprecedented cross-country journey featuring hydrogen-powered cars by the worlds leading automakers in the 2008 Hydrogen Road Tour.
From August 11 – 23, the hydrogen powered convoy will travel from Portland, Maine to Santa Monica, California with one goal: to call on congressional leaders to support the … CONTINUED
With BMWs X6 Active Hybrid now well advanced in its development
process, the appearance of this hybrid X5 is not entirely unexpected.
Spinning off the hybrid technology on the X5s largely related
platform seems a no-brainer in this increasingly fuel-conscious
If the huge hood bulge wasnt enough of a giveaway that a new hybrid
powertrain resides within the X5, the neon green warning sticker
affixed to the X5s backlight seemed to announce the state of affairs
plainly enough. It reads: “Caution: Hybrid-Prototype (High Voltage
The real question regarding this X5 Hybrid is whether its running a
gasoline or … CONTINUED
According to BMW chief executive Norbert Reithofer in a pre-release of his interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the next generation 7 Series, which is coming out later this year, will get some sort of hybrid powertrain. The details of this powertrain are still in the air as far as we know, but we have a feeling it will be inline with what Lexus has been offering and will be decidedly weighted towards power. It should be a great addition to the BMW lineup and may be a signal of great … CONTINUED