There’s no driving pleasure without the right engine power: But what’s the use of pressing the gas pedal hard, if the power doesn’t get to where it’s needed? On rapid acceleration out of corners or in the wet, or on loose surfaces such as ice, snow or dirt, you soon find one wheel spinning helplessly [...]
Monday, February 16, 2009
As far as the latest project by HAMANN-Motorsport is concerned, the name says it all: the Laupheim-based refiner called its latest creation for BMW X6 TYCOON
The BMW X6 Hybrid will be arriving later this year followed by the 7-Series Hybrid in early 2010. But before you get your hopes up to purchase a hybrid from the Munich and hold off on buying another competitor hybrid, let’s take a look at what you should expect.
According to KickingTires, who spoke with BMW’s VP of engineering Tom Baloga, the BMW X6 Hybrid will be a “full” hybrid. The two-mode hybrid technology will come from a partnership with Chrysler, Daimler and General Motors and will be mated to the X6 xDrive50i’s 4.4L turbocharged V8. It will offer a 20 percent better gas mileage which should work out to a combined fuel-economy of 18 mpg (as compared to the 15 mpg of the gas model).
The BMW 7-Series Hybrid will be a “mild” hybrid meaning it won’t run on electric power alone nor will it have fuel-saving technologies like a start/stop system. It will get a transmission-mounted electric motor that adds 20-hp to the 750i’s 4.4L turbocharged V8. A lithium-ion battery will sit in the trunk instead of a spare tire. Baloga did not say how much more efficient the 7-Series Hybrid will be when compared to its gasoline sibling, but previous reports say that fuel-emissions will be reduced by 15 percent.
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