The Ultimate Hybrid Machine

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Do you want a sporty sedan, but are still worried about your carbon footprint? The all-new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 may be the answer. It combines BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by a high-voltage battery.

Combined, the engine and motor produce 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Even with its hybrid motor, the ActiveHybrid 3 delivers a 0 to 60 miles per hour acceleration time of 5.1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

The hybrid engine allows the car to travel solely on electric power for up to 2.5 miles travelling up to 45 miles per hour, perfect for driving around town. There is also an ECO PRO mode, which gives the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 a particularly fuel-efficient driving style and uses the all-electric mode more frequently. There is also a coasting mode, which shuts down the combustion engine while the vehicle is coasting.

An advanced fuel-saving feature on the ActiveHybrid 3 is the ability to link the power electronics to the navigation system. When a route has been planned, the electronics can analyze the route to determine the best use of power. For example, if there is a long downhill stretch, the ActiveHybrid 3 will wait to recharge the battery until the car is going downhill to maximize efficiency.

So, if all this efficiency is making you crave the BMW ActiveHybrid 3, they should be arriving in showrooms starting this fall.

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