BMW Concept 7-Series ActiveHybrid

BMW Web TV talks to BMW spokesperson Wieland Bruch at the 2008 Paris Motor Show on the new F01 7-Series ActiveHybrid. The BMW Concept 7-Series ActiveHybrid features the 4.4 litre V8 from the 750i and the X6 xDrive50i, but is supplemented by a 15kW/210Nm electric motor integrated into its 8-speed transmission’s housing.

When the concept was unveiled I was wondering what was the whole idea behind making a hybrid car with such a huge engine. According to BMW, hybrid technologies have the biggest effect on large displacement engines so they decided to add the technology to a car that would save the most fuel compared to a non-hybrid version rather than outright consume the least fuel in total.

It seems that fuel savings of 20% can be expected over a regular 750i, plus someone who could afford a 750i would most likely afford the hybrid bits in the car anyway. But then again he could also afford the fuel, so it’s down to reduced emissions I suppose.

Watch the video after the jump.

PHOTO GALLERY: BMW Concept 7-Series ActiveHybrid
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