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"High performance hybrid" – an oxymoron? Not according to BMW, which has two new hybrids coming to the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. One of the two, the X6 Hybrid, promises to be the most powerful hybrid vehicle ever offered with 478 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque from its twin electric motors and 4.4-liter V8 engine combined.

According to what appear to be leaked specs from BMW, the X6 Hybrid will scoot to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds while returning a 20% fuel mileage improvement over the standard X6 with its twin-turbo V8. To set the hybrid apart from its more conventional sibling, BMW will bestow the new fuel-saver with a power dome hood (musclecar elements on a hybrid – HA!) and a bespoke metallic blue hue.

Quicker yet will be the upcoming 7 Series Hybrid, which will reportedly be able to cover the run to 60 in under five seconds flat via the 459 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque provided by its V8-based hybrid powertrain combination. BMW predicts an X6 Hybrid-matching 20-percent increase in fuel efficiency from its 7 Series Hybrid.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      the Smug factor of a hybrid + BMW means we are all going to die. lol

      Seriously though this hybrid crap need to go away, it's not cost effective, and despite what everyone says it's not going to save our planet. So just put it all to bed. I seriously doubt someone who buys an X6 or 7 series cares about saving $1 worth of gas every week.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW drivers would never wear a bluetooth headset. 1. It's built in. 2. That trashy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope you didn't just make a serious reply to my silly comment.

        That would be pretty damned smug.

        • 6 Years Ago
        "the Smug factor of a hybrid + BMW means we are all going to die. lol"

        It's true. Just saying "I drive a BMW Hybrid" with a smug grin causes internal hemorrhaging of the medula oblongata, forcing the listener to beat said BWM Hybrid owner to death with his own bluetooth headset.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't it a few years ago when BMW said that diesels were the way to go, and that hybrids are just a passing phase? Implying it wasn't getting into the hybrid market?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw one of the test mules going into Long Beach over Terminal Island yesterday with the badges removed and "HYBRID VEHICLE" printed out and put on with packing tape. It was still ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Silly car. Love the matte silver paint.
      • 6 Years Ago
      18-19 mpg for a hybrid...what a joke.....hybrids are a damn gimmick, why cant people see that?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Prius owners have a holier than thou attitude across the board. I happen to be friends with many of them who sometimes look at me when i drive my shelby gt500 (so no, i don't own a diesel, nor will i ever own one) like i raped someone.

        i admit my initial figures for the jetta were false, i got them from an outdated motortrend article which, as it turns out, was simply speculating.

        and ummm just because you write fact in front of statements like " Fact: it is hoursepower that gets you to a higher speed, and faster to a higher speed." does not make them true. Torque has a much greater effect on acceleration than horsepower. aside from the fact that i already knew this, it took a 2 second google search to reaffirm my initial conviction.

        and you cannot sum the torque of both the electric and gas engine on the prius like its a first grade math problem, thats not how they work.

        and dont have the cheek to try and explain to me what a hybrid is, im getting my PhD in mechanical engineering you condescending prick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To: Simran
        "the 2009 VW jetta TDI gets upwards of 50 mpg combined using clean diesel tech"
        No. 2009 VW Jetta TDI gets 30/41, no where near the 50 mpg that you claimed.
        "with a much higher torque output"
        No, 2009 VW Jetta TDI get 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft.
        prius get 98 hp/105Lb-ft gas engine plus a 80hp/153 lb-ft torque. that addes up to be 258 lb-ft of torque, which was higher than TDI.
        Just fyi, the electric motor in the 2nd gen prius output 295 lb-ft of torque alone, enough to blow the doors of any diesel lover who claims torque is everything. surprisingly, most diesel lovers keep saying torque = acceleration and fun, and they completely ignore prius....
        "the air of self-righteousness that is endemic in epidemic proportions with Prius owners."
        well. every car has some self-righteousness owners. in fact, most people who brought prius didn't even care much about cars, they buy because it saves money. unlike most TDI drivers, who always get ready to defend their purchase with tons of reasons, sadly, most of their reasons are invalid and laughable, just like yours.
        "Hybrids are a gimmick."
        no it is not.
        1st. hybrid means something is powered by two sources of power. there are many things that are hybrid, include most of the submarines and ships.
        2nd. gas-electric hybrid cars like prius emits 89 g/km CO2, which overtook any other cars except the single passenger Smart fortwo with its 0.8-liter turbocharged 45 hp diesel which emits 88 g/km according to the UK Department for Transport. and i don't need to tell you that pirus get the highest mpg (so far) among all the new cars in U.S.

        Your entire post is full of incorrect information and assumptions. You could NOT give a single fact to support anything you said. That officially qualifies you to be a TDI owner, congratulations.
        Fact: Prius emits less CO2 and NOX (the latter one is purposely omitted by most diesel owners, but does much more harm than CO2) than Jetta TDI.
        Fact: Prius has a higher combined torque than Jetta TDI. even the previous Prius has a combined torque of more than 300 lb-ft.
        Fact: it is hoursepower that gets you to a higher speed, and faster to a higher speed.
        Fact: Jetta is a quicker car than prius, NOT because it has more torque, but because it has more HP.
        ps:i will gladly to see my post get marked down by mindless german-diesel fanboys without any reason or fact.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My friend recommended me a very interesting place ***MeetingWealthy.C om *** It's where wealthy singles looking for someone to enjoy their wealthy lifestyle
        • 6 Years Ago
        478hp, 575 ft.lb of Torque and gets 20+mpg? What other SUV does that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        are you seriously comparing you're little toys to a shelby gt500? i didnt buy this car for the fuel economy. i got it for the 4.4s 0-60 time (on a good day)

        • 6 Years Ago
        Inside line test the VW TDI and it got 30 city, 44 highway. Not bad, but far less than your claims.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Simran

        Personally I have never witnessed this smugness that SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many of you autobloggers appear to be a victim of on a daily basis from Prius owners. So all of you must stop at a light and talk to the Prius owners and then from your conversation you can determine that they look down their nose at you for not having a Prius. Or maybe the only smug and arrogant people out there on the roads are the ones that project a personality and stereotype onto EVERY Prius owner. HMMMM I wonder which of the two scenarios is closer to reality?
        • 6 Years Ago
        *Inside Line tested* should read...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wonder who tend to be more SMUG? Prius owners or people who have a PhD? I think I know the answer, but let me first go ask a PhD to be sure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        definitely PhD holders.....but they very well have a reason to be so. you cant just throw 26000 at a japanese company to get one.

        that being said, its not the "smuggness" of Prius owners which bothers me, its that they think they are better than me because i drive a v8.

        PhD's dont think they are better than others, they just realize that obtaining one is no walk in the park.
        • 6 Years Ago

        you still have failed to point out how Hybrids are a gimmick.

        I honestly dont care about your personal life and your suppose friends who think you raped someone simply because you own a GT500. If you have problems with that maybe you need to find new friends.

        You seem to have some odd inferiority complex going on towards hybrid owners as you seem to have a deep passionate hate for the owners but lack any real reason to hate the car. Hybrid cars are clearly not a gimmick as you pay quite a bit for the technology while gaining A LOT more mileage to the gallon. I will agree with you that BMW do indeed take advantage of the whole green movement. However your original comment of "hybrids are a damn gimmick," is quite the claim.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would be the Ultimate Caravan Hauler in Australia and can carry a family comfortable as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its probably the fastest because most other manufacturers realize that the primary goal of a hybrid isn't to be stupidly powerful. Granted fast cars are awesome, but clearly BMW is sacrificing some serious MPG's to get it - 20% better than a twin-turbo V8? I'm no mathematician but that still sounds pretty crappy. Why not combine the hybrid powertrain with their excellent diesel motor, then it would actually be efficient.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the idea is to use the hybrid powertrain to boost output without making the car less efficient. 20% is still good, although we see how well this worked for the Accord Hybrid (remember that?) and the GS450h, etc. The X6 (and 7) are niche cars and the hybrids will be niche models. Once they perfect the tech they can introduce it to higher-volume models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh, okay got it, thanks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also the ugliest and most pointless....
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...and the most hideous vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...musclecar elements on a hybrid – HA!"

      Well if you wanna talk tough, a hybrid from a solvent company is "tougher" than a muscle car from a company being keep on life support with tax payer money.

      "weak" is a car that no ones wants, offered by a company that couldn't stay in business.
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