The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is only a few months from hitting dealer floors, which makes this as good a time as any to release pricing. The ActiveHybrid 5 will start at $61,845, *including a $895 destination and handling charge.

That's about $8,000 more than the 535i, but the extra coin will go towards a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine that packs 335 horsepower when combined with a 55-horsepower electric motor. That's enough power to launch the ActiveHybrid 5 from zero to 60 in a scant 5.7 seconds and the lithium-ion battery pack carries sufficient juice for the ActiveHybrid 5 to travel 2.5 miles on electricity alone.

The ActiveHybrid 5 arrives in dealerships this spring. Hit the jump to read BMW's uncharacteristically brief press release.
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Detroit, MI - January 9, 2012... On the occasion of the North American International Auto Show, BMW today announced the retail pricing of the new 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5. The M.S.R.P. will be $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge).

Based on the BMW 535i Sedan, the ActiveHybrid 5 brings together BMW's 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, an electric drive system and an 8-speed automatic transmission for the first time for a combined output of 335hp. The latest generation of BMW ActiveHybrid technology also adds precisely controlled energy management to the mix. All of which gives the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 an exceptional balance of performance and fuel economy for a benchmark performance/luxury sedan.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 can operate in all-electric mode up to a speed of 37 mph (60 km/h), for zero emissions in town. The lithium-ion high-voltage battery can store sufficient energy to give an all-electric driving range of up to approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) at an average speed of 22 mph (35 km/h). Conversely, the powertrain system can combine the engine and electric motor torque to accelerate the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is scheduled to arrive in US BMW Centers in late Spring 2012.


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      Tim Tav
      • 2 Years Ago
      Paragraph three in the press release does not make sense, and I majored in math... It can go all electric at 37 MPH in town, yet for only 2.5 miles at an average speed of 22MPH? I don't see the point in this "hybrid" system. I agree with jake - where is the fuel economy here if one can only go 2.5 miles on a charge. And people complain about the Volt going 30-40 miles on electricity only...
        Devin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tim Tav
        This is a regular hybrid, not a plug in hybrid. If it was a plug in and had those numbers it would be terrible but most if not all regular hybrids with an electricity only mode have a very limited range and a very limited speed at which they can be driven without the engine kicking in to assist. It's all about the size of the batteries.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, that's expensive. o_o
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        Ak74
        • 2 Years Ago
        i8 0-60 4.6 sec 80MPG
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        I haven't seen that they've tried, it's not that they're incapable of it. When you build hybrids with twin turbo 6cyl and V8 engines, you aren't exactly building them to achieve the best mileage. Then again, it's pretty much exactly as I'd expect from a performance-oriented company such as BMW.
        alexdethier@mac.com
        • 2 Years Ago
        because lexuses are lighter POS (toyotas with leather interiors). Ever look under the seat of a lexus?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is an expensive car! I suspect most folks able to afford a $64,000 car don't need to concern themselves with the cost of fuel, so why would they buy this rather than the regular gasoline model, which is much cheaper? Didn't BMW try this hybrid business with the X6? Now that was really a useless exercise. (But I don't feel sorry for the suckers who bought one and will have to afford repairs 5+ years down the road.)
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Repairs on luxury cars are expensive. Fact. Those overpriced Toyotas ain't that cheap to fix either. In fact some of their dealerships charge more or less the same for spare parts and labor costs. Fact.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        If you assume that hybrids can only be used to save fuel then your comment makes sense. In this case however, it's a performance additive and has side effect of actually increasing fuel economy as well. Not as much as a true, fuel economy-minded hybrid model, but it will use less fuel than a standard gas-only model with similar performance. You can have it both ways you know.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      People, please stop with comments about this car being ridiculous. Does BMW actually want to produce this car? No. Do people actually want to buy this car for such $$$? Absolutely not. Does this car has an actual purpose? Yes! Go to EPA's site and read all about future proposals for CAFE and emission standards and other ridiculous BS and you'll understand why BMW (and other manufacturers) have to make such ridiculous cars.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      I felt sleepy when I saw this car.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        I felt like eating bacon. But I always feel like eating bacon.
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        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        So, by all means get a $62k luxury car for 2 minute drives. Those will be the most pleasant and engaging 2 minutes of your day.
        bmw_sucks
        • 2 Years Ago
        For 2 miles drive, get a Golf Cart, or a Segway
          FoxJ30
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bmw_sucks
          how about a bicycle?
        MySchizoBuddy
        • 2 Years Ago
        mee too. I practically live in the mall and all my friends live in my home. so I never have to use the car for anything. So 2.5 miles for me is like infinity. I'm really excited of spending 62 grand to get infinite electric miles. Go BMW your fanboys will die for you /s
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      With EPA estimated 22/33 MPG, it's more expensive and less efficient than it's competitors NICE! BD
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      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why spend that much R&D money on something that clearly won't sell, and is kinda pointless?
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