BMW has launched its first hybrid models at the Frankfurt motor show — and one of them will be the world’s most powerful hybrid.
Badged ActiveHybrid X6 and ActiveHybrid 7, the two cars use V8 petrol engines, but the X6 features two electric motors while the 7-series has one.
The X6’s drivetrain will produce a combined 478bhp and 575lb ft, which makes it the most powerful hybrid in the world, according to BMW.
That’s enough to enable the car to reach 62mph in 5.6sec, just 0.2sec slower than the xDrive50i. BMW also claims combined fuel consumption of 28.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 231g/km. The car can also run on electric power only at up to 37mph for 1.6 miles.
BMW has attempted to differentiate the ActiveHybrid X6 from a regular X6 with the addition of what it calls a powerdome on the bonnet — a bulge in the sheetmetal — and it comes in a new metallic blue available only on this model.