High performance hybrid – an oxymoron? Not according to BMW, which has two new hybrids scheduled for an unveiling at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. One of those two vehicles, the ActiveHybrid X6, promises to be the most powerful hybrid vehicle ever offered for sale at 480 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque from its twin electric motors and 4.4-liter V8 engine combined.
The ActiveHybrid X6 will scoot to 60 in about 5.5 seconds while returning a 20-percent fuel mileage improvement over the standard X6 with its twin-turbo V8. To set the hybrid apart from its standard sibling, BMW will bestow the new fuel-saver with a power dome hood to clear the power electronics module and a bespoke metallic blue hue.
The fuel efficiency of the hybrid CUV is improved by about 20 percent on the EU test cycle with a CO2 rating of 231 g/km. The EPA numbers won’t be available until closer to US launch late this year, but expect somewhere around 18 mpg combined (up from 15 on the current V8 X6). The full press release is after the jump.
Gallery: 2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
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