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  • Jimmy James

    Can someone explain why its not simply a matter of combining the outputs?

    • Tom R

      If you can find a power output graph of a hybrid car you’ll see that the lines are totally different for the combustion engine and electric motor. As far as I know (and I could easily be wrong) it’s a matter of finding the points where the maps match to create the new peak power and torque.

      … Makes more sense on the graph’s.

    • Alexander

      Generally the electric motor and petrol motor reach peak power/torque at different revs, or the motor is designed to fill out weak spots in the engines power band. It also depends on the battery charge, vehicle speed etc. For example a Gen 2 Prius used to output 400nm of torque from about 10-40km/h if the battery charge was about 60%, but getting a reliable number on a dyno is near impossible, hence why Toyota doesn’t quote torque figures for its hybrids.

  • Mr Gaspo

    Wow, they have put the battery in the boot… Fail.

  • laurie

    Where is the Greens and Labor on this! why no Tax reduction for going Hybrid its all BS!! lets get back into V8′s

  • Jimmy James

    Thanks Tom and Alexander for the explanation.

  • Phil

    Jez, I suggest you pop over to the CA article(s) on the “2012 BMW 5 series range updated”.

    A 0-100km\h time of 5.9 secs does not give this Hybrid5 the third fastest rank in the range. 5.9 secs is the same as the updated 535i and SLOWER than the 535D which is now 5.5 secs (previously 5.7).

  • BoBo

    How come manufacturers dont go with turbo diesel electrice hybrids? Wouldnt it be even better since a turbo diesel engine alone provide excellent fuel consumption…so attaching a hybrid motor surely would make it more efficient???

    • Alexander

      It would be near ideal – problem is diesels are more expensive than petrols, and hybrids are more expensive than petrols. Combine the two and they’d be too expensive to compete.

      • BoBo

        Oh…..i thought it was something more technical to it…like maybe diesel engines not compatible with electric motors or something. i didnt think cost could be an issue…

    • Golfschwein

      Peugeot’s got it up and running. The trouble for many years, developmentally, has (perhaps among other things) been the thumpy shutdown and startup behaviour of diesels, I think. Nowhere near as smooth as petrol, and that presents a refinement challenge for likely buyers. Diesel Passats with the stop-start tech apparently suffer from this a little. I’m well open for correction.

  • Golfschwein

    Good tech, and I dig the wheels and the colour of the car in the pics.

  • Scott

    the outputs arrive at different rpms for each motor. so each can’t be putting out their max output at the same time

BMW 5 Series Specs

Car Details
Make
BMW
Model
5
Variant
40i PROTECTION
Year
2001
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
4.4L
Cylinders
V8
Max. Torque
420Nm @  3900rpm
Max. Power
210kW @  5700rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
114.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
92x82.7mm
Compression Ratio
10.0
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP AUTOMATIC STEPTRONIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
2.81
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
70
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
13.3L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1835
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1435mm
Length
4775mm
Width
1800mm
Ground Clearance
109mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
BALL - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.4
Front Rim Size
7.0Jx16
Rear Rim Size
7.0Jx16
Front Tyres
225/55 R16
Rear Tyres
225/55 R16
Wheel Base
2830
Front Track
1512
Rear Track
1526
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Power front seats
Control & Handling
Alloy Wheels Special, Automatic/Self levelling Suspension, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Compact disc player, Radio Cassette with 10 Speakers, Television
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Interior
Leather Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Side Front Air Bags, Side Rear Air Bags
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
24 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-G-14
Country of Origin
GERMANY