The amazing BMW ActiveHybrid 3

June 1, 2012 at 13:59

First, in purchasing hybrids companies have to engineer them to achieve outrageous and affordable fuel economy. Somehow, Germans say that they don’t believe in hybrids at all when ever . Some how i think they do. The Germans know that Americans are obsessed with the technology, so they offer them with cars like the 2013 BMW Active Hybrid 3. This marvelous vehicle wears glittery chrome HYBRID badging.

Fantastic BMW hybrid

Fantastic BMW hybrid

The propulsion motor is on the input side of the transmission, and it experiences gearchanges just like the gas engine would. Sometimes an occasional jolt can be felt, especially when the transmission shifts down as you’re slowing for what ever reason. In aggressive driving, drivers of the 335i may notice the hybrid’s extra mass in the rear. The weight is like that of a vintage Porsche 911. The hybrid 3 engages oversteer quicker than any other 3-series.

BMW-hybrid-3 image

BMW-hybrid-3 image

Start-stop events in most engine are usually imperceptible if you’re not looking at the tach. It is only when driving in the Sport modes, that the car occasionally shakes a bit on shutdown and start-up. This is partially because there’s no road vibration to cover it. As an attractive car who’s equal parts hooligan and tech geek, this car’s split personality definitely appeals to me.

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