Will BMW make a M5 Hybrid? I think it would be pretty slick...like the Lexus LS600h. It would probably cost an arm and 2 legs but at least, we could get 18 mpg ouichinstead of 12 mpg. Hehehe
Just looking ahead...
It's a matter of perspective.Be sure you do the research before buying a current technology hybrid. Think about the batteries too. They have an ecological impact. And don't do it for financial reasons. Even at $4 per gallon, break even can easily be 5 years.
It's a matter of perspective.
We got rid of an ML55 and into a 06 Civic Hybrid Navi. It started paying off immediately.
Today, I can sell my car for almost exactly what I paid for it 2.5 years ago... Dealers are offering $17k on a trade.
There's no doubt about it... hybrids are hot right now, and CNN just did a news bit on dealers who say there is a 0 day sales cycle for hybrids. AND markup is up to 5k on top of sticker...
Finally, as far as the ecological impact:
An M5 hybrid? Look, just go with a 535d import if you want performance and mileage. Or an LS600 if you want a hybrid with big power and the consequent poor mileage despite all its green aspirations.After is sold my 2002 M3, I picked up my 2008 M5 and in my family, we had 2 gas guzzling machines, a M5 and a Nissan Armada. I noticed that we were spending more and more on gas. A year later, we traded in the Armada (under lease with 3 months left) for the 2008 Lexus RX400h. I got a sweet deal on the trade since gas prices started to skyrocket and we were a little upside down but the Lexus dealer gave us a steal on the hybrid.
Like you said, the hybrid had an immediate payoff. Not to mention, you can get a $3000 tax deduction for buying a hybrid. The price difference between the regular RX350 and the RX400h is about $4000 so the choice was clear. The non hybrid gets 17 mpg while the hybrid gets 27 mpg. Do the math. We didn't need a big ol' SUV anymore so the RX400h was a perfect choice for us (3 kids) and it obviously was more luxurious than the Armada.
Right now, dealers can't even give away big trucks and SUVs because of high gas prices. Hybrids are in serious demand.
As for battery technology, yes replacement batteries will cost a lot but in 8 years (Lexus battery warranty is 8 years), like anything else, it will be a whole lot cheaper and the technology will be better. This arguement of higher cost on hybrids is a moot point to me.
As of now, I am LOVIN my M5 but I envy my wife's Lexus at times. If you are looking for a hybrid, there is no comparison the Lexus RX400h...PRICE, PERFORMANCE, QUALITY, LUXURY, EFFICIENCY, and DRIVING EXPERIENCE. Additionally, you get the most advance Navigation system of any car maker. Lexus's Navigation System leaves BMW's in the dust.
I might sound like a Lexus salesman but I am not...I just love my Lexus hybrid. If you get one, it is a very nice complement to the Beast.
Come on BMW, M5 Hybrid sounds good right about now...
Some lucky soul is going to get the ultimate M5 hybrid. It's part 528i and part M5. oohhh:However, cars are my passion so I'll never take a 528i when I can get the M5