If you’re a muscle car junkie like I am, than you’ll know the two things we hate most are hybrids and gas stations. The hybrid stands against everything we believe in as they are generally underpowered, slow and for the most part pretty flippin’ ugly. The reason we hate gas stations should just be common sense, so I won’t even go into that one. A big question for power junkies like myself has always been: If a good looking, powerful and great performing hybrid existed, would we be interested in it? The answer: Sure, why the hell not.
I don’t want to give the impression that we totally and completely despise these things, but there is so much more to just getting good fuel economy when purchasing a vehicle. Style, sound, comfort performance – these all come into play and must be met with flying colors if we’re going to lay out some hard earned greenbacks. Shannon Arvizu, from GreenCarReports.com helps to shed some light on a few big number hybrids by giving us insight into BMW’s new 2010 ActiveHybrid X6 that produces 485 hp and 575 lb.tq. and the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid that produces 332 hp and 367 lb.tq. These are numbers that would make any die hard muscle car guy grin.
Also take into consideration the mileage numbers these hybrids have over their standard counterparts. The base Escalade for example goes from 10 mpg city / 16 mpg hwy to 21 mpg city / 22 mpg hwy. The BMW, while not such a drastic improvement is still considerable, especially during city driving. It goes from 13 mpg city to 17 mpg. Hwy mpg however is only improved by 1 mpg. What you really need to do is decide on what type of driving lifestyle you lead, and then see if these are right for you.
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