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Top 10 High Horsepower Hybrid Cars

#10 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

300 hp

The standard features of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Base include 3.0L I-6 300hp engine intercooled turbo, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

Hybrids were designed to promote the idea that cars can, and should, take advantage of environmentally friendly technology that can save finite natural resources and eventually save money because owners don't have to buy as much gasoline. So, in a few words, hybrids are supposed to be resourceful. Modest. Economical. It's now easy to find a hybrid vehicle suitable for most needs, and they don't require much extra attention or maintenance compared to a similar traditional gasoline vehicle. Because hybrids have come so far, that's why we now have bigger and faster hybrid vehicles. It kind of goes against the original intent, but if you're going to buy a big car or a fast car anyway, it's better to be a hybrid than not, right? The list of the top 10 high horsepower hybrid cars rounds up some good options if you're going to be shopping for such a vehicle... and for the rest of us, it's curiosity. 

Even if high performance hybrid cars are an odd notion, reading up on the models that made the list is a pretty persuasive argument in favor of their existence. If these powerful hybrid cars achieve success, it will help the technology penetrate the mainstream car market even further. And these high horsepower hybrids are fast and powerful. Even if they don't achieve fuel economy quite as impressive as smaller hybrid compact cars, high performance hybrids weren't designed for that type of cross shopping. It's more important to see how they stack up against traditional gasoline performance cars, because that is how most potential buyers are likely to compare them. Very few people, if any at all, will compare a hybrid compact's EPA ratings against these powerful hybrids, but if they buy a high horsepower hybrid instead of a regular sports car, that's a win for hybrid technology.