It's not the first time a car manufacturer has made a bike and we highly doubt it will be the last... and this latest version of BMW's effort is touted as "a sporty and stylish city e-bike for design lovers", equipped with the quality Brose Drive S Alu drive.
If you're more familiar with Brose as players in the e-bike market, they're actually far more renowned worldwide for their automotive supplies which includes electric seat and door fittings for cars. The two German brands have linked up once more for the new ActiveHybrid, having worked together on the auto side of their businesses for decades.
The first e-bike system from Berlin-based Brose was launched in 2014, and their latest Drive S Alu drive system delivers 250 watts of power and 90 nm of torque. The drives also detach completely when the e-bike is out of power or you choose not to use the motor, so it moves without any extra resistance when you're using it manually.
The Li-ion battery has a high range with 600 Wh and is fully integrated into the downtube, and there's also a swish new handlebar display with Bluetooth and a micro-USB port. Components are of high quality throughout, with Shimano shifting and disc brakes, a Suntour suspension fork, Busch & Müller lighting and a Selle Royale E-Zone saddle made especially for electric bikes.
The new BMW ActiveHybrid e-bike will be available in three frame sizes in the Lifestyle Collection at BMW dealerships in Europe and the US, priced at £2,795 in the UK - head over to the BMW website for more info and buying options.