BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series

  The BMW 7-Series started back in 1977 and has gone through five generations since then. The BMW 7-Series is only available as a sedan and is powered by three gasoline and two diesel variants, along with xDrive all-wheel drive. The engines are mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 4.4L twin turbo V8 produces 400/440hp and 450lb-ft of torque while the 4.4L V8/Electric Hybrid gets 455 net hp and 516 net lb-ft of torque. The giant 6.0L twin turbo V12 pushes out 535 hp and 550lb-ft of torque.

Some may compare the elegance of a BMW to that of a piano. No? Well, maybe it’s just BMW then as the German automaker has teamed up with piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons for an exclusive 7-Series model that borrows the design from one of their magnificent creations. This special edition model is based on both the normal and long-wheelbase versions and will be offered in just two exterior colors. We’ll let you take a guess at what those two colors might be.

The BMW Individual 7-Series Composition models will feature either a black or white exterior paint finish that is individually smoothed and polished by hand. This high end finish is given this treatment so that it may be comparable to the exquisite finish of piano lacquer. And since this model is supposed to be reminiscent of a piano, the focus has to lend itself to sound as much as exterior beauty. That is why BMW is offering an audio system specially adapted to the luxury saloon’s interior.

There’s no word as to how much this elegant beauty is going to set anyone back, but we imagine this limited edition will catch the eye of anyone who has a passionate love of music.

Updated 04/06/2011: The special edition BMW 7-Series Steinway & Sons made its debut on the Chinese market. The new 7-Series Steinway & Sons Piano Limited Edition will be based on either 740i or 760i versions and will be limited to only 150 units worldwide. This special edition will be painted in hand polished metallic paint, with texture comparable with Steinway piano. The whole painting process takes at least 35 hours to complete.

Press release after the jump.

Okay, here it is. At the end of July, we received an email with a few pictures detailing the new tuning package that was going to be put on the BMW 7-Series sedan by Lumma Design. We promised that we would get back to everyone as soon as we received the official details, and we now have them. Lumma Design has unveiled a new aerodynamic package for the 7-Series that will include a new front spoiler bumper, grid inserts, fog lights and LED daytime running lights, cup spoiler sword, rear apron corners, a set of deep door-sills, and a new rear diffuser.

Aside from the aerodynamic updates, Lumma Design has also added carbon elements on the exterior mirror caps, the kidney front grille frame, all door handle covers, the boot lid trim, and the four-piece pillar trim set for doors and mud guards. The exterior package is finished by impressive 22-inch light alloy rims fitted with 265/30 high-performance Vredestein tires in the front and 295/25 in the rear.

For the interior, the tuner is offering an aluminum two-piece pedal set with matching footrest, foot mats in the color in which the customer chooses with a Lumma logo and boot mat in any color, also featuring the embroidered logo.

One thing that did disappoint us about the official details is that nothing was done to increase power for the V12 engine that was just hanging out under the hood. Come one, guys! Show us the power!

Press release after the jump.

British tuner, Superchips, has decided that diesel engines can be just as much fun as their petrol counterparts, so they decided to do a little reconfiguring for BMW’s 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that powers models like the BMW 3-Series , 5-Series , 7-Series , X5 , and X6 .

Superchips was able to increase the power of the diesel engine by 44hp at 4183 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at just 2222 rpm. This brings the total output to 313hp and 627Nm of torque. In order to accomplish this task, Superchips had to perform a remap of the engine while taking into consideration the "careful optimization of fueling and turbo boost settings". According to Superchips, this reconfiguration allows for a sharper throttle response, a keener, more urgent engine, a harder pull throughout the rev range.

The BMW 3.0 D ECU remap is priced at £445.00 and comes with a 12 month/30,000 mile supplementary vehicle warranty.

Press release after the jump.

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There are much better ways to drive around without getting noticed and driving around in cars that cost well over what any of us make isn’t one of them.

Our cars - a Mercedes-Benz S600 AMG , BMW 760Li , Jaguar XJ and the Audi A8 - are dressed in their best colors with the waxed paint job glimmering in the evening sunlight. Driving through the heavily used highways around the Cleveland area is prime gawking time for motorists. At first, the stares and pointing fingers can make you feel a bit uncomfortable, but can you blame them? It isn’t everyday that you see a luxury barge roll through a relatively poor city, especially now that LeBron James is gone.

These four sedans might be large in stature, but one nudge or poke in the wrong place and its goodnight in one impressive display. So, with more onlookers than a Thanksgiving Day parade, we are obliged to find the best luxury sedan among the four.

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We’ve been thrown a bone, but we aren’t quite sure if it’s tasty yet. In an email sent to TopSpeed we have received several images of theBMW 760Li V12 Individual tuned up by Lumma Design. The email doesn’t say much, but it does say that the tuning package will be revealed in three weeks time and that the first demonstration car is currently in Switzerland.

From what we can tell from these images, the Lumma BMW 760Li has received a new front spoiler with larger air intakes, new side skirts, and a new rear spoiler. LED daytime running lights can also be seen as well as some wider fenders with air vents. Carbon fiber trim can also be seen on the mirror caps, grille, side vents, and trunk.

We can only imagine that the V12 sitting under the hood has received some modification as well. No use in tuning a car if you’re not going to pump up the power, right? Interior modifications are also expected, but we don’t really care about those as much.

We’ll let you know what we know as soon as we know it, so hang tight.

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BMW would like to welcome you to the year 1992. Back then, BMW’s flagship 7-Series came with a six-cylinder motor under the hood and now, here in 2010, that same motor is back. Under the hood of the new 2011 740i and the long wheelbase 740Li is a six-cylinder engine that is far more efficient than the bigger eight-cylinder motors. That being said, what will really attract buyers to this new 7-Series is the lowered price.

The $71,025 740i and the $75,425 740Li are around 11 grand less than the V8 models. For that price, one would expect the luxury sedan to be merely a stripped down version of the 750. Yet, that simply isn’t the case. Sure the 740 gives up a few of the toys that grace the higher end models, but in no way is this car barren. In fact, the new BMW 740 might be one of the best values on the market today.

Thankfully, on a styling note, the 740 is much better. No longer do we have to hear the words ’Bangle butt’ mentioned again. The massive kidney grilles give the sedan an attack helicopter look. From the side, the 740 looks like a long car. The sharp shoulder crease from head to toe slide through the car’s seamless profile.

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Last week BMW unveiled the BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo at the Beijing Auto Show and today the company announced that the same xDrive system will also be offered for the 740d luxury sedan. The 740d model will not be the first in BMW’s 7-series to acquire the latest of BMW’s technology. The BMW 750i xDrive and the BMW 750Li xDrive piloted the technology about a year ago.

The BMW 740d xDrive combines BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology with common-rail direct fuel injection and delivers an impressive 306 hp with a peak torque of 442 lb-ft maintained consistently between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

BMW’s xDrive distributes driver power between the front and rear axles maximizing the force and creating the best possible traction and agility. It works in conjunction with the Dynamic Stability Control system which monitors road conditions. We can’t imagine this technology won’t be in all of BMW’s models eventually. As the pressure for smaller cars and bigger power escalates, automakers will have to make use of all the power they can to satisfy the "have your cake and eat it to" mindsight established in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Press release after the jump.

Vorsteiner has revealed the VR-7 Sportiv Aero Package based on the new BMW 7-Series . The aerodynamic package includes: a new VR-7 carbon fiber Add-On front spoiler, a VR-7 carbon fiber Add-On rear spoiler, and a new carbon fiber rear diffuser. The car sits on 21 inch Vorsteiner V-102 Forged Monoblock wheels.

Press release after the jump.

The German tuner G-Power will unveil the 760i Storm next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Limited to only 10 units, this is the most powerful BMW 7-Series ever built.

Powered by a 6,0l V12 bi-turbo engine with a compressor from ASA, the BMW 760i will develop a total of 725 hp at 5,500 r.p.m and a maximum torque of 1000 Nm at 2,000 r.p.m. As a result the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in only 4,2 seconds, the one from 0 to 124 mph in 11,9 seconds and top speed goes up to 214 mph.

And if the power upgrade is not enough for you, G-Power is also offering an aerodynamic kit that includes: a new front skirt made of carbon fiber, a bonnet made of Kevlar hybrid, full carbon add-ons for the serial side skirts, a full carbon rear spoiler and a full carbon diffuser and the doors and 22" forged three-part aluminum wheels. A new sports spring set lowers the car by 30mm.

Press release after the jump.

First offered as a limited edition in 2007 and 2008, the BMW Alpina B7 will join again the BMW’s line-up as a 2011 model. It will be based on the BMW 7 Series platform and will go on sale in the spring. The official debut will be made in February at the Chicago Auto Show.

Alpina B7 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4,5 seconds.

The B7 also features electronically-adjustable suspension with active roll stabilization, with three distinct suspension set-ups: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

On the exterior there is a deeper front air dam and a rear decklid spoiler, a sport exhaust system with two double tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper and 21-inch, 20-spoke Alpina Alpina wheels. The interior is completed by Alpina blue illuminated door sill trims, the SWITCH-TRONIC steering wheel in hand-stitched LAVALINA leather, and the Black-Panel LCD screen instrument cluster branded with Alpina .

Updated 02/02/2010: BMW today announced prices for the Alpina B7 Sedan that will go on sale this spring. The 2011 BMW Alpina B7 Alpina B7 sedan will retail for $122,875 (standard wheelbase) and $126,775 (extended wheelbase). Both prices include $875 Destination & Handling. The full complement of BMW 7 Series exterior colors remains available, in addition to the signature Alpina Blue metallic paint.

Press release after the jump.

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