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.

There are cars that are considered ‘drift worthy’ and there are those that don’t fall into that category.

As far as we’re concerned, the 2010 BMW 7-Series falls into the latter group.

Obviously, this is of our own opinion, but we believe that the 7-Series – luxury car that it is – deserves to be treated as such. That means it should be driven in parties, gala events, and church on Sundays.

Racing and drifting it on a long stretch of road is not the kind of thin we’d want to do with our 7-Series, but that nonetheless hasn’t stopped these people from doing exactly that. Judging by their performance, we’re pretty sure that these guys are not professional drifters and they’re doing it just for the adrenaline rush. While we’re not opposed to thrill-seeking endeavours, especially drifting, we think that there are far more appropriate cars to use than a BMW 7-Series.

Source: BMW Blog

BMW announced today the North American debut for the 740i and 740Li. Both models will go on sale in Spring 2010 and prices will be announced at a later date.

BMW 740i and 740Li

Both the 740i and 740Li are powered by a twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine that deliver a total of 315 hp at 5800 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque from 1600-4500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers power to the rear wheels.

Both models will feature all-aluminum construction, High Precision direct fuel injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft technology, and Brake Energy Regeneration. M-Sport Package, Driver Assistance Package, Luxury Seating Packages, Rear Entertainment Package, and even the BMW BMW Individual Composition Package will also be available for both of them. The 740i is priced at $71,025 and the long wheelbase 740Li at $75,425.

UPDATE 06/04/2010: We got a chance to drive around in the luxurious BMW 740Li. Check out our review here .

Press release after the jump.

The new 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show giving the American audience the first glimpse of BMW ’s first high-performance hybrid luxury sedan. BMW also announced that the car would come with a price tag of $103,125 for the standard version and $107,025 for the long wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7L version.

Powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with a hybrid electric motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission, the ActiveHybrid7 also comes with some of the most high-quality materials out in the market today, including Alcantara headliners, a leather dashboard, ventilated active front seats, 19-inch wheels and tires, the Premium Sound System, a Head-up Display and Rear View Camera soft-close doors and Automatic trunkgate closing. That’s a lot of features, don’t you think?

But if those aren’t enough for you – and if it isn’t, then you’ve got some pretty high standards – then BMW also comes with optional packages, among which include a Driver Assistance Package, BMW’s Night Vision and Rear Seat Entertainment Package, and a Camera Package.

For a full list of all the extra add-ons, take a look after the jump.

Source: BMW Blog

Even if the demand is present, the German automaker BMW has decided to leave the job of tuning their luxury limousine up to Alpina and discarded the idea of a high performance M7, however they have decided to offer new car buyers a more aggressive looking 7 Series with an optional aero upgrade package. Unfortunately for some, their sales slips were signed before the automaker made the M Sport package available, but have no fear because European Auto Source has come to the rescue with their own version of the 7 Series’ Motor sport appearance package.

BMW 7-Series M-Sport by EAS

Similar to the OEM pieces, ESA’s kit includes an M Sport style front bumper with larger air intakes and matte black trim along the edges. However the genuine article’s stretched out horizontal chrome strips that sit at the edges of the big mouth front bumper are sold separately. But out back the EAS unit is almost identical to the one that comes from Germany. And while European Auto Source’s rolling stock are not quite the same as the split five spoke rims that come fitted to the 7 Series M Sport, these 21 inch alloy wheels finished in matte black with their classic mesh design do the trick.

If there’s one thing the global economic crisis has shown us, its knowing which countries have become the have’s and have-not’s in the auto industry.

One such country that falls in the former category is Saudi Arabia, which recently purchased a staggering 132BMW 740i and 740Li models, which incidentally are the short wheelbase variant and the long wheelbase variant, respectively, of the BMW 740.

The purchase, which was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was made to serve as the official vehicles used by Saudi Arabia embassies across the world.

The official handover was made at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, and was attended by a number of luminaries from Saudi Ariabia led by His Excellency Professor Ossama Abdulmajed Al Shobokshi, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Germany. Likewise, leading the BMW contingent was Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing.

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The German automaker BMW has officially unveiled the new ActiveHybrid 7, the first car in the world to combine a V8 gasoline engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor as a mild hybrid concept.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

The V8 engine delivers 449 HP between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 479 lb-ft consistently all the way from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. The ActiveHybrid 7 accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.9 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 155 MPH.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

The V8 engine is combined to a three-phase synchronous electric motor positioned between the combustion engine and the automatic transmission converter. The electric motor generates additional drive power of 20 HP, with maximum power increasing to an even more substantial 27 HP in the generator mode charging the lithium-ion battery. In the driving mode BMW ActiveHybrid 7 benefits from maximum output of 465 HP and peak torque of 516 lb-ft.

Other green technologies included in the new ActiveHybrid 7: Brake Energy Regeneration, two interconnected on-board power networks, and a 400 watt-hour 35 cell lithium-ion battery which weighs 59.5 lb and measures 14.6 x 8.7 x 9.1 inches.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

The German automaker BMW has just launched the High Security version of the new 7-Series reserved for high-risk celebrities and the Pope. The security version is built from either a 760Li or 750Li luxury limousine to meet the strict regulations of the new ballistic protection level VR7.

BMW 7-Series High Security

Even though the High Security version wears quite a bit of extra armor that doesn’t mean that it can be a slouch, the BMW 760Li High Security can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds and the 4.4 Liter V8 from the 750Li based version happens to be the first gas burning engine of its kind with turbochargers located in between the cylinder banks, shortening the lengths of all the necessary plumbing and creating a much more efficient design. The innovative eight cylinder cranks out a maximum output of 407 HP and a peak of 442 lb-ft of torque straight to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission which allows the BMW 750Li High Security to go from 0 to 60 MPH in a slightly slower 7.9 seconds.

BMW 7-Series High Security

The High Security models also come with a host of safety systems aimed at protecting the occupants inside. These improvements include chassis reinforcements, reinforced amour plating for the body panels and advanced "safety glazing" on the glass. The undercarriage has been reinforced and the doorjambs sealing in order to prevent life-threatening objects like bullets and shrapnel from entering the cabin. There is also a high tech intercom system, assault alarm, fire extinguisher and an internal air supply in case of a lethal gas attack.

Press release after the jump.

$136,660. Apparently, that’s what’s going to cost you for a brand-newBMW 760Li. That may be a steep price for a car these days especially since the economic crisis has made penny-pinching a top priority for most American consumers. But then again, the BMW 760Li is not like most cars. It is, after all, a BMW.

The new 760Li, which is now available to order at US dealerships, is poised to more than exceed the generous hype it has been getting in the previous months. It comes with an all-new 6.0-liter V12 all-aluminum engine with Twin Turbo Technology and a High Precision Injection, which injects fuel straight into the combustion chambers.

In addition to that, the 760Li’s engine isn’t a slouch by any stretch of the imagination. Underneath the hood of this luxury vehicle is an engine that can produce 535 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds.

Continued after the jump.

Source: BMW blog

The German automaker BMW has just added two new models to the 7-Series line-up: the all-new 760i and stretched wheelbase 760Li. Both versions will be powered by a direct injected TwinPower Turbo V12 that displaces a huge 6.0 Liters and produces 544 HP and 553 lb-ft of torque. Handling all that newfound power will be a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission.

BMW 760i and 760Li

Both the new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li will come standard with creature comforts like Dynamic Damping Control as part of the Dynamic Drive Control system that is operated by a button on the centre console. The new luxury limousine will also feature speed-related Servotronic steering assistance to make things easier for the driver as well as anti-roll stability control as part of the Dynamic Drive system. The longer BMW 760Li comes with even more high tech gadgets like air suspension with a self-leveling rear axle. Last but not least, both models are available as an option with Integral Active Steering featuring speed-related adjustment of the steering angle on the rear wheels.

On the outside, the new 7 will ride on a set of light weight 19 inch alloy wheels and in order to distinguish itself as the top of the line V12 powered model, the stretched Bimmer will feature a few chrome-plated elements like the grill, tailpipes and chrome bar that ties the taillights together.

Press release after the jump.

Despite our strongest wishes, the German luxury automaker BMW will not be offering a factory tuned high-performance M badged version of their full sized limousine, the 7 Series, but a M Sport version isn’t so bad either. It was only two weeks ago that Top Speed brought you a few spy shots of the very car we are talking about now in testing, today it is time to see the first official images from the manufacturer.

The M Sport package features exterior highlights like a revised front bumper, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and on the inside with a sports steering wheel adorned with the very exclusive M badge.

Stay tuned, we’ll be back shortly with more details.

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