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.

Luxury tuner, Mansory , arrived at the Geneva Motor Show with vehicles such as the Siracusa and the Cormeum , two heavily modified sports cars based on theFerrari 458 Italia and the Mercedes SLS AMG . However, what they didn’t display was their upcoming tuning package based on the new generation BMW 7-Series. The most powerful 7-series available - the 760Li - to be exact received a rather impressive update, as did the 750i package.

The aerodynamics kit includes a new front bumper, LED daytime running lights, a new carbon radiator grill, roof spoiler, rear rim, and rear apron. There is also a new sports exhaust system with stainless steel end mufflers and rectangular end pipes perfectly integrated into the newly designed rear section. After that, the only thing left to do was add on a new set of 22" wheels.

As for the engine update, the 750i has been tweaked to deliver up to 490 HP (up from 400 HP), while the 760Li is now capable of 640 HP (up from 544 HP). As a result, the 760Li will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds - 0.4 seconds faster than its serial counterpart.

It’s got style, it’s got grace, and no, we’re not just reciting lyrics to Madonna’s Vogue. We’re describing the beautiful and powerful BMW 7-Series . A vehicle that, despite its prestige and price tag, was left alone to get stolen outside of a hotel during the Detroit Auto Show.

BMW brought 19 units of the $90,000 vehicle with them to this year’s auto show so the company’s top executives could all hitch a ride in one during the show. After the 7-Series’ job was done, the cars were loaded into a car carrier for transport back to their New Jersey home. The only problem is that only eighteen arrived.

Police say a hotel valet brought the BMW out of the garage and handed it over to the transporter. After that, the handler stepped away for a second and that’s when witnesses say two car thieves seized the opportunity to jump in and ride off. The stolen vehicle is dark gray and has New Jersey plates, but don’t go rushing the search party just yet. The vehicle is equipped with BMW Assist so the two carjackers should be caught within a reasonable time-frame. Bet they didn’t think of that, huh?

UPDATE 01/15/11: The BMW 750i xDrive luxury sedan that was improbably stolen at the Detroit Auto Show has been found, ending a few days worth of embarrassment for the German manufacturer. The car, which was left unattended a few days ago and was subsequently boosted, was found near Telegraph and Glendale Street in Detroit’s West Side. Apparently, the tracking system inside the BMW was cut and disabled, but it’s highly probable that because of the wide media attention brought about by the dastardly thievery, the criminals might have decided that the car wasn’t worth it anymore. All’s well that ends well, right? Yeah, try telling that to BMW.

Source: WXYZ

The Essen Motorshow may be just around the corner, but some tuners have opted to move on from the German tuning extravaganza to prepare themselves for the next auto show on the list: The 2011 Geneva Motor Show . Lumma Design and Shaston are just two of these tuners as they will be headed to Geneva to unveil their newly tuned BMW 760Li .

Lumma and Shaston have come together to provide a new tuning package for the long wheel-based BMW to give it a more aggressive look. This was accomplished by an exterior package containing a new front that integrates grid inserts, fog lights, and LED daytime running lights. An exclusive lower suspension setting drops the longer legged luxury sedan while the new wheel arch extensions, special set of deep door-sills, and the new rear diffuser add to the sharper look of the vehicle.

The whole appearance of the BMW 760li is completed by genuine carbon/Kevlar covering the exterior mirror caps, kidney front grille frame, all door handle covers, the boot lid trim, the four-piece pillar trim set for doors, and the mud guards. The entire package is finished by 20" light alloy rims.

There is still no word as to whether or not there have been any changes to the BMW’s direct injected TwinPower Turbo V12, but we think the power output of 544 HP and 553 lb-ft of torque should be enough for most. Guess we’ll find out in Geneva.

Press release after the jump.

The new generationBMW 7-Series is a pretty impressive car that you might think it needs no modifications. But there are tuners out there who still found a few elements to modify. The Japanese tuner Wald International is offering a pretty impressive tuning kit for the 7-Series that makes it looking even sportier.

Called Sports Line Black Bison Edition, this package includes a custom front bumper with LED lighting, side skirts, a custom rear bumper with LED brake light, a new roof spoiler, a new exhaust system and a new set of 22" alloy wheels.

No changes were made under the hood, but from standard the 7-Series develops enough power for any car enthusiast out there. The Japanese tuner revealed no prices for the tuning package, but we believe that any price will worth this improvements. Also, do not forget this cool white exterior paint that makes it look even more impressive.

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.

Hit the jump to continue.

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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.

Hit the jump for the full review.

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