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.

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.

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.

Continued after the jump.

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.

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