2017 BMW M7

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  • BMW M7
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    Eight-Speed Automatic (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    625 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    640 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    155000 (Est.)
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The first-ever M7 could arrive as soon as 2017

Rumors of BMW planning to build an M7 have been floating around for quite a few years, but Munich has yet to offer a high-performance version of its range-topping limousine as of 2016. The Germans did launch the M760Li xDrive model for the 2017 model year with 600 horsepower, but the sedan isn’t a full-fledged M car. That may change in the future though, as BMW has announced plans to expand its range for M-branded models in March 2016. And with what appears to be a mule of an M7 already spotted on public roads, and BMW’s competitor for the Mercedes-AMG S63/S65 could be here as soon as 2017.

The big question here is “why now?” Well, BMW has been feeling the heat from the Mercedes S63 for some time now, but it was able to fend that off with its partner in crime, Alpina, and its B7. Now, with Cadillac causing all sorts of hell with its V-Series lineup and the looming CT6-V, BMW has no choice but to remove the sandbags from the 7 Series and create the first high-performance full-size since the limited-edition 745i SA, an actual M7 without the badges, built for the South African market between 1984 and 1987.

While Munich has yet to specifically confirm the upcoming M7, our paparazzi caught a group of M-badged cars out testing that included a 7 Series equipped with bigger, cross-drilled brakes. While the sedan sports the regular 7 Series body kit, the performance brakes and the fact that it was seen alongside two BMW X6Ms and an M5 suggests that BMW is indeed hard at work to bring us the first-ever M7.

With the debut of the M7 all but a certainty, we decided to dive into the rumor mill and fish out some details that will give you a good idea of what the M7 will bring to the table.

Updated 03/21/2016: Our spy photographers caught the first mule of the upcoming BMW M7 out for a testing session somewhere in Sweden.

Continue reading our speculative preview of the 2017 BMW M7 to learn more.

 

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Watch a BMW M760i Lineup with a Porsche Panamara Turbo

Watch a BMW M760i Lineup with a Porsche Panamara Turbo

This battle of two heavyweight uber-cool cars has left us wanting both

All hell breaks loose when two luxurious cars decide to challenge each other’s egos and win bragging rights forever. We are talking about the BMW M760Li xDrive and the Porsche Panamera Turboand you can watch them duke it out in the video below.

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BMW's New Patent Is All About Making Sure You Don't Spill Your Champagne Ever Again

BMW’s New Patent Is All About Making Sure You Don’t Spill Your Champagne Ever Again

Revolutionary beverage dispenser is the latest technological masterpiece from the German automaker

Just as other automakers are filing patents for new car layouts and technologies like Targa roofs and active aerodynamics systems, BMW is turning its attention on making sure that you never have to spill champagne in your car ever again. The German automaker known for its technical prowess in the auto industry has filed a patent for a beverage dispenser that can fill your glasses upwards from the bottom instead of you having to pour the drink over the top. First-world problems? You bet.

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2020 BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

Refreshed with extra power, better interior tech, and a sharper style

BMW first revealed its full-size 7 Series luxury sedan in 1977, with the latest sixth-generation arriving in 2015 following a debut at the International Motor Show Germany. Now, it appears as though there’s a refreshed model just over the horizon, as confirmed in a series of spy photos that reveal a fresh camo-clad exterior and a revamped interior spec.

Updated 07/18/2018: The upcoming BMW 7 Series was just spied undergoing dynamic testing at the Nürburgring, revealing more of its front fascia! Read on for the details…

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New Trademark Hints That We May Finally See a Real BMW M7

New Trademark Hints That We May Finally See a Real BMW M7

Until Now, it’s been all about luxury, but this could change everything…

Despite consumer interest, BMW has never turned the 7 Series over to its M Division for a proper working over. As such, the best we’ve ever seen in the V-12 powered, M760i which is nice and all, but it’s more about luxury and far from being a proper M car. All of that may change as BMW has apparently filed a trademark for the “BMW M7” name, hinting that the M Division may finally be able to have its way with the large sedan.

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Video Of The Day: BMW 7 Series Stars In Red Sparrow Trailer

Video Of The Day: BMW 7 Series Stars In Red Sparrow Trailer

Bavarian luxury and power are the perfect fit for a spy-themed getaway

Aston Martin has James Bond and Audi has Tony Stark, and now BMW is getting on the movie star action with the upcoming film Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film portrays Lawrence as Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, who finds the latest 7 Series accompany her on a journey of intrigue and danger. Watch Red Sparrow in theaters on March 2nd.

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2018 BMW 740e with M Performance Parts

2018 BMW 740e with M Performance Parts

Flagship luxury sedan gets a dose of Bimmer’s M Performance bits

BMW doesn’t usually have a grand presence at the SEMA Auto Show but for some reason, this year’s different. I’ve already written about the one-off BMW M3 30 Years America Edition that’s already making jaws drop in Las Vegas, but it’s also not the only Bimmer that’s stealing hearts in arguably the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show. One other model that’s getting some love in SEMA is the BMW 740e. It may not have the same exclusive status as the M3 30 Years Americas Edition, but it’s being presented with a bonanza of M Performance upgrades to show the dynamic potential of the German automaker’s flagship sedan.

For the record, I’m of the belief that the BMW 740e is fine on its own. These upgrades are interesting, but ultimately, flagship models are supposed to be developed in such a way that owners shouldn’t be asking for more out of its standard configuration. That’s why the term “flagship” means what it means. But, I’m also not opposed to the freedom of choice. If I owned a 740e - I don’t, by the way - I wouldn’t mind having a menu of upgrades available in the event that I’d like to get them at some point in the future. This precisely is what the BMW 740e with M Performance parts is all about. The build features enough parts and accessories with M Performance’s parts bin to give the plug-in hybrid luxury sedan enough aesthetic differentiation from its standard configuration, in the event that some of you 7 Series owners out there are open to the option. You don’t have to get them, but after seeing what’s on the table from M Performance, I wouldn’t blame you for taking the dive on this offer because, on the rare occasion that upgrades are warranted for the 7 Series, the best ones should come from the company that built the car in the first place.

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2017 BMW 7 Series Individual Black Ice Edition

2017 BMW 7 Series Individual Black Ice Edition

This exclusive luxury sedan for the Russian market

BMW has released another special edition model, but again, it’s not headed to the U.S. Such a reality has become the norm for us even though it doesn’t get any easier to come to grips with. This time, the German automaker is rolling out a special edition 7 Series exclusively for the Russian market. The model goes by the name BMW 7 Series Individual Black Ice Edition, and as its name suggests, it’s dressed up in all layers and manners of black.

From a distance, the special edition 7 Series looks exactly like the kind of car that a Russian oligarch would own. The all-black look gives it business-like swag and the fact that it’s based on a 7 Series is another indication that Bimmer Russia is keen on rolling this out for the upper-echelon of Russia’s social class. In keeping with its identity, the 7er Black Ice carries plenty of exclusive features, not the least of which is the paint finish that was used in it. Apart from that, the luxury sedan also boasts of an aerodynamic kit from BMW M Sport, interior upgrades courtesy of BMW Individual, a new set of wheels, and enough of the automaker’s newest and most advanced tech features. And for vanity’s sake, there are also badges throughout the car denoting its “Black Ice” name. I suppose that at some point in the future, we’re going to get our turn and have more of these special edition models head to our soil. But now’s not our time yet, so the only thing we can do at this point is admire what other market is getting from Bimmer. And, in this case, it looks like the Russian market got itself a good one from the German automaker.

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Angry Owner Sets 7 Series on Fire Outside BMW Headquarters

Angry Owner Sets 7 Series on Fire Outside BMW Headquarters

Unhappy owner destroys third BMW in four years

Remember the guy who smashed his BMW M6 with a sledgehammer and axe at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, then fixed it and smashed it again at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show? His name is Pourmohseni Hadi and he’s pretty angry with BMW, which reportedly dismissed his complaints about the high-performance coupe having rattles and transmission issues. It all started back in 2008 and the Italian businessman is on a long mission to protest the brand by destroying BMW-badged cars. He set a Z3 on fire at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and only last week he did the same with a 7 Series sedan,BMW 7-Series this time around just outside BMW’s headquarters in Munich.

The disgruntled owner drove a fourth-generation 7 Series (built between 2002 to 2008) to Munich, parked it on the sidewalk just outside the BMW Museum, and set the cabin on fire. Hadi also walked around the area with a sign saying something like “BMW customer deceit customer blackmail process fraud” in German. There’s no word as to how the man’s protest ended, but if his previous acts are any indication, he probably had a long talk with the German police and likely paid a fine.

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Jason Day Sinks Hole-in-One, Wins A BMW M760i, And Donates it To Charity

Jason Day Sinks Hole-in-One, Wins A BMW M760i, And Donates it To Charity

Bimmer also threw in an extra $100,000 donation for good measure

Professional golfer Jason Day is one of the best golfers in the world today. He’s currently ranked sixth in the world rankings and is the owner of one golf major (the 2015 PGA Championship). He’s also an all-around good guy who won a BMW M760i over the weekend after sinking a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during his second round at the 2017 BMW Championships. The achievement itself is incredible, but Day put a nice cherry on it by actually donating the car he had just won to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which will in turn auction it to raise funds for college scholarships among caddies.

To make this story even better, BMW is throwing in another $100,000 to the foundation to commemorate Day’s achievement. The Australian golfer ultimately finished fourth in the tournament, seven strokes behind winner Marc Leishman. He may not have gotten the result he wanted, but you could argue that his hole-in-one was the most important hole of the tournament because of the circumstances surrounding it. He wins an M760i, donates it to charity so it can auction the luxury sedan, and then Bimmer adds another $100,000 donation to cap it off. There are a lot of winners in this story, not the least of which is the person who could end up with the M760i. Remember, the luxury sedan is probably the closest thing BMW has to a full-fledged flagship. It features the automaker’s newest and most important technologies, including a massive 6.6-liter V-12 engine that produces 601 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. All that power is challenged to the sedan’s xDrive AWD system courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission, which in turn allows it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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2017 BMW Individual M760Li Inspired By Nautor's Swan

2017 BMW Individual M760Li Inspired By Nautor’s Swan

Hitting the high seas on four wheels

For those fortunate enough to enjoy it, the world of yachting seems like a fantastic place to spend some time. Deep, blue water below, a bright, warm sun above, and a cool breeze in between – sounds pleasant, no? It’s this sort of lifestyle that Bimmer is aiming to capture with its latest one-off, the BMW Individual M760Li Inspired By Nautor’s Swan. Cue the Bossa Nova background music. In case you were unaware, Nautor’s Swan is a Finnish-based producer of luxury sailing yachts originally founded in 1966. BMW has partnered with Nautor’s Swan in the past, such as at regattas like the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, and with BMW celebrating a quarter century of its Individual customization program, this one-off model inspired by the world of yachting seems like the right fit.

Standout features include teak paneling for the interior, plus a unique color finish and further boating themes. And since it’s based on the BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence, this four-door has plenty of performance potential as well. Interested? Then navigate your way past the jump to check out the details.

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2017 BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre

2017 BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre

The most exclusive 7 Series ever built?

The latest-generation 7 Series came to be in 2016, just as the nameplate was preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Redesigned from the ground up on the lighter platform, the new 7 Series is far from revolutionary styling-wise, but it boasts more luxury than ever before, as well as numerous technology firsts for the brand. Lighter, quicker, more fuel efficient, and more autonomous than ever, the new 7 Series is definitely a turning point for the nameplate. Come 2017, and BMW is celebrating four decades of the 7 Series with the limited-edition 40 Jahre.

German for "40 years," the Edition 40 Jahre was conceived as a tribute to 7 Series’ rich history. Recognized as a symbol of luxury, driving pleasure, and innovations, the 7 Series is one of the company’s most mature products, and its 40-year-long history speaks for itself. The anniversary model is more than just a 7 Series with a special badge. The sedan also comes with exclusive exterior and interior design features, as well as the possibility to have the car tailored to individual customer specification at the BMW Dingolfing plant. Find out more about that below.

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2017 BMW M760Li xDrive by BMW Individual

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive by BMW Individual

It may not be an M7, but it looks like one now

You can be excused if you’ve become increasingly frustrated with BMW and the seemingly long wait for the M7 to arrive, if it ever arrives to begin with. Truth be told, it’s become an exercise in patience itself just to wait for the flagship sedan. The presence of the M760Li xDrive, which BMW launched in late 2016, isn’t helping that long and arduous wait, either. But the good news is that we still do have the M760Li xDrive as opposed to not having one at all. It may not be the M7, but it could pass as one if you ignore the fact that it isn’t. Makes sense, right?

That’s not the point of all this, though, because to BMW’s credit, it is at least doing its part to make the M760Li xDrive more interesting with the luxury saloon’s first go in the world of BMW Individual. As you can imagine, a car that’s already brimming with luxury appointments like the M760Li xDrive is going to be a little difficult to improve from an aesthetic standpoint because, well, it already has everything a customer would probably want in a saloon short of it actually having its own portable butler. (Hmm…)

Good thing then that BMW Individual isn’t bound by what a car already has, but what a car could still have to go on top of what it already has. And so, the German automaker’s very own personalization division went to work on the M760Li xDrive and presented it with a series of new options that are meant to entice customers on seeing the seemingly limitless customization potential of the saloon.

You think the BMW M760Li xDrive already has everything? Well, try telling BMW Individual that. Just don’t mention anything about the M7, because, well, that’s for BMW to answer.

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2017 BMW M760Li xDrive

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive

Not quite an M7, but very, very close

Say hello to the Bavarian’s latest uber-luxury ground-bound missile. Based on the sixth-generation 7 Series, this velocity limo walks and talks like an M7, but an M7 it is not. Maybe it’s not quite hardcore enough to bear the M Division nomenclature, but either way, there’s no doubt this thing brings the goods when it comes to going fast. Inside, you’ll find a capacious cabin space dripping in luxury and technology, while the exterior is subtle and refined. But the real centerpiece lies under the hood, where you’ll find BMW’s most powerful production V-12 ever created.

In fact, the M760Li xDrive offers with the first 12-cylinder engine with M Performance twin-turbo power adders, which is more than appropriate for BMW’s latest flagship luxury sedan. So then - this thing promises to deliver world-class style and comfort, bleeding-edge tech, and eye-widening performance. Let’s see what makes it tick.

Updated 11/15/2016: BMW announced prices for the new M760Li xDrive at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2017 BMW 7 Series Rose Quartz Edition

2017 BMW 7 Series Rose Quartz Edition

Another special edition BMW is headed to Japan

Remember when the U.S. used to receive a good number of special edition vehicles from automakers all over the world? It still happens to a certain extent, but it seems that a lot of BMW’s desirable limited edition cars are headed elsewhere, most notably to our friends over in Japan. And so, after staring longingly at this new special edition from Bimmer, I present to you the 7 Series Rose Quartz Edition.

As most of you can expect, this is not a “standard” 7 Series, even though I’m fully aware of the paradox that comes with mentioning the words “standard” and “7 Series” in one sentence. But it’s also true because the 7 Series Rose Quartz has a menu of nice features that are exclusive to it. Even better, BMW has based the special edition 7er on the 750Li, which means that in addition to its unique add-ons, it also carries a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that pumps out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

The 7 Series Rose Quartz will make its debut on November 2, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka. There’s no mention yet on how many units of the special edition 7 Series will be made available to the public. What I do know is that unless somebody finds a way to import these units to the U.S., the only way to get them is if you’re in Japan and you have 20.19 million yen to spare, or the equivalent of $193,900 based on current exchange rates.

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2016 BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu

2016 BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu

Designer of 1991 BMW Art Car returns to create unique 7 Series interior

Launched for the 2016 model year, the sixth-generation BMW 7 Series brought a number of important changes to the nameplate. The first Bimmer to be based on the new modular CLAR platform, the new 7 Series is significantly lighter than its predecessor on top of sporting a new design, a revamped interior with finer materials and new technology, and upgraded six-cylinder and V-8 engines. With the full-size Bimmer already in dealerships, BMW is already rolling out the first special-edition and Individual models, one of which is the 740Li by Esther Mahlangu.

For those wondering who Esther Mahlangu is, she created one of BMW’s iconic art cars. Specifically, she designed the 1991-model-year 525i model featuring the Ndebele house painting art. Used by the Ndzundza Ndebele people of South Africa, this unique style involves vibrant colors and geometric shapes that portray communications of personal prayers, self-identification, values, emotions, and marriage. Mahlangu’s art car featured such artwork on its entire body, including the wheels, side mirrors and roof. More than 20 years have passed since then, and Mahlangu and BMW teamed up again for a special BMW.

This time around, the Munich-based firm commissioned Mahlangu to customize the interior of a sixth-generation 7 Series that will be auctioned to benefit the charitable art project "The Art Room," which supports five to sixteen year-old children and youths in their development. The car will be unveiled at the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, London, in early October, where Esther Mahlangu will speak on the topic of South African art.

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BMW To Launch 7 Series Coupe in 2019: Report

BMW To Launch 7 Series Coupe in 2019: Report

Munich finally set to offer a competitor for the Mercedes S-Class Coupe

Introduced less than a year ago, the latest-generation BMW 7 Series could spawn at least one new version by the end of the decade. According to a new report, BMW plans to launch a two-door coupe that would compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. The sporty 7 Series is rumored to arrive in dealerships as soon as 2019.

The luxury coupe is the first of several new versions the German automaker is considering for the 7 Series lineup, a person familiar with BMW’s plan, who asked not to be named, told Bloomberg.

This isn’t the first time that Bimmer has been said to have been considering a 7 Series coupe. Such a model was thought to be in the works back in 2013, when BMW unveiled the Pininfarina Gran Lusso V12 concept, but it wasn’t yet clear whether the Germans are planning to expand the 7 Series family or revive the 8 Series. Now, with the latest S-Class having spawned numerous body styles and models, BMW is apparently looking to do the same with its range-topping nameplate. The fact that the 7 Series has fallen behind its rivals sales-wise in recent years also made a big impact on the company’s decision to look beyond the familiar four-door sedan.

Word has it that Munich isn’t planning to stop the expansion after the coupe. A convertible is also likely to follow, while a competitor for the Maybach-badged Merc is also on the drawing table if we are to believe previous reports. What’s more, BMW might actually consider the much-anticipated M7, a full-fledged M car that would provide competition for the Mercedes-AMG S63. There’s no information as to when all of these models will hit the streets, but it won’t happen sooner than 2020.

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2016 BMW 750i By Noelle Motors

2016 BMW 750i By Noelle Motors

German tuner presents three-stage engine kit for BMW’s flagship model

As one of the true stalwarts of BMW’s entire lineup, the 7 Series has represented the pinnacle of German luxury for almost 40 years. And as customers continue to flock towards the 7 Series, don’t expect it to just fade off into the sunset anytime soon. Even aftermarket tuners have shown some love and affection towards the big 7. The latest to do so is Noelle Motors, and it’s promising a three-stage engine upgrade package that gives the 750i variant as much as 629 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque.

Those who aren’t familiar with Noelle Motors should know that the man behind the company is Karl-Otto Noelle, once the head of engine development for Alpina back in the 1980s. Noelle gained acclaim in his time with Alpina with his ability to extract added power from the engines using methods pertaining to turbocharging. Noelle’s wealth of knowledge in engine modifications has translated in modern times as his own tuning company has earned its own reputation as one of the best BMW tuners in the business.

Even though it lacks any exterior and interior upgrades, this program for the 750i achieves its intended goal because it focused on the thing it does best: engine upgrades.

And for those who are wondering if the power improvements are enough to justify purchasing any of the three-stage kits, don’t stop here. Keep reading and find out for yourselves.

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2017 BMW 740e iPerformance

2017 BMW 740e iPerformance

New iPerformance lineup debuts on 7 Series; Spreading through BMW lineup

Gasoline/electric hybrids are becoming more widely accepted these days, and even luxury automakers are stepping up their games. Audi, Lexus, Porsche, and of course, BMW all have hybrid options that range in cost and levels of luxury. Though it might not make financial sense to purchase an expensive luxury car just to save a few dollars at the pump, many European city centers are banning non-hybrid vehicle use, making well-to-do folks in need of something classier than a Nissan Leaf.

Enter the BMW 740e iPerformance. Now before jumping into the details, it’s important to understand BMW’s logic with the iPerformance badging. Just like its M Performance lineup – standard BMW models with the performance upgrades from the famed M division, iPerformance vehicles will be based on standard series-production BMWs, but will have some i Division electrification performance added in. Just as the M235i isn’t as sporty as the M3, the iPerformance vehicles won’t be as “electrified” or as efficient as honest i Division vehicles like the i3 or i8.

This new iPerformance line is debuting here, on the 7-Series. BMW will offer two flavors – the 740e iPerformance and the 740Le iPerformance. The 740Le is an extended length model that offers the option of BMW’s xDrive AWD system. We’ll be concentrating on the 740e iPerformance in this review.

The 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is now in production and will arrive at U.S. dealerships in August of 2016 starting at $89,100.

Update 08/11/2016: BMW has announced the 740e xDrive iPerformance will arrive in U.S. showrooms in August with a starting price just under $90,000. Check out the "Prices" section for all the details.

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2016 BMW 750Li Celebration Edition

2016 BMW 750Li Celebration Edition

Add another model to the list of limited-production celebratory models BMW is pushing next month

BMW has been busy celebrating its 100th anniversary all year and has decided to drop a number of “Celebration Edition” models to as a way to celebrate and grab some extra money from consumers. We’ve already covered a couple of these models – including the M6 Celebration Edition Competition and theBMW 320d Celebration Edition “Style Edge.” Now, we’re getting a look at the BMW 7 Series Celebration Edition Individual. As the name states, the model is based on the 7 Series (specifically the 750Li) and has a number of BMW Individual options as standard equipment.

Of course, standard is really the last word I should have really used there, as this model will be limited to 70 units, all of which will be right-hand drive. As such, it will retain the 750Li’s 4.4-liter V-8 but has been customized by BMW Individual to make it unique among other 7 Series models. With that said, these celebration models come at a fairly steep price compared to their conventional counterparts, with Bimmer hoping to grab up every extra cent it can as it continues to boast its 100 years as a company.

The 7 Series Celebration Edition Individual is slated to go on sale on July 9th, at which point Bimmer fans with deep pockets will likely snatch them up like hot cakes. So, let’s not waste any more time and focus on what makes this particular “Celebration Edition” so special.

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2017 BMW 750d xDrive and BMW 750Ld xDrive

2017 BMW 750d xDrive and BMW 750Ld xDrive

BMW throws its evolved quad-turbo diesel engine into the 7 Series

Up until now, getting a diesel-powered BMW 7 Series meant you had to go for 730 or 740 model variants, but now BMW is adding a diesel powertrain to the 750 with the BMW 750d xDrive and BMW 750Ld xDrive. So not only do you have the choice between the normal and long-wheelbase 750, but you also get a brand new diesel engine that BMW claims to be the “world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine.”

Back in July of last year, it was announced that BMW was considering a Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine, then just a few weeks ago, BMW unveiled its newest piece of engine evolution that sure did feature a total of four turbochargers. According to BMW, the new quad-turbo diesel engine offers a five-percent increase in horsepower and an 11-percent reduction in emissions output. We’ve known for a while that the engines first tour of service would be in the 750, but we didn’t know it would happen so quickly.

The 7 Series entered its sixth generation for the 2016 model year and was based on BMW’s modular CLAR platform – a platform that was focused on weight reduction and structural strength. As such, the car was redesigned from the ground up with a new Carbon Core passenger cell, a 50/50 weight distribution, and a whole new, sporty look. Here in the U.S. we only get gasoline-powered versions of the 740i and 750i, and sadly, the new 750d and 750Ld aren’t slated to cross the Atlantic either. Be that as it may, we decided to take a closer look at it anyway, so keep reading to learn more about the new 750Ld and 750d models.

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BMW Unveils Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

BMW Unveils Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

BMW 7 Series gets first mass-produced quad-turbo oil burner

While most U.S. buyers continue to stay away from diesel engines — and that’s not likely to change anytime soon due to last year’s "Dieselgate" scandal — the oil burner remains a popular choice in Europe, where cars running on this fuel make up about 50 percent of the market (compared to only three percent in North America). All mainstream automakers offer at least one diesel option nowadays, while premium manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi provide performance-oriented, yet still efficient oil burners. BMW, for instance, used to offer a massive 4.4-liter V-8 in the E65 7 Series before switching to the tri-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six in the F01 generation. Now, the tri-turbo is being retired to make room for brand-new diesel that has four turbochargers.

Set to make its debut in the 750d xDrive model that previously used the tri-turbo, the new quad-turbo oil burner cranks out 394 horsepower form 4,000 rpm and a whopping 561 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 rpm. That’s an impressive 79 horses and 61 pound-feet more than the 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the 740d and an 18-horsepower and 15-pound-feet increase over the previous-generation 750d. Performance is also impressive, with the upcoming 750d expected to hit 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds, a benchmark that makes it only two tenths slower than the V-8-powered, gasoline 750i xDrive model.

More powerful than any other diesel developed by BMW thus far, the new quad-turbo unit is also more fuel efficient. BMW doesn’t give specific numbers, but claims that fuel consumption has been reduced by five percent. The new diesel engine will mate to the same eight-speed automatic available across the entire 7 Series lineup. No word on pricing yet, but we’ll be back with info as soon as BMW spills the beans.

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2017 BMW 7 Series Centennial Edition

2017 BMW 7 Series Centennial Edition

Exclusive anniversary sedan crafted by BMW Individual

BMW is celebrating its centenary in 2016 and it has already started the party with the wild Vision Next 100 Concept. The Germans will introduce Vision show cars for the Mini, Rolls-Royce, and BMW Motorrad brands, but the anniversary year will also bring a few limited-edition production models in dealerships. The first to arrive is the 7 Series Centennial Edition, a special-edition lineup consisting of three models crafted by the company’s Individual division.

Like many Individual Bimmers out there, the Centennial Edition features an exclusive exterior finish, unique wheels, and a uber-luxurious interior wrapped in high-grade leather and other expensive materials. All models will feature hand-crafted signets bearing the lettering "The Next 100 Years," just like the concept with the similar name.

Customers will be able to order this limited package on the hybrid 740Le, the V-8-powered 750Li, and the V-12-powered M760Li, all of which are part of the new sixth-generation 7 Series lineup. Pricing is not yet available, but production will be limited to only 100 units.

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2016 BMW 750Li xDrive Solitaire and Master Class Edition

2016 BMW 750Li xDrive Solitaire and Master Class Edition

BMW Individual shows off what it can do with the 7 Series sedan

BMW Individual is literally the best way for BMW owners to customize their vehicles specifically to their liking. The "Individual Manufactory" offers unlimited possibilities when it comes to making a Bimmer stand out in a crowd. For the exterior, BMW Individual offers more than 100 different color finishes, and on the inside, there is a huge selection of different materials and modifications to choose from. Furthermore, customers can propose a color that isn’t on the individual color pallet, and choose a handcrafted Coachline. It’s not unheard of for customers to have initials or logos applied to various sections of the interior, or supply their own materials. Customers have even used wood derived from trees on their own property for different trim inserts.

It’s really amazing what BMW Individual can do, and every model that leaves the factory is truly unique. BMW Individual also develops market-specific editions or special models like the BMW 750Li xDrive Solitaire and Master Class Editions. Frank van Meel, the CEO of BMW M, said, “The BMW Individual Manufactory is not so much a place where masterful craftsmen provide vehicles with solutions that are tailor-made to the individual ideas of our customers, but rather an attitude driven by the aspiration to offer maximum customer orientation and to ensure that our customers’ wishes become reality.”

So, with that said, let’s take a look at the two latest special editions to roll out of the Individual manufactory. These two editions are about as bespoke as it gets, and are being produced in very limited quantities. There will only be six examples of the Solitaire Edition, and just one example of the Master Class edition.

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2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

The new B7 hits dealerships this fall with more power and better performance

In the world of performance, sport, and luxury, cars are always changing, with facelifts, redesigns, and new models debuting all the time. Today, it’s the all new, 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive – the third generation Alpina based off of the BMW 7 Series. As with all Alpina models, it brings things like luxury, performance, and comfort together in one package.

The new B7 adds to the good looks of the 7 Series with more aerodynamic qualities in the front and rear and brings a new generation, 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that is sure to pack plenty of horsepower and torque. In addition to those goodies, add in the all-wheel drive system, adjustable suspension, and numerous driving modes, and you have luxurious performance at its finest. That’s what is so great about Alpina. It takes all the good from standard BMW models, and in turn, makes the car that much better. Who can really argue with that?

The new Alpina B7 xDrive is scheduled to hit dealerships in September of this year, but BMW of North America has already released detailed information and a plethora of pictures to go along with it. So, now that the beans have been spilled, let’s dive in and take a look at the new Alpina xDrive.

Updated 03/22/2016: BMW announced that the all-new Alpina B7 xDrive will be making its North American debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show and will arrive in U.S. showrooms in September 2016. Prices will be announced at a later date.

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2017 BMW M7

2017 BMW M7

The first-ever M7 could arrive as soon as 2017

Rumors of BMW planning to build an M7 have been floating around for quite a few years, but Munich has yet to offer a high-performance version of its range-topping limousine as of 2016. The Germans did launch the M760Li xDrive model for the 2017 model year with 600 horsepower, but the sedan isn’t a full-fledged M car. That may change in the future though, as BMW has announced plans to expand its range for M-branded models in March 2016. And with what appears to be a mule of an M7 already spotted on public roads, and BMW’s competitor for the Mercedes-AMG S63/S65 could be here as soon as 2017.

The big question here is “why now?” Well, BMW has been feeling the heat from the Mercedes S63 for some time now, but it was able to fend that off with its partner in crime, Alpina, and its B7. Now, with Cadillac causing all sorts of hell with its V-Series lineup and the looming CT6-V, BMW has no choice but to remove the sandbags from the 7 Series and create the first high-performance full-size since the limited-edition 745i SA, an actual M7 without the badges, built for the South African market between 1984 and 1987.

While Munich has yet to specifically confirm the upcoming M7, our paparazzi caught a group of M-badged cars out testing that included a 7 Series equipped with bigger, cross-drilled brakes. While the sedan sports the regular 7 Series body kit, the performance brakes and the fact that it was seen alongside two BMW X6Ms and an M5 suggests that BMW is indeed hard at work to bring us the first-ever M7.

With the debut of the M7 all but a certainty, we decided to dive into the rumor mill and fish out some details that will give you a good idea of what the M7 will bring to the table.

Updated 03/21/2016: Our spy photographers caught the first mule of the upcoming BMW M7 out for a testing session somewhere in Sweden.

Continue reading our speculative preview of the 2017 BMW M7 to learn more.

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2017 BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence

BMW makes the M760Li a little more discreet

The 2017 BMW M7760Li XDrive is obviously one luxurious sedan, and has plenty of power as well. That V-12 engine under the hood pumps out 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. A 0-to-62 mph time of 3.92 seconds indicates the car’s top speed of 155 mph comes rather fast. That’s good and all, but some have said the exterior is just too dramatic for a luxury sedan. If you want more of a discreet, large sedan, you would have to look elsewhere – until now.

BMW has just announced the BMW 760Li XDrive Excellence – a no cost option for those hoping for a more down to earth luxury sedan. By changing the exterior styling and adding in some chrome here and there, the 760Li XDrive Excellence has its own personality. Most changes come to the exterior of the M760Li, but there are a few changes to the interior as well. The best part is, it is a no-cost option for the M760Li, so those opting for it won’t have to pony up any extra cheddar.

Now that you know a little about this new, optional model, it’s time we take a look at it. If you’re considering going for a 7 Series anytime soon, it’s certainly worth your time to consider this package. There are enough changes to distinguish the Excellence model from the standard M760Li that it is derived from.

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BMW 7 Series Will Add Remote Parking Feature In U.S.

BMW 7 Series Will Add Remote Parking Feature In U.S.

BMW has scored a huge victory of sorts after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) ruled to allow the automaker’s Park Assistant Plus feature to be included in the 2016 BMW 7 Series. The new exemption from the NHTSA clears the way for BMW to begin offering the feature in the U.S. market. A BMW spokesman confirmed to Automobilemag that the features will be made available in the US even though a clear timetable has yet to be established.

The Park Assistant Plus system is a remote driving feature in the 7 Series that essentially allows owners to drive the cars in and out of a parking spot using only the touchscreen key fobs. The automaker didn’t offer the feature in the U.S. market because of a federal law - FMVSS 114 - that requires all U.S. market cars to have a shift-interlock function, meaning a car’s brake pedal must be depressed before the transmission can be shifted out of Park. Knowing that the brake pedals in the 7 Series are not depressed when the system is activated, BMW didn’t even bother to include the feature among U.S.-bound models of the 7 Series.

The German automaker did do its due diligence and petitioned the NHTSA for an exemption to the rule. To its surprise, the government agency acquiesced to the petition, saying that the wording in the rule was vague enough to be subject to different interpretations. The rule, according to the NHTSA, meant to say that the brakes had to be “applied” before the transmission can be shifted out of Park. Since BMW’s computers automatically apply the brakes before shifting out of Park, the NHTSA deemed the Park Assistant Plus feature legal to be used in the U.S.

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New BMW 7 Series Will Offer "M760Li" Version

New BMW 7 Series Will Offer "M760Li" Version

It looks like some information may have been leaked about BMW’s 7 Series flagship model for 2016. According to Bimmer Today, the online configurator for the BMW 7 Series on BMW.de has revealed that BMW will offer a M760Li model for 2016. Apparently, some 2015 models – when properly built in the configurator – will display a new M760Li badge on the rear deck lid.

So, if this information is correct, it looks like there will be an M Performance variant of the 760 next year, powered by a revised version of BMW’s V-12 engine. It’s expected that the 760 will only be offered with a longer wheelbase, but we don’t expect to see the official debut until sometime near the end of next year. That means there is a lot of time for things to change. To the best of our knowledge, the range-topping model of the 7 Series should go for somewhere in the area of $150,000. But, should the configurator be correct, an M-variant of the 760 could go for a little more.

The M760Li will obviously come standard with the M Performance package, but don’t lose hope for a non-performance based model. The V-12 can easily be adapted to provide more or less power depending on the model, which means there could also be a purely luxury-based version of the 760 as well. So is this just a hoax in hopes of getting people excited? Well, I set out to take a look at the configurator on BMW.de myself.

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This Is How A BMW 7 Series Is Being Produced: Video

This Is How A BMW 7 Series Is Being Produced: Video

You think building a car is easy? Well, it might be easy if we’re talking about scale replicas. But building an actual car is a lot more difficult than most people think. Take for example the new BMW 7 Series. As one of BMW’s most important models, the 7 Series is built in what has to be one of the most sophisticated methods imaginable.

This video from YouCar shows the level of meticulousness BMW engineers have in making sure that every inch of the car is put in place perfectly. Sure, there’s a lot of robotic arms that help out in putting the frame and the chassis together, but even with this kind of technological assistance, it’s up to the engineers to ensure that the cars are put together the way they’re supposed to with absolutely no room for error.

The step-by-step way that the 7 Series is built is absolutely incredible. I particularly enjoyed the part when the sedan’s body comes together, beginning with the bare platform before pieces are put one at a time. It’s amazing how the car begins to take shape through this process. Once the frame is intact and the panels are put in place, the next steps of fitting the interior and installing the axles are shown, each coming with their own method of precision and accuracy. From there, final inspections are made before the cars hit the dyno for some testing to make sure that everything’s in place. As soon as that’s done, the cars roll out of the line, looking all dapper in their shiny new digs.

The video is more than 12 minutes long and it can get a little slow at times, but if you have time to spare, it’s definitely worth watching, especially if you’re in the market for a 7 Series.

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2016 BMW 7 Series

2016 BMW 7 Series

Finally a solid competitor for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class!

BMW’s 7 Series has been on the market for 40 years as of 2018, and in that time, it’s seen a total of five generational changes. The most recent comes for the 2016 model year, and given the changes at hand, it is a pretty big deal. The most import modifications comes from the BMW i range, as the new 7 Series has BMW’s new Carbon Cone passenger cell. That new cell drops the overall weight by 190 pounds compared to the previous model. On the outside, the car got new, narrower headlights and sportier taillights to go with a more aggressive front fascia. On the inside, the car has the iDrive 5.0 touch display with Gesture Control, a removable 7-inch tablet for the rear seats. Under the hood, you’ll find either a 3.0-liter inline-six or a 4.4-liter V-8 both of which have been revised to provide more power and torque. All-wheel drive is available.

All told, the Seven series is the ultimate driver’s car or the perfect sedan to be hauled around in. The panoramic roof comes standard, but the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof can be optioned for those who want an even more upscale interior. Of course, everything that comes standard on the 7 Series is pretty much a requirement if Bimmer wants to keep up with competition from Mercedes and Audi. The thing that really gives the 7 Series an edge – outside of the excessive comfort and power – is the automatic parking feature that allows the car to park itself. Everything you know now is really just the tip of the iceberg, and there is plenty left to explore about the new 7 Series. With that said, check out our full and thorough review of the new 7 Series below.

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2016 BMW 7 Series By BMW Individual

2016 BMW 7 Series By BMW Individual

It’s been only a couple of months since BMW unveiled the 2016 BMW 7 Series, and the German automaker has already rolled out the first Individual package for the full-size sedan. Significantly lighter and sportier than its predecessor, the sixth generation can now be specced with an array of goodies available through BMW’s Individual division.

As usual, Individual offers bespoke exterior colors, custom wheels, and special interior combos that can’t be had from the vehicle’s regular options list. For this 7 Series, the list of add-ons is limited to certain hues and combinations inside and out, but Munich will be more than happy to provide you with more options should you want to spend your hard-earned dollars on a personalized car.

Also, even though this 7 Series wears a 750Li badge, which hints as to what engine lurks under the hood, Individual options aren’t restricted to the more expensive trims. However, that’s not to say the options themselves aren’t pricey. Let’s have a closer look at the first new 7 Series wearing the "Individual badge."

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BMW Considers Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

BMW Considers Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

If technological progress can be measured in the number of turbochargers attached to an engine, BMW is doing an amazing job. Already one of the only manufacturers to offer an engine with three turbos, BMW has now announced that it will evolve this concept into a new quad-turbo diesel, which will first see service in the upcoming 2016 750d. Quad-turbo engines certainly aren’t new, Bugatti had a quad turbo production car all the way back in 1991, but BMW is going to be putting four turbos on a six-cylinder engine, and that kind of turbo-to-cylinder ratio is pretty unusual.

BMW hasn’t released any numbers for the engine, which will be designated the B57 TOP, but it isn’t too likely that it will offer a huge horsepower advantage over the current tri-turbo configuration. Expect somewhere around 408 horsepower and about 590 pound feet of torque, not a huge amount for a car the size of a 7 Series, but certainly adequate, and it should deliver a reasonable return as far as fuel economy goes. The turbos are likely there to make the engine more responsive, and to widen the torque curve.

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The New 7 Series Customized By BMW Individual

The New 7 Series Customized By BMW Individual

BMW’s Individual program isn’t really something that most BMW buyers take advantage of. The serious levels of customization are just too expensive to make much sense on a 1 Series. But with a new 2016 BMW 7 Series coming out of Munich, BMW Individual’s target demographic will be heading into dealerships to spend money, and BMW wants to make sure it gets all it can. So the BMW website has been updated to include a whole section devoted to what the Individual program can do with the new 7 Series. It’s likely that there are other option besides these too, so long as you’re willing to pay.

Traditionally, 7 Series buyers tend to have fairly conservative tastes, and the options shown are all as conservative as you’d expect. But they are also tastefully elegant, and a good way to brighten up the sometimes drab German interior of the car. Indeed, most of the options are for the interior, but special Individual paint colors and wheels are available as well. For the interior, there are special colors for the leather upholstery, and inserts are available in eucalyptus, ash and piano black.

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BMW 7 Series Could Get M Performance Version

BMW 7 Series Could Get M Performance Version

Mercedes has shown there’s a healthy demand for fast executive sedans with its 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG models, and now BMW could be looking to follow suit with a go-fast version of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. Rumors have been swirling for months now about a possible M7, but BMW could also be mulling the possibility of an M Performance derivative of the 7 Series.

Such a car would be positioned as sportier alternative to the 750i, but below the yet-to-be-confirmed M7. The 750i is available with the M Sport package, but it’s mostly a cosmetic upgrade. Car and Driver reports the M Performance 7 Series, likely to be called M750i, could get “mild hybridization” for both more power and improved efficiency.

If that’s the case then expect the 750i’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 to be carried over and augmented with a lithium-ion-powered electric motor producing around 100 horsepower. An eight-speed transmission will send power to the rear wheels, but an all-wheel-drive xDrive version could be available too. Total system output should be around 550 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, which will help the M750i get from 0-60 in around four seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

An Adaptive M version of the 7 Series’ air suspension system with electronically controlled dampers will come standard, and suspension components, including arms and subframes, will be aluminum. BMW’s Variable Sport Steering and larger ventilated disc brakes will also come standard. Outside, the M750i will differentiate itself with a sportier body kit sculpted in carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic.

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2016 BMW 7 Series w/ M Sport Package

2016 BMW 7 Series w/ M Sport Package

Well, the 2016 BMW 7 Series is upon us, and while we were all hoping to see the first-ever M7, BMW made no mention of it in the press release. So far, it appears the closest we’re going to get to the M7, other than the Alpina B7, will be the M Sport version of the big Bimmer.

The new 7 Series’ M Sport package doesn’t add the oomph that the M7 likely would, but it does add an extra touch of sportiness to the model. Also lacking in the M Sport model are any upgrades in the handling department, save for a set of wheels.

So, will this M Sport package be enough to keep the wolves at bay for now, or will those who were anticipating an M7 with this new generation start revolting? For now, this will have to do, but I am not too sure how long M fans can wait.

Find out what I think by reading my full review of the 7 Series M Sport package below.

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BMW Officially Unveiled The New Generation 7-Series

BMW Officially Unveiled The New Generation 7-Series

BMW has dropped details on the next-gen 7 Series, and it offers new tech, more space, less weight, and more efficiency. U.S. customers will be able to choose between either the 740i or 750i xDrive models, both scheduled to arrive in showrooms this fall. MSRP will start at $81,300 for the 740i and $97,400 for the 750i xDrive, excluding destination and handling charges.

Stateside, the new 7 Series will be offered exclusively in the long-wheelbase version, adding an inch to the overall length compared to the outgoing model. BMW claims the new four-door is “the roomiest sedan the brand has ever built and features class-leading rear seat legroom.” Other features include a touchscreen, four-zone Automatic Climate Control, gesture control, and wireless phone charging.

The tech continues outside the cabin. Like the 2015 i8 hybrid, the new 7 Series uses materials like carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics in the chassis to reduce curb weight by 190 pounds, while maintaining a high level of torsional rigidity. Up front is an Active Kidney Grille, which closes at speed to improve aerodynamics, a first for the U.S. LEDs are in place for the headlights and fog lights. Exterior paint options include two non-metallic and nine metallic color shades. Depending on the model, either 18- or 19-inch wheels come as standard.

For the drivetrain, BMW has redeveloped its V-8 engine with TwinScroll turbos that come with flow-separated, bank-specific exhaust manifolds made from thin-wall castings. Efficiency has been increased, and output is 445 horsepower. For the 740i, there’s a TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder that produces 320 horsepower.

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2016 BMW 7 Series Engine and Pricing Details Leaked

2016 BMW 7 Series Engine and Pricing Details Leaked

The new BMW 7 Series isn’t scheduled to break cover until June 10th, but, as it usually happens, some details have surfaced the Interwebz ahead of its official debut. This time around, the data leaked courtesy of BMW Austria’s online configurator, which contains information about the sedan’s engines, exterior colors and pricing. What’s more, it gives a better look at the vehicle’s front fascia, which wasn’t very visible in the leaked photos that made it online in January 2015.

The 7 Series has also been updated to BMW’s current styling, which includes a larger twin-kidney grille and headlamps that go all the way into its chrome surround. On this sedan, the grille is actually a lot bigger than on other models, and features several vertical slats. The unknown trim level pictured here also sports a different bumper layout than the model seen in previous leaks. While the prototype had chrome ornaments right above the DRLs, this one has it underneath them. The bumper mesh seems to be different as well, but the image is too small to spot all the details.

Overall, the new front end, the massive grille, and the bulged engine hood make the 7 Series a lot more commanding to look at. Also, the longer headlamps are a significant improvement over the previous 6 Series-inspired units, which gave the sedan a rather squinty aspect. I’m not the one to get excited about BMW redesigns, but Munich did a good job here.

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American Market Will Get Only Long-Wheelbase 2016 BMW 7 Series

American Market Will Get Only Long-Wheelbase 2016 BMW 7 Series

We’re just days away from the official debut of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, although there is quite a bit that we already know. The latest news is that the U.S. will only be getting the long-wheelbase version of the car, but that it will be sold with just the “i” badge instead of the “Li” which usually denotes long-wheelbase versions. It’s an unusual move, but in the absence of a short-wheelbase version to set it apart from, it’s not really a big deal.

Since it was first introduced, the BMW 5 Series has grown a full foot in length, as well as 7 inches in width. In fact, the current 5 Series is now bigger than the original 7 Series. The 7 Series has grown as well, but at a slower pace than the 5 Series, and the difference in length has shrunk to just a few inches. So perhaps BMW is worried that Americans will walk into a dealership, see the cars next to each other and ask just why they should pay the extra for the 7 Series. But this won’t be as much an issue with the long-wheelbase, so it’s a logical move.
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BMW Leaves Unwanted Easter Egg in Latest 7 Series Teaser: Video

BMW Leaves Unwanted Easter Egg in Latest 7 Series Teaser: Video

BMW has just released a short teaser video for the next-generation 7 Series luxury sedan. The 30-second footage showcases some of the vehicle’s new details inside and out, and also reveals it will become available with BMW’s Laserlight technology, which not only consumes less energy while being more efficient than halogen, xenon or LED light sources, but is also less upsetting to the eye. Other than that, there’s not much to run by, especially since we already know what the new 7 Series will look like. In case you missed it, you can check out the leaked photos that revealed most of the car’s exterior and cabin here.

Speaking of things you might have missed, it seems BMW was a bit negligent in creating this promotional video. At the 21-second mark, where the sedan’s taillight comes into focus, you can see how the chrome trim that runs from the trunk lid into the outer part of the taillight doesn’t align as it should. Same goes for the taillight piece mounted into the lid, which sits a tad lower than the rest of the arrangement. This is probably the result of the trunk lid not being calibrated to close as it should.

You might argue that this is just a tiny detail that doesn’t mean much, but, last time I checked, BMWs were praised for their outstanding quality and fit and finish. Not to mention that premium German cars are usually considered flawless in this area, unlike, say, some Japanese vehicles. For a brand that’s often regarded as the leader of the premium segment, BMW messed up big time here.

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 BMW 745i SA - The M7 You Never Knew Existed

BMW 745i SA - The M7 You Never Knew Existed

The imminent arrival of a new-generation BMW 7 Series has given rise to rumors that Munich may finally green-light a high-performance M7 version of its largest and most luxurious sedan. The reason why this would be a very big deal is because BMW had made it clear it won’t build an M7 ever since the smaller 3 Series, 5 Series, and 6 Series received such updates back in the 1980s. The reasoning is rather simple and logical: the Germans want the 7 Series to stay true to its initial role as a refined luxury sedan. A motorsport-derived engine would not only alter its smoothness, but the stiffer suspension needed to keep the more powerful vehicle on its best behavior would also affect its ride.

Customers after a high-performance 7 Series can always take it to Alpina, which has put together a very capable B7. But owning an Alpina isn’t quite as exciting as having a full-fledged M Power car in your driveway, is it now?

The most popular argument used against a potential M7 is that BMW never wanted to build one and never had. That’s not entirely true though. While Munich openly refused to build an M7 that could tackle the AMG-modified S-Class of Mercedes-Benz, there’s a certain 7 Series that received such treatment, albeit without an "M" badge. I’m talking about the 745i SA, a right-hand-drive sedan BMW sold in South Africa between 1984 and 1987 as part of the first-generation (E23) 7 Series.

It’s three decades old, I’ll give you that, but it’s the genuine M7 you probably never knew existed.

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BMW 7 Series - A Look Back

BMW 7 Series - A Look Back

BMW today is widely regarded as one of leading premium car makers, battling for glory with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Cadillac. But it wasn’t always like that. The brand started life as an aircraft engine manufacturer in 1916 and switched to motorcycles in 1923. It was only in 1927 that BMW built its first vehicle, the 3/15 DA-1 or "Dixi," an economy car based on the Austin 7. It took the Germans nearly three decades to develop their first luxury car, the 501 (followed by the V-8-powered 502), also known as the "Baroque Angel," but they sold it alongside microcars and economy cars such as the Isetta, 600, and 700 in order to stay afloat due to the financial hardship the company experienced in the late 1950s.

Discontinued in 1964, the 502 wasn’t replaced. However, four years later, BMW decided to try and compete against Mercedes-Benz once again, this time with a full-size sedan based on its "New Class" platform. Codenamed E3 and known as the New Six, it was BMW’s first premium car in years and the first six-cylinder vehicle after a long hiatus. The E3 preceded the first-generation 7 Series, which would later build BMW into one of the most important premium automakers in the world. The 7 Series saga began in 1977 and continues unbroken to this day. As one of the most successful luxury, full-size sedans on the market today, the 7 Series just earned its place in TopSpeed’s series of historical retrospectives.

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BMW 7 Series Caught Wearing M Sport Package: Spy Shots

BMW 7 Series Caught Wearing M Sport Package: Spy Shots

It’s been a little more than three months since the next-generation 7 Series showed itself free of camouflage in a bunch of leaked photos, and BMW is still testing various versions of the sedan ahead of its big debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. A private unveiling is actually scheduled today (4/15/2015), but it remains to be seen whether more photos will surface following this confidential meeting. Anyway, a new prototype of the 7 Series just hit the streets with plenty of new details for us to gaze at.

The sedan is still camouflaged front to rear — not that we haven’t seen it without the black-and-white wrap already — but the big news here is that this particular example showcases some unique body parts. Specifically, it seems BMW is readying a sportier version of the new 7 Series, with bits borrowed from the M Performance division. BMW already made it clear it won’t be offering an M7, despite "high demand" for such a sedan, but this test car here suggests Munich is working on a model to slot below the Alpina B7, currently the most powerful 7 Series-based limousine.

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BMW Exec Confirms "High Demand" For M7

BMW Exec Confirms "High Demand" For M7

A full-blown M-version of the BMW 7 Series has long been in the cards as far as certain Bimmer aficionados are concerned, with every new generation of the model having been expected by some to feature such a model as a range-topper. Talks about the possibility of an M7 usually increase when a 7 Series generation is approaching the end of its life-cycle, so with the 2017 model being right around the corner, speculation is at a high level once again. According to an interview he recently gave to AutoGuide, even the director of product at BMW M, Carsteb Pries, kind of acknowledged that demand for an M7 is real.

With that being said, Pries also mentioned that the "real demand" may not actually be significant enough, and stipulated that there should be a good number of potential customers to "make such a project a priority ahead of other potential projects." You can take whatever you like from that phrase, but Pries also admitted to having received multiple emails with photoshopped M7 versions of the 7 Series and accompanying, "This is what I want" texts. If those don’t sound like potential customers, I don’t know what does.

Since the next generation of the 7 Series has already been spied completely undisguised almost a year before normal folks were supposed to see it, BMW’s marketing department has a lot on its mind in 2015. In other words, if an M-version is indeed in the cards, BMW has every reason to take everyone’s mind off of it and keep your attention on the current product line.

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BMW N63 Customer Care Package: A Recall That BMW Refuses to Call a Recall

BMW N63 Customer Care Package: A Recall That BMW Refuses to Call a Recall

With 2014 being officially known in the automotive world as the "year of the recalls," it is no wonder that certain carmakers are trying and steer away from being put in the same boat as those offering cars with Takata airbags. BMW is one of those brands, with the Bavarian automaker currently trying to pass a voluntary recall as a much fancier "customer care package." The recall involves just about every BMW with the N63 engine ever built, although probably not all cars will need to have the same amount of work done to them.

For those unfamiliar with BMW engine terminology, the N63 powerplant is the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 with 402 horsepower that saw use in every 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X5, and X6 model that have names ending with "50i" and were manufactured between 2008 and 2013. Having the service bulletin number B001314, the recall may take several days for each vehicle involved and could include replacement of the fuel injectors, mass airflow sensors, battery, crankcase vent lines, fuel pressure sensor, the engine’s vacuum pump and last, but certainly not least, replacement of the timing chain.

If all that didn’t sound like enough, all cars using this exact variant of the N63 engine will no longer be a part of the BMW long-life service intervals, instead requiring a service check every 12 months or 10,000 driven miles. Everything is not as grim as it sounds though, since it seems that affected BMW owners will receive a replacement car for the time that their vehicles are in the shop. Plus, the carmaker will also offer to buy-back the affected vehicle and offer a new one at a discounted price.

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2016 BMW 7 Series G11 Caught With Its Pants Down

2016 BMW 7 Series G11 Caught With Its Pants Down

The beginning of 2015 came with some rather horrifying news for the entire BMW marketing department, as someone has taken a number of photos of a completely undisguised 2016 7 Series. With the car expected to be officially unveiled close or right at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in the fall, the timing of these image leaks couldn’t be more inopportune for the Bavarian car maker, with the situation made even worse by the fact that the photos don’t put the upcoming model in a very good light either.

As you can see, BMW decided to play it safe with the overall 7 Series design, despite the model appearing to sport some motifs from the well-received Vision Future Luxury Concept. The front sports a larger double-kidney grille, which is now flanked by two headlights that mimic those of other modern BMWs, such as the 3 Series and the X5 and X6. On the plus side, the model in the photos is equipped with headlights that use laser technology, which will probably be the one of the main selling points when the car is finally launched.

Its profile is very much classic BMW sedan, albeit from the rear three-quarter view it does emanate a strange similarity with the current Lexus LS — a model that ironically was criticized for its rear three-quarter view somewhat comparable with that of the current-gen 7 Series.

As for the rear, this is where some elements from the Vision Future Luxury Concept can be seen, although in a much more mellow form. In terms of interior, only an image of the driver side has been leaked, but it is more than enough to give us an idea. Judging by that, the dashboard and center console also play it safe in terms of design, with the addition of aluminum inserts and buttons being the only truly novel bit compared with the current-generation 7 Series.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW 7 Series Drops a Bit of Camo

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW 7 Series Drops a Bit of Camo

It’s been just a few days since our paparazzi provided us with our first look of the next-gen BMW 7 Series’ interior, and the German sedan is now back on public streets with a bit less camouflage on its body. The 2016 7 Series has been a well-guarded secret throughout 2014, even though the prototype received numerous updates that took it closer to production form. The heavy camouflage it was wrapped in every time BMW took it out for a spin prevented us from having a better look at its redesigned exterior. But it seems the sedan is finally ditching some of its swirly wrap as it prepares for its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015.

Most of the prototype is still under camo, but the revised design is more noticeable than ever. We finally get a glimpse of the front end, the lower rear apron is completely camo free, while the production taillights are in place at last. Click past the jump to join us as we dissect the brand-new spy shots we just got in our inbox.

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2014 BMW 740i Executive Edition

2014 BMW 740i Executive Edition

On the streets since late 2008, the current-generation BMW 7 Series is a little long in the tooth, but that’s not to say the luxury sedan has lost its appeal. On the contrary, the 7 Series is still popular among full-size sedan buyers, even though Mercedes’ redesigned S-Class has been turning heads for more than a year. The Germans are already working on the next-gen 7 Series, scheduled to arrive for the 2016 model year, but the current model is still getting all the attention it deserves. Especially in Japan, a country known for the numerous limited-edition models hitting its showrooms. For 2015, it’s the 7 Series’ turn to spawn a special-edition offering, this time in the form of the entry-level 740i.

Much like past Japan-exclusive models from BMW, this 740i — dubbed Executive Edition — presents itself as a more upscale, better-equipped version of the company’s base 7 Series. Exterior paints are limited to black and two shades of white, while the interior is exclusively wrapped in Dakota leather. A host of convenience features otherwise available only as options on the 740i are offered as standard equipment. What’s more, this sedan is limited to only 110 units for even more exclusivity. Check out all the details after the break.

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BMW Product Offensive Continues, but Still No M7 Plans

BMW Product Offensive Continues, but Still No M7 Plans

Despite all the new vehicles BMW is rolling out, an M7 will not be one of them. That’s right, the Germans feel the 7 Series doesn’t need the M-division touch in order to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG S63 or S65. Rather, BMW is leaving the high-speed stuff up to the Alpina B7.
The news comes from BMW’s director of product planning, Paul Ferraiolo, in an interview with MotorTrend at the LA Auto Show. “We feel really good with what we’ve got with Alpina,” Ferraiolo says. "The ’M’ adds sort of a track-element to that, and I don’t know if there’s a lot of demand for the 7 Series on the track."

It’s rather easy to be put off by a statement like, “I don’t know” from a product planner in regards to potential demand and viability. Low demand for an M product seems like an oxymoron. Either way, it doesn’t appear BMW will change using Alpina as its performance arm in the 7 Series luxury game.

In spite of this, Ferraiolo says the slew of new products from BMW is far from over. He said this in regards to filling niches between vehicle segments. “[It’s] an ongoing process. When we see something that could work, we go after it, so it’s not something that has a finite ending when we run out of numbers. The market is always evolving and we’re always looking how we can exploit the market."

Seems like an odd statement to make after passing up the M7 idea.

Note: Alpina B7 pictured here.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW 7 Series Reveals its Interior

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW 7 Series Reveals its Interior

The next-generation BMW 7 Series may still be a mystery, but several rumors that surfaced throughout 2014 hint that the Germans are working on something big. And I’m not talking about the car’s proportions, but a host of innovative technologies that will make the sedan lighter, sportier and packed with state-of-the-art features. A brand-new platform and lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber will make the 7 Series lighter than ever, with as much as 600 pounds expected to be shaved off compared to the current model.

The upcoming four-door is also expected to showcase a sportier design, with many of the cues borrowed from the likes of the X5 and X6 crossovers. The fact that the next 7 Series will feature a completely redesigned front end has already been confirmed by past spy shots, but what about the rest of the vehicle? Well, our paparazzi have sent us a new batch of pictures, and although there is very little to gain from them as far as the exterior goes, we do have a lot of interior details to chew on. Check them out after the jump.

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2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition

2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition

BMW has never been a company to shy away from special edition cars, especially when it involves young markets like Japan and China. Japan recently received a handful of special edition models, including the 528i "30th Anniversary Edition" that was launched in October 2011 and the M5 Nighthawk Edition that arrived in July 2013. This time around, BMW is preparing a special edition model of its flagship 7 Series for the Japanese market.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition is the model’s actual name and yes, it’s got enough personalized details to justify its “Individual” designation. The changes are limited to the exterior and the interior of the car, there are no power or drivetrain changes.

That’s not to say that the ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition is lacking in any performance credentials thanks to a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery that produces a total output of 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough output to cover 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

The ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition is expected to hit Japanese dealerships in December 2014 with each model carrying a price tag of ¥13.1 million. That’s about $120,100 based on current exchange rates.

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2014 BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition

2014 BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition

The current-generation BMW 7 Series is on its last legs before the next-generation model arrives in 2015. We all know what that means, right? Final Edition time, baby! True to form, BMW went that route in introducing the 7 Series Individual Final Edition. I’d be doing splits and cartwheels right now if not for the fact that the model is only available in France.

I’m not going to be pretend that I’m not a little jealous about that fact because I am. But that’s life.

The 7 Series Individual Final Edition is exactly what you’d expect from a special-edition model. BMW took great lengths to make it as unique as possible, putting in a variety of exclusive additions from BMW Individual. Both the exterior and the interior of the car received doses of BMW Individual, although the whole package seems a little muted compared to all the 4 Series and M4 models that received the same tender love and affection from BMW Individual.

Don’t get me wrong. The 7 Series Individual Final Edition still looks fantastic., but for what it’s been billed as — it’s a send-off edition, for all intents and purpose — I expected a little bit more panache.

The current-generation BMW 7 Series is powered by a host of engine options, none bigger than the 6.0-liter V-12 on the top-of-the-line 760i. This engine produces 544 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, allowing the 760i to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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Spy Shots: BMW 7 Series Shows us its Headlights

Spy Shots: BMW 7 Series Shows us its Headlights

As is the norm with modern car production, slowly but surely we are eking out the details of an upcoming model, thanks to a collection of leaks and spy shots. The latest prey for our spy shooters lenses is the all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series. Every time we have seen this car before it has been under some very heavy camo, but now we at least have a pretty clear picture of the new headlamp treatment.

And to be honest, they look like they were swiped straight from the sexy new i8.

It may not seem like that big of a reveal to some, but by seeing that the headlamps are following the new, and much more modern look of the i Series cars, BMW could be hinting that the new body style will be even more modern as well. I, for one, wouldn’t be upset to see a new and more exciting design direction for BMW’s standard model line.

Other than the new headlamps, there is precious little to gain from these photos. The car is still covered stem to stern in a disorienting wrap that goes so far as to even cover the rear-seat windows. We still even have the ugly aftermarket round rear lights instead of proper taillamps. Make no mistake; this car is still deep in the testing and refinement stage.

As always, keep your eyes locked here at TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to hand over every detail on BMW’s upcoming luxo-barge as we get them.

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