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2023 BMW 7 Series

2023 BMW 7 Series

BMW needs to respond to the new S-Class, and it has to do it quickly

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is nothing but a declaration of high-tech war aimed at its two main rivals, the Audi A8 and the 7 Series. BMW’s flagship received a hefty facelift in 2019 for the 2020 model year and other than the enlarged grille, it got a tech upgrade, including BMW’s then-new iDrive 7.0 setup. However, you can only stay relevant for a short time in the current luxury car climate and with the S-Class making no rebates on the technology front, BMW is already working on the next-generation 7er. Here’s everything we know so far.

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2021 BMW 745Le xDrive Ellerman House

2021 BMW 745Le xDrive Ellerman House

This is BMW refinement at its absolute finest

Special edition models come in all shapes and sizes. Some come in the form of tiny pocket rockets while others come in the form of luxury barges on four wheels. The BMW 745Le for Ellerman House falls closer with the latter, and it fits the bill of a legitimate special edition model that was created exclusively for the luxury boutique hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. That means the BMW 745Le for Ellerman House isn’t for sale; you can only ride it if you stay at Ellerman House. That’s a fair tradeoff for the opportunity to ride in one of the most exclusive BMW 745Le models in the world.

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2020 BMW 750i - Driven

2020 BMW 750i - Driven

Is the BMW 7 Series better than the new 8 Series? We set out to find out

Prior to 2020, the BMW 7 Series was somewhat lacking when compared to models like the Audi A8 and Mercedes S-Class. For 2020, however, BMW put the 7 Series through an extensive facelift that included a revised exterior look, fresh technology, and updated powertrains – most of which were all inspired by the new BMW 8 Series. With a new V-8 engine being offered in the 750i trim, it was time to see what the 7 Series can offer, and we did exactly that. This is our experience with the BMW 750i and what we thought after spending a whole week with one of BMW’s most expensive models.

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2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan

2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan

Say hello to the world’s fastest production sedan

Alpina and BMW have a long history. The former has been tuning Bimmers for over five decades and even provides graphic packages, different alloy designs, etc. Realizing the rising demand of Alpina-tuned cars, BMW started selling them through its own dealerships in the U.S. This time, BMW and Alpina have worked on the former’s big-face flagship luxury sedan to create an explosive monster known as the 2020 Alpina B7. The 2020 B7 was unveiled earlier this month in Palm Springs and is the sixth-generation luxury model from Alpina.

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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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2020 BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

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

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is the mid-cycle update of the sixth-generation sedan, first introduced for the 2016 model year. The facelift brings substantial upgrades inside and out, as well as revised engines under the hood. BMW also upgraded the vehicle’s technology package in order to bring it in line with competitors like the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

On the outside, the 2020 7 Series stands out thanks to its much bigger kidney grille. The full-size sedan also features narrower headlamps, while the rear fascia boasts a continuous light strip that runs the entire width of the trunk lid. Under the hood, the 2020 7 Series comes with a new V-8 engine and a new hybrid drivetrain, among updates made for the remaining models.

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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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW 740e with M Performance parts

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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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW 7 Series Individual Black Ice Edition.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW Individual M760Li Inspired by Nautor’s Swan.

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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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M760Li xDrive by BMW Individual

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive.

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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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW 7 Series Rose Quartz Edition.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu.

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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.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 750Li Celebration Edition.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 750d xDrive and BMW 750Ld xDrive.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 7 Series Centennial Edition.

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