• Jul 3, 2008
Click above image for a gallery of the new 7

We've already seen what appear to be official press shots of the new 2009 BMW 7 Series, and it looks pretty good to our eyes. As expected, now that the pictures are available for all the world to see, details about the underpinnings are starting to leak out. Not surprisingly, the V8-powered 750i and 750iL models will get the new twin-turbo engine introduced on the controversial X6, offering 400 horses and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. Other possible powertrains, though not available at launch time, will be a revised twin-turbo inline six with 326 horsepower and a diesel engine for the European market. But fret not fuel misers, a hybrid model is also being considered. Underneath, active suspension which eschews BMW's trademark front struts in favor of double-wishbones, will offer variable damping with comfort, normal, sports and sports-plus modes selectable from inside the cabin.

As you'd expect, BMW's active steering will brings its oft-questioned benefits to the large sedan and can now direct the rear wheels as well. BMW's flagship sedan will undoubtedly be equipped with plenty of passenger pampering features, including massaging rear seats, to go along with safety equipment like night vision, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Of course, the now-familiar iDrive will get its latest set of enhancements in order to make its sometimes confusing interface easier to use. We'll just need to wait for our first stint behind the wheel to see how all this newfangled technology works in the real world, and check back Saturday for more official details.


[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What about specs on the V12 or the possibilty of a M-model?
        • 6 Years Ago
        E38 7-series still the classiest, best looking of all 7-series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else see the dearly departed Rover 75 in this?

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Rover_75_front_20080102.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the front and the sides it reminds me of current 5-series and from the back it looks like a cheap Korean X6 redesigned to sedan knock-off. And I really like X6. Current 7-series looks way better.

      I quite like the interior though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      rear wheel steering? can't wait to hear more about that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know if hyundai Genesis copied BMW or BMW copied hyundai Genesis.anyhow Genesis rearend is better than this BMW.
      This is a Good news for Bhyundaimw
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm... I see some Hyundai Genesis in the rear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks boring, It in no way says BMW. I like the old one better especially from the back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...so lexus radically changes the LS to make it as eye-catching as the 7 series, and then BMW responds by making the next 7 series look like a watered down LS.

      I hope this looks in real life. I usually don't catch on to BMW designs until late so hopefully it's the same case with this. Say what you want about the last generation 7 series, but you can't deny the fact that it was jaw-dropping. I was really hoping the next 7 would look more like this:

      http://www.egmcartech.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/photo_rendering_2009_bmw_7_series_christian_schulte_2.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoa! I really thought BMW had their work cut out for them with the next 7 - how could they possibly miss? Yet this thing is so fussy and overstyled, I'm speechless. True, the uninspired photos are not doing the car any favours either. And the interior - don't get me started.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks fairly plain and boring, but not handsome. The rear end reminds me of the Hyundai Genesis, while the big snorting nostrils have a Maserati Quattroporte look to them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "the big snorting nostrils have a Maserati Quattroporte look to them"

        No they don't, take that back!
        stasislb
        • 6 Years Ago
        Patrick, I completely agree with you, bro. I saw the Maserati influence on the front end styling the first second I saw these pictures!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does it look like it's really jacked up in the air ... like it's trying to be tall like a crossover? I actually like that look, I don't care for low riding sedans. But this design doesn't really move me or grab my attention. It's not bad but the photoshopped spy pics interpreted something much more exotic looking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      dang, that's..well...boring.
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