• Jul 4, 2008
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BMW has officially announced the details pertaining to the 5th generation 7 Series, so let's cut right to the chase. In Europe, there are five models arriving on the market in November of this year: the 730d; the 740i and Li; and the 750i and Li. The latter two are powered by the same twin-turbo 4.4L V8 that debuted in the X6. In the U.S.-market 7 Series, the turbo eight is rated at 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, and it is the sole engine option being made available. If you want a BMW 7 Series in America, it will be a 750.

Europeans get more choices. The 730d's 3.0L diesel I6 pumps out 245 horses with nearly 400 lb-ft of torque. Despite the grunt, it boasts a combined fuel economy number of 32.6 U.S. miles per gallon (39.2 Imperial). The 740 models are powered by the now-familiar 3.0L twin-turbo gasoline engine. In the 7, the 3.0TT's power output is 326 horses and 332 lb-ft -- enough to hustle the 740Li from 0 to 62 mph in six seconds flat. All the engines are connected to a six-speed automatic. Follow the jump for more details and BMW's official press release.


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We went over the car's outward appearance in our preview post. The new car is certainly more restrained than the last iteration, but reader feedback has shown that its style still polarizes. This is unsurprising, and ultimately, it's probably good for BMW because either way, you have people speaking passionately about your car. Besides, the people whose opinions matter most are the ones in dealerships, holding checkbooks, and there likely won't be a shortage of those folks when these cars roll into showrooms, anyway.

Inside, there are a number of improvements. First, the shifter moves back to the console from the steering column. The unit itself is the same silver lever you'll find in a 5-series. To its right is the new iDrive controller, which steals a page from Audi's MMI and combines the main stick/dial with action buttons that ought to streamline the process of navigating through all the menus. The menus themselves have also been redesigned, and in a welcome move, the climate controls can be fully adjusted right from the instrument panel -- iDrive is no longer required to make some adjustments at all. The actual iDrive screen is now over 10 inches wide. Other neat-sounding interior changes we're interested in seeing in person include the new Black Panel display for the IP. Basically, only the gauge rings and needles are visible when the car is shut off. The other details only reveal themselves once it has been fired up. Backseaters get a pair of video screens, and each passenger has control over what his or hers displays.

The camera package incorporates both rearview and sideview cameras. The latter uses a camera mounted in each corner of the front bumper to give a clear look down an intersecting road in both directions. (This sounds like an improved version of the setup BMW uses in the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which puts both cameras in a single protrusion in the middle of the front bumper). Active steering is optional, lane departure and blind spot warning systems arrive with the new car, and the Euro versions get a brake regeneration system like the one found in the European M3. (As is the case with the M3, it doesn't appear that this feature makes the trip across the Atlantic in the 7.) You can read about all the changes and features in greater detail below, where we've pasted the UK-market press release. If you want a sneak peek of the U.S. press release, head to AutoSpies, which has posted it in PDF format. (We'll append it on Sunday when BMWNA officially uploads it to its media site).



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PRESS RELEASE (UK VERSION):
THE NEW BMW 7 SERIES

* World's first Night Vision system with individual pedestrian recognition
* World's first production car with front side view camera
* First BMW Saloon with speed-related Integral Active Steering
* First BMW with Lane Change Warning
* BMW 7 Series to feature EfficientDynamics for class-leading CO2 emissions and fuel consumption

The launch of the fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series sets a new benchmark in automotive luxury, technical innovation and class-leading driving dynamics, combined with emissions reducing and fuel saving technology.

The flagship of the BMW model range debuts in November with a host of world firsts and will initially be offered with a choice of three powerplants, one diesel and two petrol engines. The two petrol-powered cars will be offered with a long-wheelbase body too. All three engines produce more power yet use less fuel and produce less emissions than the models they replace.

Model

Power
hp

Torque Nm/lb-ft

Zero – 62mph Seconds
0 - 62

Top Speed Mph

Combined
Mpg
Imp/U.S.

BMW 730d

245

540/398

7.2

153

39.2/32.6

BMW 740i

326

450/332

5.9

155*

28.5/23.7

BMW 740Li

326

450/332

6.0

155*

28.2/23.4

BMW 750i

407

600/442

5.2

155*

24.8/20.6

BMW 750Li

407

600/442

5.3

155*

24.8/20.6

* Electronically-limited.

The BMW 730d sets a new benchmark in terms of drivetrain performance. The new all-aluminium 3.0-litre straight-six cylinder diesel engine produces 245hp at 4,000rpm. Its effortless real world driving smoothness comes courtesy of a peak torque figure of 540Nm attained from 1,750rpm through to 3,000rpm.

The 2,993cc powerplant posts the lowest ever CO2 figure of any previous BMW 7 Series and it is also the most economical 7 Series ever. Its 192g/km emission figure is class-leading for conventionally powered luxury cars, while no other competitor comes close to its 39.2mpg combined consumption figure. It can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.2 seconds and has a 153mph top speed.

To put the BMW 730d's competitive advantage in context this luxurious vehicle records near identical fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to the Mercedes C320CDi – a car that is two market segments below the 7 Series and is smaller and lighter than the BMW.

The impressive performance of the 730d is, in part, possible due to third-generation common-rail direct injection technology, incorporating piezo injectors, that operates at a peak pressure of 1,800 bar. This system ensures a near perfect combustion process. Weighing 185kgs the new six-cylinder diesel engine is also 5kgs lighter than its predecessor.

The BMW 730d is set to be the biggest seller in the UK, accounting for approximately 85 per cent of sales.

The BMW 750i and 750Li are the range flagships. The new 4,395cc V8 engine from the recently launched X6, featuring twin-turbochargers and high-precision direct injection technology, produces 407hp from 5,500rpm to 6,400rpm; impressive figures that are backed up by an equally stunning 600Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 4,500rpm. Such breathtaking performance sees the BMW 750i accelerate from zero to 62mph in 5.2 seconds (5.3 seconds for the 750Li) before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. Consumption on the combined cycle is 24.8mpg, while CO2 emissions equate to 266g/km.

The all-aluminium V8 engine powering the 750i and 750Li also features its own world first - twin-turbochargers and catalysts that are placed within the V-space of the engine block. This not only optimises packaging but the reduction in manifold length and larger cross sections mean the engine breathes better for enhanced performance. Double-VANOS variable valve technology and high-precision direct injection technology further aid engine performance to the degree that all the innovations combine to offer a V8 engine that has an equivalent output of a traditional 12-cylinder unit.

Aimed at customers who prefer the characteristics of a petrol-powered BMW six-cylinder engine, the BMW 740i and 740Li are also offered. Using an internationally-acclaimed 2,979cc powerplant, the BMW 740i musters 326hp and 450Nm of torque for rapid yet serene performance. The twin-turbocharged engine features high-precision direct injection and Double-VANOS variable valve technology to achieve optimum performance. The car accelerates from zero to 62mph in 5.9 seconds (6.0 seconds for the 740Li) before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. The 3.0-litre BMW 740i and 740Li post combined fuel consumption figures of 28.5mpg and 28.2mpg respectively, while returning emissions figures of 232g/km and 235g/km.

All BMW 7 Series models come with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

EfficientDynamics
The launch of the new 7 Series means the entire BMW range now comes equipped with EfficientDynamics technologies as standard. With its roof, doors, bonnet and side panels all made from aluminium to dovetail with the principle of lightweight engineering, the BMW 7 Series also has other innovative class-leading technology which improves engine performance, while cutting fuel consumption and emissions.

Brake Energy Regeneration uses the engine's power on overrun, such as braking, to charge the battery for the car's electrical circuit. When the driver is accelerating the alternator disengages so all of the engine's power is channelled towards the car's performance. Other ancillaries, such as the air-conditioning compressor, are also able to disengage to improve the all round performance of the car. This intelligent use of drivetrain power is why EfficientDynamics technology has helped the 7 Series become a class-leader in terms of performance, fuel consumption and emissions.

World firsts
The BMW 7 Series' drivetrain superiority is reinforced with a plethora of automotive firsts. All 7 Series can now be specified with the world's first car available with a Side View camera system. In addition to Park Distance Control that aids slow speed manoeuvring, the front side view camera system provides another tier of driver awareness. With the touch of a button two forward facing cameras mounted in the front bumper can show an overview of traffic conditions on the iDrive display. This allows the driver to negotiate a partially obscured junction, leave a car park or drive through a narrow gate with absolute confidence.

The new BMW 7 Series can be specified with the world's most advanced Night Vision system in a production car. BMW was the first manufacturer to fit Night Vision to a premium car and it has now upgraded this package to include a pedestrian recognition system in another world first. A control unit analyses video data of human behaviour as part of the Night Vision camera's reach and can subsequently alert the driver if it detects a human is moving into the path of the vehicle.

Building on the impressive list of innovations, the 7 Series is the first BMW to feature Lane Change Warning combined with Lane Departure Warning. The latter is a system that first appeared on BMW 5 and 6 Series models and uses a camera to monitor road markings. Should the driver start to stray out of lane, a gentle vibration of the steering wheel provides an alert. However, courtesy of two radars located at either side of the rear bumper, Lane Change Warning adds another level of driver safety. The sensors constantly scan the blind spot either side of the vehicle, up to a distance of 60 metres, and alert the driver to the presence of another vehicle with a triangular symbol in the door mirror housing.

Cars that are specified with Head-up Display and Lane Departure Warning have the added driver benefit of a speed limit warning system. The camera used as part of the Lane Departure Warning system can now also scan oncoming road signs to alert the driver of any impending speed restriction. The current speed limit is then displayed in the Head-up Display. This is the first time a production car has been offered with a speed warning system that can read road signs.

Completing the host of innovations is speed-related Integral Active Steering. A car specified with this optional equipment allows the rear wheels to turn by up to 3º. At slow speeds it is highly manoeuvrable, while at a faster pace it offers enhanced composure and driving dynamics.

Tailormade driving dynamics
The latest generation BMW 7 Series is the first to have Drive Dynamic Control featuring Variable Damping Control as standard. Drive Dynamic Control is the umbrella function that lets a driver customise the characteristics of his or her car. As part of this Variable Damping Control can bet set in comfort, normal, sport, sport + modes. For the first time though these settings are infinitely variable depending on driving style and road surface condition. The selected mode now alters the throttle response, gear change speed and steering feel.

To aid driving dynamics and comfort the 7 Series is the first BMW Saloon to feature race car-like double-wishbone front suspension. This arrangement allows engineers to fine-tune the suspension for the best kinematic configuration. The rear suspension consists of a five-link arrangement made of aluminium which can be further optimised with the inclusion of Adaptive Air Suspension.

The BMW 7 Series comes as standard with Dynamic Stability Control + featuring additional functions such as Hill-Start Assistant, Brake Drying, Brake Pre-tensioning, Soft-stop and Brake Fade Compensation. Dynamic Traction Control can be activated via a button to enable spirited driving or greater traction of slippery surfaces such as snow and ice.

A new interior
The new BMW 7 Series comes with one of the most luxurious interiors of any premium car. In addition to a new iDrive controller and larger 10.2-inch screen, owners will be able to programme frequently selected radio stations or navigation destinations on favourite buttons located on the centre console. For the first time on a BMW the instrument cluster comprises a high-resolution colour display with Black Panel technology. This new style of display makes for greater character clarity and, when not in use, forms a smooth, homogenous black surface that gives the interior an added level of modern elegance.

The 7 Series is the first BMW to enable a customer to upload their favourite music to be stored on the vehicle courtesy of an 8Gb hard drive. In excess of 100 albums can be saved in this way for the driver's enjoyment. Four-zone automatic air-conditioning is fitted as standard while, for the first time, the 7 Series can have a rear seat ventilation system combined with massage function. The air-conditioning system feeds cool air to the seat squab and backrest, while 12 massage bubbles gently knead the occupants' upper body.

The BMW 7 Series comes with BMW ConnectedDrive. This facility features elements such as a dedicated call centre with a concierge service, automatic fault awareness and BMW Assist, the electronic safety net that automatically dials the emergency services in the event of an accident, free of charge for three years.

The BMW 7 Series goes on sale in the UK on 15 November, 2008. Prices will be announced in due course.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow if the autobloggers hate it this much I can't think what the jalops are saying...

      considering the 730d gets better mileage than the lexus flagship hybrid, it would get my pick for the daily driver in the luxury barge category. But naturally it won't be offered here. Not even in piss filtered form.

      Hey, what happened to the 8-speed that was supposed to debut?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's a step back in the right direction for BMW. I love how when the current 7 Series debuted, it was blasted for being the most hideous thing on four wheels, and now everyone's acting like it's some kind of classic design. I see the E39 M5 in this new 7, and that's a good sign, as that was one of BMW's truly great automobiles. IMO, the only three cars of BMW's entire, every expanding stable that are cohesively designed and striking to look at are the new 3 Series coupe, the Z4, and the 5 Series.

      Meanwhile, the new Audis are classic and gorgeous (A5, anyone?), while the new C Class sport Mercedes-Benz is shockingly good-looking (an example of aggressive styling paying off).

      BMW and Acura (and Honda) need to stop sharing their water supply, because there's something in there that's making them take handsome designs and just butcher the hell out of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to say that I was never quite happy with the Bangle-era BMW's.... and this one is just another one added to that pile.
      Also, just out of curiosity... why can it the 750 when the engine is a 4.4... I don't know about BMW's math..but 4.4 rounds down to 4 not up to 5. It's trivial...but still kind of silly considering that on all their other models the numbers after the series number relate directly to the engine size.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not true re: the nomenclature and engine sizes, Js.

        Exhibit A: 328 and 335 both have 3.0L engines....
      Bert
      • 6 Years Ago
      A huge improvement over the old 7 series in every way. Amazingly, BMW realized putting the shifter back on the console is where it belongs. BMW reliability is better than Mercedes and the car is far more driver oriented than any Lexus LS430. This car will be a hit. Maybe the diesel will come to the US too; it would make a great luxury car almost perfect (it doesn't have all wheel drive).
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks like an economy car. This is seriously better than an S Class!!???? ROFL LMAO LOLxD
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I totally agree! The local Hyundai/Kia dealer has TT V8s, heated/ventilated/massaging/infinitely adjustable/memory seats (front AND rear), advanced night vision, front side view camera, speed-related Integral Active Steering, Lane Change Warning combined with Lane Departure Warning, Head-up display with a speed warning system that can read road signs, double-wishbone front suspension, Adaptive Air Suspension,
        Drive Dynamic Control featuring Variable Damping Control (can bet set in comfort, normal, sport, sport + modes. For the first time though these settings are infinitely variable depending on driving style and road surface condition. The selected mode now alters the throttle response, gear change speed and steering feel
        ), Dynamic Stability Control + featuring additional functions such as Hill-Start Assistant, Brake Drying, Brake Pre-tensioning, Soft-stop and Brake Fade Compensation, Dynamic Traction Control, 10.2-inch screen, instrument cluster made up of a high-resolution colour display with Black Panel technology, 8Gb hard drive, Four-zone automatic air-conditioning, not to mention acres of premium, supple leathers and high-quality wood inlays throughout all of the economy cars on its 2008 lineup. I'm so lucky to live in a world where all of these features and luxuries can be had by the lower end consumer, god bless America!


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        • 6 Years Ago
        yes. it is better than the s class.
        anything else you;d like to know?
        • 6 Years Ago
        House, did you seriously type all of that in defense of a car? We know you love BMW but in the end it's just any other company that wants your money and cares nothing about you on a personal level.

        Seriously... Drive a BMW 7, Audi A8, Lexus LS, and a Mercedes S class... You won't care which one you buy as long as you get one of them. They are all the best of the best.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also, what's with the top of the tail lights not aligning with anything. Looks bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure this will be one of the world's best luxury cars, if not the best, BUT the generic styling bits and pieces is BMW's version of "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic". Nothing new here, but I do like the extremely short front and rear overhangs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, the 3.0L TT I-6 now makes 326 hp and 332 lb-ft in the 7. Does this mean the motor in the lower 35i models such as 135i will be updated to these specs soon?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Official!?! Officially Boring!
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't know that the BMW front end is a option on the Hyundai Genesis!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I was reminded of the Genesis, too. Overall it looks strikingly similar to the LS.

        I'm disappointed. I absolutely love the 7 series but those tail lights... They just don't fit the ultra-classy appeal of the 7 series.

        I can't wait to see the new A8. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I think the comparisons to the Hyundai say more about the Genesis and less about the 7.

        That said, I like the look of this 7, but I'd wait until the new A8 comes out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        DAmn it, i have to say.... +1

        I'd still take, stylingwise, the MB S class.
      • 6 Years Ago
      * World's first Night Vision system with individual pedestrian recognition (check)
      * World's first production car with front side view camera (??? Lexus LX had the front view camera for a while, and Infiniti EX35 surround view camera is still the best IMO)
      * First BMW Saloon with speed-related Integral Active Steering (check, but active steering is really nothing new)
      * First BMW with Lane Change Warning (check. aren't it a bit late? a infiniti M, Lexus LS had them for at least 2 years, and cheaper cars like infinit EX, Buick ,Cadillac have had them too.)
      * BMW 7 Series to feature EfficientDynamics for class-leading CO2 emissions and fuel consumption (i don't about that. not trying to start a BMW Lexus war, but LS 460 and 600H are for sure cleaner (as in emission) than the 7)

      bottom line: the new BMW 7 didn't bring ANYTHING new, there is no MUST have, or MUST go to factor except the badge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually am quite pleased with this new model, and I'm sure there won't be any shortage of buyers for the new car.

      If I had to gripe, I'd say the back end styling could be a bit more inspired, and the dash layout could depart a bit more from the current model, but overall I'm pleased... and yes, I do think it's better than an S-Class!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is definitely more evolutionary than revolutionary. They seemed to have taken the current car and smoothed it out and fixed the really ugly bits. I'm sure it will sell well. The rear seat looks like a very nice place to be fully optioned out.
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