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BMW is launching its latest 7 Series flagship in the United States here at the LA Auto Show and has decided to whet our appetites a bit before the official unveiling by releasing an early press release about its latest offerings. As expected, the new 7 is equipped with a direct-injected twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 as its sole engine option here in the States. That's not really a bad thing, though, as the force-fed mill pumps out 400 horses and an impressive 450 lb-ft of torque. We've driven the X6 with this powerplant in the past, and are confident it'll have no problem whatsoever getting the big sedan moving at a very brisk clip.

Also new for 2009 is BMW's first ever use of a multi-link double wishbone front suspension, which breaks from the German automaker's usual habit of front struts. As you'd expect, there is a long-wheelbase model of the new 7 as well, known as the 750Li, for those who wish to be driven rather than to drive. Perhaps the Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid, which will also be unveiled in just a bit, will foretell a production hybrid version of BMW's range-topper. Stay tuned for live shots of the new 7 in just a few hours.

Live photos copyright ©2008 Jeremy Korzeniewski / Weblogs, Inc.



North American debuts for all-new BMW 7 Series as well as the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid and BMW Advanced Diesel models with BluePerformance

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 19, 2008... BMW today showcased a wide range of models and technologies as part of its ongoing EfficientDynamics strategy that exemplifies the German firm's commitment to reducing harmful emissions and to help protect the environment. Rather than focus on just a few models and one or two types of technology, BMW applies its principles to all of its vehicles using a wide variety of technologies. Immediately prior to their market launch in the US and Canada, the 335d Sedan and the X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle(R), featuring BluePerformance technology, are being presented to the public in California. Parallel to the North American debut of the all-new BMW 7 Series, the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid, BMW's second ActiveHybrid Concept, the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, will also be seen in Los Angeles. Also featured will be the updated 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon.

BMW 7 Series again sets the benchmark
The all-new fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series radiates a natural presence, inherent sportiness and an elegance born of precision in concept and execution. A new V-8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers expresses BMW EfficientDynamics at the highest level of performance. The 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 delivers 400 hp and 450lb-ft of torque. New, exclusive BMW driver-assistance systems and comfort-related features further add to a truly exceptional driving and riding experience.

Inside the new 7, the ambiance is luxurious, of transcendent quality and - most important of all - inviting. The driver-oriented control center features Black Panel technology. More functions than ever are conveniently accessible to the driver from the multi-function steering wheel.

The new 7 is BMW's first passenger car with multi-link double-wishbone front suspension. The new Integral V rear suspension incorporates extensive use of aluminum. On the long wheelbase 750Li, self-leveling air suspension is standard. Also new, and a world premiere: Integral Active Steering, which adds speed-sensitive rear-wheel steering. With the standard Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can choose between four settings for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shift characteristics, engine-throttle response and power-steering assist.

An array of innovative driver-assistance options unique in the luxury segment includes Active Cruise Control with new stop-and-go capability, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Head-up Display, High Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with new Pedestrian Detection, Side View and Back-up Cameras.

All of this will make the new 7 once again the benchmark for performance, luxury, efficiency and safety when it arrives in the US in early 2009.

BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid: The BMW of hybrids
As an integral part of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid previews the potential of BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a luxury sedan. In typical BMW fashion, this new concept car combines a significant reduction of fuel consumption and emissions with a level of driving dynamics never seen before even in this class of hybrid cars.

The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is an intelligent symbiosis of BMW's new twin-turbo V8 engine and electric drive as a mild hybrid concept. A compact electric motor, integrated into the transmission housing, replaces the conventional alternator as well as the starter. Power to run all electrics on-board the car is generated by means of Brake Energy Regeneration. The combination of internal combustion engine and electric motor take the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8's already potent 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque and supplies an additional 20 horsepower and up to 155 lb-ft of torque as needed. The drivetrain technology featured in the concept car allows enhanced driving dynamics together with a reduction of fuel consumption and emissions by 15 percent in the EU test cycle compared to the same car running on a combustion engine alone. At the same time the use of BMW ActiveHybrid technology does not require any compromises in driving qualities and features of the BMW 7 Series.

Energy is stored in a compact lithium-ion battery housed in the luggage compartment. An Auto Start Stop function helps to ensure optimum efficiency in all driving situations.

The hybrid technology showcased in the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is perfectly suited to the new benchmark in the full-sized performance luxury sedan segment just as the two-mode hybrid technology used in the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, also on display in Los Angeles, is well matched to the world's first Sports Activity Coupe.

BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance: efficiency and dynamics in abundance
With the introduction of the new BMW Advanced diesel powered 335d and X5 xDrive35d models, the BMW Group announces another step in its strategy for EfficientDynamics. Both models will feature a 50-state emission compliant version of BMW's award winning sequential-turbo 3.0-liter diesel engine - the first performance-oriented and efficient Advanced Diesel engine in BMW's U.S. line.

The sequential-turbo 3.0-liter diesel engine powering both models employs both a very small and a larger turbocharger combined with an innovative intake system enabling the engine to develop 265 hp. Even more impressive are the torque characteristics. Fully 80% of the torque is available from 1100rpm to 4200rpm. The peak torque is 425 lbs-ft at 1750rpm - almost as much as BMW's 6.0-liter V12. The performance is what the enthusiast would expect from a BMW. The 335d is capable of sprinting from 0 - 60 mph in six seconds flat. The X5 xDrive35d will do it in 6.9 seconds. No other diesels in the US will perform like this pair of BMW Advanced Diesel models.

Coupled with this performance potential is impressive fuel economy. The EPA mileage estimates for the 335d are 23 city and 36 highway. The X5 xDrive35d is rated at 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Both offer the convenience of travelling approximately 580 miles between fill-ups.

Thanks to BluePerformance technology, this unparalleled blend of performance and efficiency can only be found in a BMW Advanced Diesel.

2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon: The quintessential sports sedan and wagon once again raise the bar
The 2009 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon are poised to maintain market leadership with updated exterior and interior styling, new technologies, enhanced ergonomics and the introduction of BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance in the 335d Sedan.

A Subtle freshening of exterior design features a new front end, more dynamic profile, and wider rear stance. Headlights and taillights are new, yet present a typically BMW look, innovative lighting technology and 3-dimensional effects. The refinement of the interior design reflects and complements the distinctive exterior design. Among functional updates are ergonomically enhanced placement of power-window controls for the driver and new, expanded storage possibilities.

The optional onboard navigation system features an all-new iDrive control concept and display. It offers new menus, new direct-select keys and Programmable Memory Keys. Subscribers to the optional BMW Assist Convenience Plan can access "BMW Search" to quickly find a desired business or other point of interest with just a key word search, using Google search technology and intelligence, even from the convenience of your home or office. Once a destination has been found, route guidance or a hands-free call from a Bluetooth® -linked phone is available at just a simple push of a button.

For 2009, BMW maintains its position as a leader in technology while providing the most innovative blend of performance and fuel economy that are the hallmarks of BMW EfficientDynamics.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 models and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and the upcoming X6 Sport Activity Coupe. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 335 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 142 BMW motorcycle retailers, 83 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      So if this is the only engine...

      ...They've got the S550 beat, but how were they planning on competing with the S600, S63 and S65, again? I mean, 400hp/450lb-ft isn't bad, by any means, but it's not in the same league as the 600's 510hp and 614lb-ft, let alone the 65's 604hp and 738lb-ft. Even the S63 has 518hp and 465lb-ft of torque.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hell, for you to be right, the Cayenne Turbo would have to weigh 1000lbs more than the Cayenne V6.

        The Q7 V8 and V6 TDI both only weigh 5400 lbs, and those are full-size to the Cayenne's mid-size.

        The Cayenne Turbo would have to weigh as much as the Touareg V10 TDI.

        Touareg Curb Weight

        V6: 5,086 lbs. V8: 5,300 lbs. V10 TDI: 5,825 lbs.

        And the Cayenne V6 is LIGHTER than the Touareg V6.

        You think BMW's credibility outweighs mine? Well Porsche's
        credibility outweighs yours.

        Car and Driver has no credibility. I've been long convinced they suck at their jobs. Testing cars shouldn't be all that difficult.

        Explain away conspiracy theorist.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My point was that whether it's underrated or not is irrelevant to the people buying it. They're going to look at two things as far as acceleration and power go:
        1. How much power does BMW say it has?
        2. How fast is it?

        If BMW says it has 400, it doesn't matter if it has 378, 446, 510, or 400. Because the manufacturer says it has 400. Most people that buy 7 series aren't looking around to find out if their engine is underrated. And if this thing can't pull off a sub-4.5 0-60 time, it's not qualified to compete with the S600/63/65 (speaking strictly in terms of acceleration; handling, comfort, etc. are another discussion).

        And as far as the Porsche goes... I'm sorry, the 1st generation Cayenne weighed how much?


        "So wrap your wetware around this number: 5724—as in pounds, as in curb weight for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo."
        -August 2003

        See also: http://www.caranddriver.com/content/download/100916/1309125/version/1/file/+PORSCHE_CAYENNE.pdf

        The Cayenne lost weight for the second generation. It's the current car that weighs ~5100-5300lbs.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The 1st gen Cayenne Turbo had 450hp and 457lb-ft of torque. It weighed 5,724lbs. What's your point?

        So, in short:
        1. Yes, I still think this thing has 400hp. You've done nothing to prove otherwise, and I think BMW's credibility is just a bit greater than yours.
        2. You're clearly underestimating the impact that the rest of the chassis and driveline has on acceleration times.
        3. You've missed another key point: for a lot of the people buying these cars, it doesn't matter if it's underrated or not. It only matters that on paper, it's got 400hp to the Mercedes' 500+. One of my close relatives has gone from a w220 chassis S500, to a w220 S600, to a w221 S600 in the past 9 years. They looked at the 760 on my recommendation when they bought the 221, and one of the reasons they bought the 600 instead is because the 760 was significantly down on both power and performance from the Mercedes. I can assure you that when they replace their current S600 next year-likely with an S65-they will not be cross-shopping the 7 because it's totally outclassed from a power perspective, whether it's underrated on paper or not. It's not just about the numbers, it's about perception. For instance, they won't buy a Bentley now that I've told them that the Flying Spur and the Continental GT are built on a VW chassis and use VW engines either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        *and the Cayenne made it to 60 in 5 flat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Calm down you big douche. According to Car and Driver both the 1st and 2nd generation Cayenne Turbos weigh 600lbs more than the 3192lbs quoted from Porsche.

        I wouldn't have expected you to figure that out.


        "The [2004] Cayenne is a porky 5192 pounds, which is a lot for a
        vehicle this size."


        2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo: 5625lbs

        Typically I'd say only morons believe Car and Driver. But who knows, maybe they did actually catch Porsche in a lie.

        But your point does not prove me wrong in any way. I never contested that BMW should or shouldn't put down higher figures. But the fact is that they underrate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Twin turbo 4.4L V8 making 400hp, ehhh, what??? Even the torque is very low for what it should be able to do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're assuming BMW isn't being conservative with their numbers (its happened before).

        They've also been leaving a lot of power on the table with the TT-I6.

        BMW does a lot of tinkering over time. Look at the evolution of the NA-I6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ummm... the E39 M5 weighed 3,800lbs, and had a 400hp engine. That was good to get it to 60mph in ~5 seconds.

        The xDrive50i weighs 5,200 lbs and has a "400hp" engine. Thats good enough to get it to 60mph in ~5 seconds.

        If you still think this engine is 'similarly underrated' to the 4.9L... I think you just leapfrogged me in terms of speculation.

        Similar to the 335i's "300hp" engine, which in reality is probably more powerful than the 333hp E46 M3.

        We'll be just fine with this engine ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, the M5 V8 was 4.9L and made about 400HP. BMW should be able to exceed that without adding two turbos.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If BMW was conservative about their figures, then the 400HP of the M5 would have been conservative too. So this would still be doing no better.

        This [my favorite company] is conservative with their figures stuff is maddening. It's the catch all blind defense mechanism.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You people seem to forget something called powercurve, that's why all these new engines seem allot more powerfull even though the power rating says otherwise.

        For example, the 3.2 M3 had a PEAK power of 343hp @ 7900rpm.
        The 335i has a power plateau of 306hp from 5800 to 6800RPM.
        So when you arrived at peak powerwith the M3 and you had to shift, a good deal of that 343hp was gone. When you arrive @ 7000rpm with the 335i and you shift, you still have that 300hp because of the large area that 306hp covers in the power curve.

        Same with the new TT 4.4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can better looks also come standard?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interested to see what else they put this V8-TT inside.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Z4 ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's already in the X6. I bet in 2010 it'll be in the 5 series and X5 as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't get it. As the only engine?

      It's disappointing it takes BMW so much stuff just to make the level of power they do. Remember the 3.2L M3 motor? Where'd that kind of technology go?
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW stopped trying, hence the new M3... "sooo... audi has a 4.2l putting out around 420hp - let's do the exact same thing!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good to see the twin turbo V8. But it doesn't help the hideous look. The front looks as if its nose had taken a sucker punch, and a sucker punch in the nose is what Bangle needs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure the engine is very good, but does anyone know how much it weighs? (The 4.4 TT V8 that is, not the car)
      • 6 Years Ago
      with a little tuning, this thing should be knocking on 600hp easily.
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