• Jul 1st 2009 at 3:58PM
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2010 BMW 7 Series M Sport - Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW introduced its first all-wheel drive 3 Series in the mid-80's, with an all-wheel drive variant of the 5 Series arriving on the scene several years later. Today, BMW has announced that its range-topping full-size 2010 7 Series sedan will finally get the automaker's all-wheel drive "xDrive" treatment. Designed with a rear torque bias to maintain rear-wheel drive handling characteristics, the all-season traction will be available on the turbocharged eight-cylinder models initially, as BMW has not announced any plans to adapt it to the V12-powered 760Li flagship. The standard model will be called the "750i xDrive" while the long-wheelbase model carries "750Li xDrive" nomenclature.

The Bimmer boys also announced the availability of the "M Sport Package" for all 7 Series models. The package includes lift-reducing aerodynamic cladding, shadowline trim, Active Roll Stabilization (RWD only), anthracite headliner, and 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance rubber. If that isn't enough, BMW is also offering special Carbon Black Metallic exterior paint and 20-inch wheels for the new 2010 7 Series M Sport models. Full press release after the jump.


  • 01.07.2009
  • Press Release
Enhanced xDrive All-Wheel Drive System Available for the First Time on BMW's Range-Topping Sedan.

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey – July 1, 2009... In the continuing development of BMW's flagship 7 Series line, BMW today announced xDrive all-wheel drive versions of the 750i and 750Li. When combined with the previously announced V12-powered 760Li, the 7 Series range grows to five variants for model year 2010.

BMW's acclaimed xDrive all-wheel drive system has been enhanced for these new models to ensure that the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive set a new benchmark for handling characteristics among all-wheel drive sedans. BMW's Integrated Chassis Management, using the remarkable speed of its FlexRay on-board network and the quick-responding xDrive hardware, is able to identify and limit understeer by shifting torque rearward (up to 80% to the rear axle) while preserving the stability for which xDrive has been so widely recognized.

As a second step, the Integrated Chassis Management system can then apply a precise combination of throttle and individual rear-corner braking in order to maintain perfectly neutral handling in a corner - regardless of road surface conditions.

These key enhancements to xDrive ensure that the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive will be two of the most nimble all-wheel drive sedans available in any vehicle segment.

For driving enthusiasts, model year 2010 also marks the debut of the M Sport Package for all 7 Series models. The M Sport Package includes an M steering wheel, lift-reducing aerodynamic kit, Active Roll Stabilization (RWD only), Shadowline trim, Anthracite headliner and 19" wheels with ultra-high performance tires. 20" wheels with ultra-high performance tires are available at additional cost. Carbon Black Metallic exterior paint is available with the new M Sport Package.

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, a strategic design consultancy 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 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. 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 America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      A black 2010 760Li M-Sport is definately something I'd like a whole lot. It's the first time Mercedes' competition has stepped up to the plate to compete with the outrageous power that is the twin-turbo V-12.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW has the 8hp90 in the 760, so there is headroom for more boost.
        For S65 hunting.
        The 8 speed auto already puts it miles ahead of the S600.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Despite the comparative lack of gears, I wouldn't count the big Benz out just yet. With 612 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm, it still has a lot more torque than the BMW, which even today is enough to carry the day when comparing some various BMWs and Mercedes cars.

        The BMW attacks that with a broader torque band, more power, and more gears. Recall the Lexus LS, which has only two hp less than the S550, but is significantly slower even with an extra gear and less weight. It's all in the gearing, and we don't know what BMW's is like.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW's gearing is too short, as usual-per the German norm.
        553ft-lbs@1500-5000 isn't that far off MB.
        You'd wouldn't be operating in the 'torque band' when using full out acceleration.
        4000-6000 is were the benz would do its work, the BMW 4500-6500. The BMW would out accelerate the S600.
        It would take at least another 100hp to be competitive with the S65.

        I'd like to see Mercedes drop the torque converter, so they can use the 7g-tronic with the V12. That would keep the V12 around for an extra year or two.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They better have the 8 speed auto.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those are some nostrils you got there...oink oink
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had to look at that car a few time before I beleived it was a 7 Series. Especially that top photo from the rear. That's one dead-sexy looking car. I've always had a soft spot for the 7 Series(especially the E38's), but I wan't as fond of the Bangleized ones despite my like of other Bangle designs.
        • 6 Years Ago

        they should make everything on the exterior styling standard from this M version all the wya down to the base model

        that's quite an improvement over the last gen as well
      • 6 Years Ago
      The xDrive availability on the 7 Series will definitely take sales away from Audi, MB, Lexus and perhaps the X5 in the Upper Midwest and Northeast. The 7 is also supposed to be getting a 4 litre twin turbo diesel. Wonder if that will be available with xDrive?
      • 6 Years Ago
      not surprizing since the added weight makes the 3-series a bit heavier
      same goes with the G37x as well

      now, there is no way to know what the A4 chasis could bring with RWD, as in comparison the A4 still trails both the 3 and G in handling adn acceleration. and the S4 doesn't seem to be much quicker (if any) than the G37 and it's definitely still slower than the 3-series so the A4 takes 3rd place in my view
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice model. I liked it. But i would prefer the new 2009 BMW X5 is an attractive, and best selling, mid size, luxurious SUV vehicle. It has many features like high tech gadgetry, remote operating one-touch power windows, dual-zone automatic climate control and AM/FM/CD/MP3 12-speaker audio with auxiliary input etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally. I have pushed one too many 7 series in the snow...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice model in deed, much better looking than the previous 7.

      As for comparing it to S63 and S65...as much as I like BMW; those cars are insanely big and fast. In order to compete, it needs a little more horsepower. I'm sure BMW can extract it, as they are very well known for producing superb performance engines; if not the best. How? Read for yourself: International Engine of the Year award.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now if they'd only turn over the entire lineup to the brilliant chicks that designed the new Z4...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm quite eager to see how the 750Li X Drive compares to the A8 L, most notably in handling. The 750Li's already 200 some odd lbs heavier and awd should bring that figure closer to 400lbs heavier (or around 4800lbs), so it'll be interesting to see how BMW negates all that. It's not hard to make a heavy car turn corners, as VW/Audi have already proved with their work on all the Bentleys, though it is hard to make a pig feel engaging while doing it. And BMW's x drive cars (at least the 3 series x drive I drove most recently) seem to loose some of that magic in the transition from rwd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gorgeous vehicle. Will purchase this with the Panamera. Parking it next to the R63 and Cayenne GTS.

      The kids love the R63, watching spongebob in the back, while I race cars that think they can take a AMG wagon.

      Good times...
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