With a sixth generation BMW 7-Series being tested for arrival in late 2015, BMW has reworked the existing car to help it keep up with cars like the Mercedes S-Class. The German marque’s high-end saloon hasn’t been altered that much but there are a few new touches like a central control display with 3D graphics and an entertainment system for the rear passengers.
There’s an eight-speed auto transmission as standard, which is said to increase efficiency over a manual eight-speed gearbox by up to 25% no matter whether you choose anything from the six-cylinder diesel TwinPower turbocharged 7-Series to the BMW ActiveHybrid 7. The range topping 760Li with the 12-cylinder petrol engine and the 750i with a V-8 have also been reworked.
The current generation 7-Series has always combined speed, luxury and technology so gadgets like Adaptive Headlights with High Beam Assistance, BMW ConnectedDrive Park Assistant, which makes parallel parking simple, Driver Assistance Plus that keeps you in your lane, and Active Protection, which tunes suspension, brakes and engine management thanks to a vast array of sensors, are as important as the full leather interior and the 0 to 62 mph time of 4.6 seconds that the BMW 760Li achieves.
Drivers can customise their car’s equipment through the manufacturer’s ‘Individual’ programme, so no two 7-Series are the same. Whether you see the 7-Series as a luxury car, a limo or a sports saloon, there’s more than enough going for this generation to keep up sales whilst BMW perfect their new ultimate driving machine for 2015.
As a tribute to the UAE’s 40 years of unity, BMW will introduce in those markets a special edition of the 7-series - aptly dubbed “40 Years UAE Edition” - which will be unveiled at the 2011 Dubai International Motor Show. The model is based on the 750 Li and will come with Marakesh Brown paint job and Merino Platinum leather interior. The emblem of the UAE is stiched on the headrests and can be spotted on the iDrive control and on several other bits around the car as well.
Under the hood it will have a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with direct injection - producing 407 hp and 600 Nm of maximum torque - and capable of pushing the car from 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) in 5.2 seconds with 250 km/h top speed. Only 40 units of the BMW 7-series 40 Years UAE Edition will be produced.
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The sixth generation BMW 5-Series has gotten rid of its Bangle design, as thought, and has evolved into a smaller version of the 7-Series, with some elements showing the influence of the 5-Series GT interior.
The new 5-Series is a sophisticated sedan, destined to be a crowd pleaser, with a few clever changes for this new generation. The interior takes on a more driver-oriented set-up, and the exterior design has a new, longer wheel base for more passenger room, and a longer bonnet.
The F10 named project has focused on pared-back, elegant design, and while it conservative, it still packs some aggression in the front nose. After the jump is the full press release from BMW on its new 5-Series, including its complete engine range at launch. More details, including pricing, should follow, and stay tuned for a 5-Series video.
At the Detroit show, BMW has confirmed 2009 production of the hybrid versions of the X6 and 7 series, previously seen as prototypes at Frankfurt in 2007 in the form of the X6 ActiveHybrid and in Paris in 2008 as the Series 7 ActiveHybrid.
The engine used on the 7 Series is the new V8, 4.4 litre twin turbo petrol at 407hp, matched with a 20hp electric engine and 210Nm of torque. This will contribute to a 20 percent reduction in consumption, together with energy saved while stopped and other aspects from the Efficient Dynamics system.
The X6 is, generically speaking, a v8 petrol unit with ActiveHybrid Dual Mode, which in concept stage currently includes two driving modes: one for city driving and the other for high speed touring. It seems realistic to expect a debut at Frankfurt later this year.
It’s time for the first test drives for BMW with its 7 Series (in the photo a 740i pre-series reserved for the press) which will soon arrive on the market with plenty of technology to improve driving pleasure. A few tests have been carried out on the BMW test-track at Miramas, the details below.
The guys from CAR have confirmed the agility and command reaction of the sedan, comparing it to a 3 Series; and on pushing the “sport” button gives extra driving feel, setting engine, steering and suspension response. The real ace up their sleeve however, is the rear wheel steering making for great cornering as the rear wheels automatically follow and react to what’s happening up front.
The magazine says it’s a natural and satisfying driving feel for both passenger and driver, with the Series 7 feeling like a smaller car that what it actually is, forging new paths for bigger sedans. Clientele for this type of car is looking for comfort and the 7 Series guarantees it with sophisticated chassis and suspension giving great comfort whatever the road conditions.
In a board of directors meeting a few days ago, Norbert Reithofer, BMW president, announced some important strategies that the company will undertake in the near future. The good news for purists of the brand is that “project X7″ has been definitively cancelled.
The next efforts in the SUV category will be concentrated on a hybrid version of the X6; the car will adopt the technology that we will see on the Series 7 hybrid in arrival in the second half of 2009. Some more good news comes in the form of BMW soon having a four-door GT seed (probably the CS road version). Unfortunately no information on a time frame for this project was provided. A mini SUB has been given free reign as well, in addition to the next generation Rolls-Royce Phantom which will be commercialised over the next few months.
Via | BMWblog
This year’s edition of Villa Celimontana Jazz, summer music event that takes place every year in Rome, has been sponsored by BMW Italia, who will present with a small exhibition of some of the more recent models, such as the SUV X6.
These preview shots, sent to us by Gianluca Pellegrino, come from the company’s official presentation of the series 7. And so we give you this taste of the model in a new gallery.
The “third day” in the 7 series release has come about, along with the press details and photos we’ve already seen, and a new video. The main characteristics of the new range from Munich are as follows: three engines will be available, the BMW 750i, 740i and 730d. The flagship car will have luxury versions, the 750Li and the 740Li with a wheel base increased by 140mm, and particular attention given to comfort in the rear.
The car will debut with the next generation innovative BMW iDrive system, with a 10.2 inch screen, menu, iDrive Controller and “favourite” buttons for a more intuitive control. Navigation systems have been optimised and the audio system has a hard disc memory. The international preview of the BMW ConnectedDrive also occurs, inlcuding unlimited access to the internet via the car’s screen. Follow the jump for some details from the official press release (UK version).
From the spy shots it seemed that this vehicle should have looked more like the CS. But sometimes in the world of restyling, the best choices don’t always come up. Prior to the July 7 official presentation, the embargo has, as usual, been brokent - here are the first shots of the Bmw Series 7.
The photos show a bulky front, nice lines down the sides and an evolved rear look compared to the current generation. So the promises have been maintained.
Car companies have got the taste for teaser campaigns with new models being anticipated through enigmatic snaps and tantalising partial shots. BMW is no exception to this fashion and has released the first official images of the new 7 Series, where it’s possible to make out only the form of the headlights.
The occasion is a golf tournament sponsored by BMW, who has hit the nail on the head with donating to the public a glimpse of what will be seen at the Paris show in October, where the 7 Series will have its debut. The renderings and spy shots have already given us some idea of the new car, and official photos are expected in about a week.
Via | Carscoop (Thanks to Bugatti&91)