The new 2013 BMW 7 Series is here. The flagship model series of the BMW fleet embodies sporting elegance, refined powertrain technology and luxurious comfort in equal measure.
Outside, the 2013 BMW 7 Series received a subtle makeover with new LED headlights distinguished by BMW’s signature ‘Corona’ rings, a reduction in kidney grille vertical slats from 12 to nine each and a reshaped front bumper to help channel air more efficiently around the front wheels. Suspension tweaks have resulted in an overall height reduction of 8mm.
As seen on the newer models, the turn signals are now part of the housing of side mirrors. At the back, chrome stripes connect reflectors. The tailights’ shape remains unchanged while featuring a darker red color.
Inside, there’s a new multi-function instrument panel, with a large screen that takes the place of conventional dials. The instruments are now presented using different colours and graphics depending on the driving mode selected, and provide situation-specific information such as status and function displays. The Control Display in the centre of the instrument panel has also benefited from visual and technical improvements and now uses high-resolution 3D graphics.
Additionally, BMW has added a new 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System and an optional Rear Seat Entertainment package with a new 9.2-inch monitor.
The revised international BMW 7-Series line-up includes four petrol engines, three diesels and a second-generation hybrid model, the ActiveHybrid 7, which is available in right-hand-drive for the first time.
The entry-level 190kW/310Nm 3.0-litre inline-six BMW 730i is 13 per cent more fuel efficient than before, using 8.6 litres per 100km and emitting 199g of CO2 per kilometre.
The 740i and long-wheelbase 740Li get the N55 inline six-cylinder engine with the now-familiar single twin-scroll turbocharger, rated at 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Paired with BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, the powertrain is roughly 20 percent more efficient in EU combined cycle testing.
As expected – making its debut on the 7-Series is BMW’s new 3.0-liter tri-turbocharged inline-six diesel, first seen in the M550d xDrive. In the all-wheel drive 750d xDrive, the diesel unit is rated at 375hp (381PS) and 740Nm (546 lb-ft) allowing for a zero to 100km/h (62mph) acceleration time of only 4.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).
For the ActiveHybrid, BMW promises fuel consumption figures of 6.8 l/100km and CO2 emissions at 158g/km. The 0-100km/h sprint is listed at a still quite sharp 5.7 seconds.
All of the 2013 BMW 7-Series range gets auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration, and ECO PRO mode.
Integral Active Steering is available on rear-drive 7-Series models, adding rear-wheel steering to the Active Steering system to improve handling and maneuverability.