Lighter, hotter and more high-tech, the new generation of the BMW 7-Series has been officially unveiled by the German based automaker.
With an exterior design similar to its smaller brothers, the 5-Series and the 3-Series, and an interior capable of rivaling with its main competitor, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the new generation of the BMW 7-Series is finally here, after endless spy shots and teaser images. The model is offered, just like its predecessor, in two body styles, the with the regular and the long wheelbase, standing in at 5,098 mm (5,238 mm for the LWB) in length, 1,902 mm in width and 1,478 mm (1,485 mm) in height. This has been described of being the “largest series-produced car the brand has ever built”.
The familiar BMW proportions are noticeable on both versions and we can mention here the short front overhang and the long bonnet. The roofline has been slightly sloped, compared to the current version, and the “air flap control” has been added, for the first time ever on a production car, being an increased cooling air requirement which can remain closed for as long as the vehicle needs it. The aerodynamics have been significantly improved and the large BMW kidney grille has been added, along with the headlight units which extend up as far as the grille. The BMW Laserlight technology is also available for the car, but as an option, being recognizable by the blue-colored horizontal bar in the center of the lights.
The taillights have received the LED technology and they are connected with one another by the chrome bar extending the full width of the rear end. The tailpipes have received chrome surrounds and the vehicle is available in two non-metallic and nine metallic color shades. Other options include the M Sport Package, the BMW Individual paint finishes, the larger wheel sizes which can go up to 21 inches and several other goodies which will definitely put some space between it and its predecessor.
The interior design of the 2016 BMW 7-Series has received a more modern design. This is getting completely new control and display elements, starting with the slimmer gearshift lever and going through the Control Display Graphics. The model is also bringing the multifunctional steering wheel, the chrome buttons, the electric parking brake, the automatic air conditioning with a four-zone control, fine wood or aluminum surfaces, chrome surrounds on the instrument panel, premium material finishes and standard Dakota leather, with optional Exclusive Nappa leather in a selection of six colors.
The new generation of the flagship Bavarian car has lost up to 130 kg compared to the current version and this has happened thanks to the usage of CFRP, aluminum and other lightweight materials. The xDrive all-wheel drive system has been updated too and this is getting a more efficient transfer case. VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, along with the High Precision Direct Injection are working together with the TwinScroll turbocharger with an indirect system of air cooling incorporated into the intake manifold.
The engine lineup in the new vehicle includes the 750i xDrive (750Li xDrive), which has a 4.4L V8 petrol engine under its hood, rated at 450 HP (330 kW) at 5,500 – 6,000 rpm and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque, available at 1,800 – 4,500 rpm. The 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration takes 4.4s (4.5s) and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The average fuel consumption is 8.3L – 8.1L (8.5L – 8.3L) / 100 km. The 740i (740Li) has a six-cylinder inline petrol engine, with a 3.0L displacement, rated at 326 HP (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. This is helping the car reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5s (5.6s) and top speed is again limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The average fuel consumption is 7.0L – 6.6L (7.0L – 6.6L) / 100km.
The 730d (730Ld) is packing a six-cylinder inline diesel engine too, with a 3.0L displacement, producing 265 HP (195 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque available between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm. The 0 – 100 km/h sprint takes 6.1s (6.2s) and top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The fuel consumption is 4.9 – 4.5L (5.0 – 4.6L) / 100 km. The 730d xDrive (730Ld xDrive) is probably the most chosen version and this has a 3.0L inline six-cylinder diesel engine, with 265 HP (195 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is made in 5.8s (5.9s) and top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph). The fuel consumption stands at 5.2L – 4.8L (5.2 – 4.8) / 100km.
Last but not least, we have to mention the BMW 740e (740Le, 740Le xDrive), which has a four-cylinder inline petrol engine, with a 2.0L displacement under its hood, equipped with the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. This is rated at 258 HP (190 kW) at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,250 – 4,800 rpm. It is working together with a 95 HP (70 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque synchronous electric motor and a lithium-ion high-voltage battery. The total output of the system stands at 326 HP (240 kW). The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration is made in 5.6s (5.7s / 5.5s) and top speed is 240 km/h (149 mph). Top speed in electric mode stands at 120 km/h (75 mph) and the electric range is 40 km (25 miles). The average fuel consumption is 2.1L / 100 km (2.1L / 2.3L).