The 7 Series is One of BMW’s Best Performance Sedan

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BMW 7 Series Performance

The prestigious BMW 7 Series sets the benchmark in its class for a true luxury performance sedan. From its classy exterior to the first-class amenities, everything about this car embodies the spirit of the BMW motto “Sheer Driving Pleasure.”

2015 brought the world debut of the sixth generation BMW 7 Series. With 40 years of innovation, one of the most celebrated BMW models has reached a new height. If you ever want to drive or ride like a boss, this car is it.

Production Models of the Sixth Generation BMW 7 Series

Out of all the 2015 production versions of the BMW 7 Series, the 740 and 750 models are made available to the US market with a hybrid model 740e xDrive being released in 2016.

The Sixth Generation BMW 7 Series US Models

Petroleum

  • BMW 7 Series 740i (Inline 6-Cylinder, 320 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 740Li (Inline 6-Cylinder, 320 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive (8-Cylinder, 445 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 750Li xDrive (8-Cylinder, 445 HP)

Diesel

  • BMW 7 Series 740Ld xDrive (Inline 6-Cylinder 255 HP)

Petroleum Plug-in Hybrid

  • BMW 7 Series 740e xDrive (4-Cylinder, 240 HP)

The Sixth Generation BMW 7 Series European Models

Petroleum

  • BMW 7 Series 740i (Inline 6-Cylinder, 326 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 740Li (Inline 6-Cylinder, 326 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 750i (8-Cylinder, 440 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive (8-Cylinder, 440 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 750Li xDrive (8-Cylinder, 440 HP)

Diesel

  • BMW 7 Series 730d (Inline 6-Cylinder, 265 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 730d xDrive (Inline 6-Cylinder, 265 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 730Ld (Inline 6-Cylinder, 265 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 730Ld xDrive (Inline 6-Cylinder 265 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 740d xDrive (6-Cylinder 320 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 730Ld xDrive (6-Cylinder 320 HP)

Petroleum Plug-in Hybrid

  • BMW 7 Series 740e (4-Cylinder, 240 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 740Le (4-Cylinder, 240 HP)
  • BMW 7 Series 740Le xDrive (4-Cylinder, 240 HP)

The Inline 6-Cylinder BMW 740i and 740Li

The 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder, BMW 740Li and 740i come with the same standard TwinPower Turbo and TwinScroll Turbocharger technology. The output of the available US model BMW 740i is 320 HP with 330 lb-ft of torque.

The modified inline 6-cylinders in the 740Li and 740i utilized a new indirect system of charge air cooling. It works in syncopation with the High Precision Direct Injection, the latest VALVETRONIC, and Double-VANOS Variable camshaft timing. The result is a sharper response with more fuel saving.

The Inline 6-Cylinder BMW 740i and 740Li

The 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder, BMW 740Li and 740i come with the same standard TwinPower Turbo and TwinScroll Turbocharger technology. The output of the available US model BMW 740i is 320 HP with 330 lb-ft of torque.

The modified inline 6-cylinders in the 740Li and 740i utilized a new indirect system of charge air cooling. It works in syncopation with the High Precision Direct Injection, the latest VALVETRONIC, and Double-VANOS Variable camshaft timing. The result is a sharper response with more fuel saving.

The Diesel powered 740Ld xDrive

The upside of having a diesel-fueled engine lies within its better mpg, greater boosts of torque, and possibly fewer visits to the repair shops.

Both the BMW 730d/Ld (265 HP with approx. 457 lb-ft max. torque) and the BMW 740d/Ld (US spec: 255 HP with approx. 413 lb-ft max. torque; European spec: 320 HP with approx. 501 lb-ft max. torque) undertake striking accelerations and provide improved fuel efficiency compared to their gasoline-engine counterpart. Only the BMW 740Ld xDrive is available in the U.S. market.

Like every BMW model, cutting-edge engineering is heavily invested into the making of the 7 Series’ diesel engine.  These technologies include the Turbochargers with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG), CommonRail Direct (CRD) Injection, and the BluePerformance technology, which drastically lowers pollution emission and creates one of the cleanest diesel vehicles in the world.

The Petroleum Plug-in Hybrid Model – The BMW 740e xDrive

In 2016, an all-wheel-drive Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) 740e xDrive with BMW eDrive Powertrain System joins the BMW family. It comes with a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a lithium-ion high-voltage battery powered electrical motor. The assemblage includes an electric drive unit assimilated into an 8-Speed Steptronic Transmission.

BMW eDrive

The eDrive system in the BMW 740e is similar to the system in the BMW i models. It allows the driver to control and adjust the hybrid’s driving mode through a series of eDrive settings via buttons located on the center console. The sustainable luxury-model can run purely on electric energy at zero emission up to an approximate range of 23 miles at 75 mph top speed.

The BMW 7 Series with xDrive

BMW xDrive is the all-wheel-drive structure managed by the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) sensor system. The arrangement provides traction control for optimum directional stability. Oversteering and understeering are minimized to ensure safety, comfort, and agility.

The 8-Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission in the BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series 8 Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission

The exclusive 8-Speed Sport Automatic Steptronic Transmission in the 7 Series with steering wheel paddle shifter and Launch Control is part of the BMW EfficientDynamics. The advantages of such transmission are the noticeable weight reduction, a wider ratio spread which increases efficiency, and the uncompromised comfort during shifting.

The 8-speed transmission is linked to the BMW 7 Series’ navigation to accomplish a navigation-data-based shift. Gear switch can be seamlessly carried out and adapted according to the current driving condition and route. The system is also equipped with the newly developed converter clutch, predictive drivetrain, and the energy-saving Auto Start and Stop function. As always, optimal driving experience with the 7 Series is delivered with enhanced fuel consumption and increased dynamic performance.

The Air Suspension System in the BMW 7 Series

The suspension system in the redesigned BMW 7 Series consists of double-wishbone front suspension with five-link rear suspension and Electric Power Steering system.

The front and rear self-leveling air suspension powered by an electric compressor raise the chassis from the axles. The air level for each wheel is independently controlled, and the level control can be adjusted manually to raise the chassis when traveling on uneven roads. The system automatically lowers the chassis back to the standard setting at higher speeds over 22 mph.

The Driving Dynamics Control in the BMW 7 Series

The Driving Dynamics Control switch is conveniently located on the center console for quick access to different driving modes. COMFORT, SPORT, ECO PRO and ADAPTIVE modes can be easily initiated with a single push of a button.

The 7 Series’ Driving Dynamics Control contains the following driving modes:

    • COMFORT Mode: This is the default mode for the standard drive. In addition, COMFORT+ mode is stored within the COMFORT mode button
    • ECO PRO Mode: This switch activates settings in “fuel conservation” mode, which achieves fuel conservation by approximately 20 percent.  Settings within the ECO PRO mode can be further customized via the iDrive. The following individual sub settings can be configured for more energy saving:
      • “Coasting” mode
      • Route-ahead assistant
      • ECO PRO route
  • SPORT Mode: This setting enables the most performance and dynamic in driving. The SPORT mode can be customized via the iDrive function located in the center console
  • Adaptive Mode: the ADAPTIVE mode is now available on the BMW 7 Series through the Driving Dynamics Control function. ADAPTIVE mode links up to the navigation. It continuously monitors the present driving conditions to properly manage and adapt the system’s Dynamic Damper Control, steering, and the Steptronic transmission to ensure optimal operation

BMW EfficientLightweight in the BMW 7 Series

BMW EfficientLightweight is the concept of futuristic engineering with sturdy lightweight materials. Adopted from the BMW i model lightweight design, the application of aluminum, highly rigid steel, magnesium, and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) make up the structural composition of the passenger cell barebones called the Carbon Core of the BMW 7 Series.

Approximately 190 pounds of weight saving and 25% of carbon dioxide emission reduction is achieved with increased strength in comparison to the prior generation of the 7 Series. The ingenuity creates the nearly perfect load distr ibution and lowers the center of gravity for improved handling, fuel efficiency, and comfort.

Remote Control Parking in the BMW 7 Series

This is the possibly the coolest function in the sixth generation BMW 7 Series. Remote Control Parking is basically an automatic parking function that moves your car safely in and out of a parking space without the need for a driver to physically operate the steering wheel.

The process of parking and reversing out of a parking space is mainly controlled by three functions: Park Distance Control (PDC), Park Assistant, and the Surround View sensors. Drivers can use the BMW Display Key to bring the car in and out of a spot when the vehicle is in a straight position directly facing the parking space. Watch this video to see how the Remote Control Parking works.

BMW Display Key in the 7 Series

BMW 7 Series Display Key

The BMW Display Key (a $250 Convenience Option) is the new generation of BMW smart key. It features an integrated touch display, which is a mini touchscreen that operates and displays various vehicle information and status. The key charges wirelessly or through a dedicated USB cable.

Information Shown in the BMW Display Key

  • Time
  • Remaining fuel current range
  • Service notifications
  • Central Locking status
  • Status of windows and glass roof
  • Operation of the Remote Control Parking
  • Auxiliary heating

The Autobahn Package in the BMW 7 Series

Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview

Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview is an equipment option for the new 7 Series models. This function, along with the Integral Active Steering, is part of the BMW 7 Series’ Autobahn Package (a $4,100 Optional Package).

Active Chassis Control

The Active Chassis Control in the BMW 7 Series works with the Air Suspension System and Dynamic Damper Control to induce active roll stabilization to the suspension electromechanically. It supersedes the hydraulic suspension control by providing added comfort and better energy efficiency. In addition, the Active Comfort Drive syncs with Road Preview function which uses the data drawn from the navigation system to provide proactive road analysis and reaction.

Integral Active Steering

Integral Active Steering (available as a $1,150 stand-alone option) can be installed alone or as part of the $4,100 Autobahn Package. It is now available in the BMW 7 Series xDrive All-Wheel-Drive models to administer maximum steering stability and safety under various driving modes. Steering angles are automatically adjusted on both front and rear wheels in accordance with driving speed and steering wheel movement.

The BMW Laserlight in the BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series LaserLight Headlights

In an alternative to the standard Adaptive LED headlights is the modern, Tron-inspired BMW Laserlight (an optional add-on, not available in the U.S. market.) It features a blue accent with “BMW Laserlight” lettering.  It is an optional equipment that elevates the cool factor of the BMW 7 Series.

The BMW Laserlight is the same lighting concept implemented in the BMW i8. It was initially debuted at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas on the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model. Unfortunately, the new laserlight has not been approved for the U.S. Market.

The BMW Laserlight features the new dazzle-free Selective Beam which gives off a pure white light and provides double the high-beam range distance than conventional LED headlights. It significantly improves night driving visibility.

BMW Laserlight consists of the following assemblage:

  • LED Lowbeam Headlights
  • LED Laser Highbeams
  • Headlights LED Parking Lights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Indicators
  • LED Cornering Lights
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • BMW Selective Beam

The Active Kidney Grille in the BMW 7 Series

Aerodynamic engineering has been an essential part of the BMW design concept. It is a fundamental makeup of the BMW EfficientDynamics. The design of such aerodynamic elements drastically improves the drag coefficient and reduces air resistance by 10% compared to the previous generation.

The BMW Active Kidney Grille in the sixth generation of 7 Series still maintains their signature BMW look. However, behind this illustrious grille, are the aerodynamically functional air vents that automatically open and close to optimize airflow.

Depending on temperature factors of the vehicle and the speed of travel, BMW Active Kidney Grille air vents control the amount of cool air allowed to enter the engine compartment. For example, the grille’s air vents are shut during vehicle startup to assist warm-up. In turn, vents are open during high-performance periods so that ideal aerodynamic efficiency and cooling can be achieved.

The Redesigned Air Breather and Air Curtain in the BMW 7 Series

In the BMW 7 Series, the Air Breather on the side fender and the Air Curtain in the front apron are redesigned aerodynamic features for air flow channeling and cooling of the wheel arches. The arrangement reduces turbulence and drag around the wheels, allowing more fuel saving, less emission, and better performance.

The Performance Aero Wheels in the BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series Aero Wheels

The aerodynamic wheels and rims in the 7 Series optimize BMW’s performance, fuel conservation, stability, and safety. The specially developed BMW Aero Wheels reduce air turbulence with its turbine design to effectively channel air along the sides of the vehicle. It lowers wind resistance, reduces emission, and increases performance.

More Wheel and Tire Options for the BMW 7 Series

Free Wheel Options

  • 18″ Light Alloy V-Spoke Wheels with All-season Run-flat Tires ($0)
  • 19″ M Light Alloy Double-Spoke Bi-Color Wheels with All-season Run-flat Tires ($0)
  • 19″ Light Alloy Double-Spoke Wheels with All-Season Run-flat Tires ($0)
  • 20″ M Light Alloy Double-Spoke Bi-Color Wheels with Performance Run-flat Tires ($0)

Fee-Based Wheel Upgrade Options

  • 20″ BMW Individual Light Alloy V-Spoke Wheels with Performance Run-flat Tires ($1,300)
  • 20″ Light Alloy Star-Spoke Wheels, forged and polished with Performance RFT ($1,300)
  • 20″ Light Alloy Bi-Color V-Spoke Wheels with Performance Run-flat Tires ($1,300)

Exterior Highlights in the BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series Exterior

The exterior design of the sixth generation BMW 7 Series is focused on dynamic proportions, elegance, and elements of the contemporary-classic outlines. From the flow of the chrome-plated window lining to the glossy chrome trim, this car boasts elegance. LED Headlights and the new “L” shaped tail-light further accentuate the distinctive BMW luxury sedan look and feel.

In the versatility department, the BMW 7 Series possesses the spacious trunk capacity with hands-free Automatic Soft Close which is thoughtfully convenient for the daily use. For the outdoor enthusiasts, roof racks and bicycle holder are useful equipment for a sporty lifestyle.

Interior Highlights in the BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series Interior Luxury

The cabin space of the BMW 7 Series is an exquisitely pure luxury. Every detail caters to comfort, well-being, and convenience. From the performance-enhanced M Sport exterior and interior packages to the lavish Pure Excellence package, this car accommodates to the most relaxing ride.

In the 7 Series driver’s seat, enjoy the three-stage heated, 20-way power multi-contour front memory seats fully upholstered in Nappa Leather. It comes with an upper backrest, four-way lumbar support, and adjustable side and thigh support.

The 10.25-inch LCD full-color touch screen center display with the latest GPS is powered by Gesture Control. It allows you to input command with a wave of a finger, literally.

Active Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, and the 3D Surround View with Night Vision provide unparalleled convenience and safety in the 7 Series.

Enhanced USB and Bluetooth with BMW TeleService and wireless cellphone charging provide easy, on-the-go communication convenience.

In the back seat, it is all about enjoying the ride like the boss that you are. The Executive Lounge with Touch Command offers electrically adjustable massage chairs, Active Seat Ventilation, four-zone control, and headed armrest. A 7-inch Touch Command Tablet provides various comfort functions and it serves as an entertainment device for music and internet browsing.

In addition to the six dimmable Interior Ambient Light settings in the 7 Series, Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof projects ethereal starry sky in six different color sets to relax and unwind.

If you love fancy, have yourself some customized fragrance from the four exclusively designed themes of the BMW Ambient Air Package while enjoying the exceptional sound from the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.

Have a little wine-and-dine on the airplane style pullout table from backseat center console, then extend the footrest and horizontal recline the backseat for a nap.  Who cares about the destination when you can turn any road trip into a personal retreat?

Want to learn more? Refer to our guide to the top 6 amazingly useful technologies in the BMW 7 Series.

The BMW 7 Series is an Idea of “Technological Poetry”

Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles described the engineering and design of the 7 Series as an

“idea of ‘Technological Poetry’ – the feeling of a perfect interaction between progressive technology and its translation into design.”

Can this ultra-extravagance satisfy your lifestyle needs? Take an in-depth tour of the new BMW 7 Series and examine its design and function in better detail.

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