2016 BMW 7 Series has been finally unveiled! The wait is over and we are really pleased from what we see. The sixth generation of BMW's flagship model stands out from the crowd strongly with its luxurious, athletic and purposeful stance. The new model year 7 Series features lightweight design infused with carbon fiber that will make it even more capable and 130 kg lighter than the previous generation. The car also gets enhance driving dynamics, offers more comfort for the passengers, and features intelligent connectivity and intuitive operation.
Throughout the United States the 2016 BMW 7 Series will distributed in a 740i and a 750i xDrive variant that are getting new generation of power units. The BMW 740e is powered by plug-in hybrid system and will appear at first only in Europe.
Other cool features are the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control and BMW Laserlight. The cabin gets a lot of equipment in order to enhance the comfortable experience of the driver and occupants. There are features like the Executive Lounge which offers a massage function. Combined with the Vitality Programme, the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, the Welcome Light Carpet and the Ambient highlight, it will make an unforgettable ride.
2016 BMW 7 Series Exterior
Harmonious in proportions, the new generation 7 Series showcases flowing surface design and precise lines. This results in confident on road stance and dynamic and exclusive elegant look. The luxury sedan will be offered in standard and long wheelbase, and also with the M Sport package, Pure Excellence package and a BMW Individual Design Composition from launch.
BMW 7 Series is the brand's first car to feature an Active Kidney Grille. The latter includes visible air flap control, which is only open when there is an increased cooling air requirement. It also gives the front-end more eye-catching appearance because of the visibly increased number of bars in the large BMW kidney grille.
The front is also characterized by standard horizontal LED fog lamps and the full LED lights. They underline the car's broad stance. At the back, the tail lights also feature LED technology. The two L-shaped light units are connected by a chrome bar extending the full width of the trunk lid. The apron in the rear includes exhaust tailpipes framed by chrome surrounds.
At the sides, we see 18-inch or 19-inch multi-spoke wheels, while the optional ones come straight from the Original BMW Accessories and include light-alloy wheels in 18-inch to 21-inch sizes. Two non-metallic and nine metallic colors are available as exterior paint scheme, with Carbon Black Metallic and Singapore Gray Metallic exclusively available only for the M Sport package.
2016 BMW 7 Series Interior
Inside, the cabin is characterized by comfort and luxury. Almost everything here has new design, starting from the slim paddle shifters on the steering wheel and Driving Dynamics Control buttons to the instrument cluster and Control Display graphics. On the steering wheel and center console we see chrome buttons for various functions. In addition, the controls on the center console are framed by fine wood or aluminum surfaces.
The interior of the BMW 7 Series is spacious and this is highlighted via the horizontal surface structure that extends through the door trim. There are five color variants for the Dakota leather trim on the 740i variants and five Exclusive Nappa leather trims for both 740i and 750i xDrive.
New-Generation Engines for 2016 BMW 7 Series
The V8 engine and six-cylinder in-line variants in the range of drivetrains for the BMW 7 Series have been significantly updated. All units have been mated as a standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system can be specified as an option.
The redeveloped V8 engine features 4.4 liter displacement and BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. It produces 445 hp (330 kW) and and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the 750i xDrive or 750Li xDrive to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds on their way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 740i and its Li version will be equipped with the 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine. This one is capable of 326 horses (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, and can run from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds. The Vmax here is again 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 730d, 730Ld, 730d xDrive and 730Ld xDrive come with 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel unit under the hood. The engine generates 265 horsepower (195 kW) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque, and can run to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds.
At last, the plug-in hybrid variants of the 7 Series are the 740e, 740Le and 740Le xDrive. The plug-in hybrid systems comprises of a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol unit combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The electric motor produces 95 hp (70 kW) which helps the car achieving a total output of 326 hp (240 kW). The hybrid 7 Series can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). Despite these figures, the fuel consumptions stays very low - 2.1 L per 100km (134.5 mpg). In addition, the car can travel on electricity alone, thus emission-free, for up to 40 km (25 miles) and at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph).
2016 BMW 7 Series will be available in US showrooms this fall. The BMW 740i will be priced at $81,300USD, while the 750i xDrive – at $97,400USD.
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