The car will debut in November and will have a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel – and BMW says they use less fuel and produce lower emissions than the models they replace. The 730d comes with an all-new aluminium 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine, producing 245bhp at 4,000rpm, and with a combined mpg of 39.2 it is the most economical 7 ever. It can also accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.2 seconds and has a 153mph top speed.
The 740i and 740Li have a 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine featuring high-precision direct injection and Double-VANOS variable valve technology. The car accelerates from zero to 62mph in 5.9 seconds (6.0 seconds for the 740Li) before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. The 3.0-litre BMW 740i and 740Li post combined fuel consumption figures of 28.5mpg and 28.2mpg respectively, while returning emissions figures of 232g/km and 235g/km.
All 7 Series is the world’s first car available with a Side View camera system. At the touch of a button the front side view camera can show an overview of traffic conditions on the iDrive display, allowing the driver to see out of a partially obscured junction.
The BMW 7 Series goes on sale in the UK on 15 November, 2008. Prices will be announced in due course.