RE: Updated 7 Series gets new 530hp V8

RE: Updated 7 Series gets new 530hp V8

Wednesday 16th January

Updated 7 Series gets new 530hp V8

A more potent eight-cylinder joins the line-up, with the M760Li V12 down on power thanks to WLTP



BMW has revealed its updated 7 Series before sales kick off this April, when the car gains a significantly larger front grille to more closely align it with BMW's other flagship, the X7. The alteration - which is likely to split opinion because, well, see for yourself - comes with a swathe of changes beneath the skin, including a more potent eight-cylinder engine and a higher efficiency plug-in hybrid powertrain.

At the top of the range the M760Li hasn't escaped modification, with the 6.6-litre V12 model receiving a new particulate filter, as per WLTP's requirements, resulting in a reduction of peak output to 585hp - a decrease of 25hp. The two-ton car's 0-62mph time is now four tenths slower at 4.1 seconds, but its CO2 output does, however, drop by 9g/km to 285g, while fuel economy also grows, albeit by a minuscule amount, to 22.6mpg.


These improvements are somewhat overshadowed by the introduction of a new version of BMW's blown 4.4-litre V8 engine, which is used in the 750i to produce 530hp - 80hp more than before. That, you may have noted, is only 55hp short of the twelve, and the eight is much cleaner in the non long-wheelbase 7, as it puffs out 217g/km and enables a claimed 29.4mpg. You might think it would tread on the toes of the V12, but BMW doesn't offer this engine in the LWB 7, so its status is safe.

The plug-in hybrid 7, on the other hand, is available in both normal and LWB forms. It's a crucial model for BMW in an ever more stringent automotive world, and the 2019 changes applied should improve the model's desirability in cities where zero-emission running is mandatory. The 745 models are now claimed to be capable of up to 134.5mpg and produce as little as 48g/km of CO2. Most significantly, they can eke out up to 36 miles on battery power alone before the petrol inline six-cylinder kicks in.


If you've watched demand for diesel cars continue tumble in recent months, you might expect BMW to drop its diesel 7 variants. But sales for DERVs at this end of the market have been more resilient. As such, the 7 will retain three oil burners that span 3.0 and 4.0-litre displacements and each have six cylinders. These variants, the 730d, 740d and 750d, produce between 265hp and 400hp.

There have been no changes to the car's chassis, which comes as standard with adaptive damping and two-axle air suspension with self-levelling. But the already generous driving assistance technology suite has now grown to include a reversing assistant, which can steer the car back up to 50 metres along exactly the line it travelled when going forwards.

Inside, BMW's latest infotainment system, Live Cockpit Professional, is standard and includes a 12.3-inch instrument cluster display with a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Drivers can, if they want, still control the system with BMW's highly effective rotary controller or voice operation - which can be activated with "hey BMW". Oh, and the car's side windows are 5.1mm thicker, for added insulation. Joy.







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Jimbo.

Original Poster:

3,447 posts

128 months

Wednesday 16th January
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fking hell, that front end is awful!

Charlie Michael

2,730 posts

123 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Did they 150% the front grill during design and forget to put it back?

McFarnsworth

250 posts

88 months

Wednesday 16th January
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I genuinely thought the front kidneys was one of those quick photoshop jobs.

Who on earth designs and approves these things, and believes this looks even remotely alright?

PLuKE

233 posts

129 months

Wednesday 16th January
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I wouldn’t normally comment, and the new style grill/headlights IMO look pretty good to me, like most things, your eyes need time to adjust.

BUT, this 7 grill, looks like some crap American “luxury” model, cheap, creaking plastic grill!

KTF

7,996 posts

89 months

Wednesday 16th January
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The front grill is ridiculous. It looks like a pig.
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Housey

2,009 posts

166 months

Wednesday 16th January
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As said, that front end is hideous.

Peanus

122 posts

44 months

Wednesday 16th January
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BMW present to us another cautionary tale of the dangers of addiction to rhinoplasties.

David87

5,128 posts

151 months

Wednesday 16th January
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I really wanted to buy one of these, but find the grille a bit too small for my tastes.

Rod200SX

6,920 posts

115 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Reminds me of the big boi GT memes that were doing the rounds last year. What a size of grille.


Nors

1,218 posts

94 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Bloody hell, someone just turned Bugs Bunny into a car!

justplain

9 posts

38 months

Wednesday 16th January
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My eyes!!! WHAT were they thinking....oh wait, they weren't.
Geez...being a BMW owner I feel offended by that grill

bennettse2025

184 posts

12 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Christ alive, look at that frond end! (And I say that as a fan of the controversial Lexus predator style grilles!)

Must say, the 7 series hasn't looked good since the e38 days. Everything else has looked horrendous since imo

Numeric

465 posts

90 months

Wednesday 16th January
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For me the biggest sadness in recent offerings hasn't been the outside but the move away from the iconic instrument cluster presentation that seemed to embody classical brilliance in information dissemination - and had barely changed from the 1st BMW I drove in the 1980's.

I have a terrible fear that BMW is suddenly getting a bit lost and is moving into gimmicky territory even for it's crown jewel cars - time to give Wolfgang Reitzle a call?

Snubs

763 posts

78 months

Wednesday 16th January
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I was having a look at the new 8 series the other day and thought the grille was a bit OTT:



But this....

Is there a picture of Bugs Bunny on the wall in the BMW design studio?

dotgillingham

31 posts

34 months

Wednesday 16th January
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What has happened to BMW's design language?

MrHappy

106 posts

21 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Gott im himmel, das ist schwein hasslich!!!

Guffy

2,187 posts

204 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Damn that's pig ugly .

I wonder how many adjectives the designers used to convince themselves it looks great.

BuzzBravado

2,626 posts

110 months

Wednesday 16th January
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dotgillingham said:
What has happened to BMW's design language?
It has shifted to suit asian tastes. No point designing a car for the minority market (us).

jamoor

9,690 posts

154 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Lexus has this stuff beaten easily.

daveco

3,674 posts

146 months

Wednesday 16th January
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jamoor said:
Lexus has this stuff beaten easily.
Lexus (Lexi?) are an overstyled mess too.


Mazda are the only ones designing good looking saloon cars imo.