BMW 7 Series (E65)

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BMW 7 Series E65/E66/E67/E68
BMW E66 760Li 01.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2001–2008
Model years 2001-2008
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Rayong, Thailand
Toluca, Mexico
Kaliningrad, Russia
Designer Adrian van Hooydonk (1998)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine Petrol
3.0 I6
3.6 V8
4.0 V8
4.4 V8
4.8 V8
6.0 V12
Diesel
3.0 I6
3.9 V8
Transmission Automatic
6-Speed
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,990 mm (117.7 in) (All SWB)
3,130 mm (123.2 in) (All LWB)
Length 5,029mm (198.0in) (Pre-LCI SWB)
5,169mm (203.5in) (Pre-LCI LWB)
5,039 mm (198.4 in) (LCI SWB)
5,179 mm (203.9 in) (LCI LWB)
Width 1,902 mm (74.9 in)
Height 1,492 mm (58.7 in) (Pre-LCI SWB)
1,492 mm (58.7 in) (Pre-LCI LWB)
1,491 mm (58.7 in) (LCI SWB)
1,484 mm (58.4 in) (LCI LWB)
Curb weight 1835kg (4045lbs) (2008 730i)
Chronology
Predecessor BMW 7 Series (E38)
Successor BMW 7 Series (F01)

'E65' is the chassis designation for the fourth generation 7 Series full-size luxury sedan produced by BMW. The E65 was the first BMW chassis series to use different chassis numbers for its several different variants such as the E66/E67/E68, which formed the Long-Wheelbase, BMW High Security and the BMW Hydrogen 7 models respectively.

Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2001 alongside the BMW E53 X5 4.6is, the BMW E65 7 Series replaced the BMW 7 Series (E38) after production of that model ended in July 2001. In order to produce the E65 7 Series and other future models the BMW plant at Dingolfing was retooled at a cost of approximately €500,000,000.

Upon release the new 7 Series was met with sharp criticism for its controversial looks as well as the steep learning curve presented by the new iDrive system. So unimpressed was the market with the new car that sales of remaining E38 stock increased markedly after the launch. Despite the initial quality problems and customer gripes the E65 7 Series became the best-selling generation of this full-size luxury sedan, further enhanced by a facelift in 2005.

After a 7 year production run the E65 was replaced by the BMW 7 Series (F01) in late 2008.

Initial Release[edit]

The development for the BMW E65 7 Series began in early 1996, and production specifications were frozen in January 1999. The design of the BMW E65 7 Series was patented in November 16, 2000, and development ended in mid-2001. The car was first launched in Europe on November 17, 2001 and then appeared in US and other markets in Spring of 2002. Early BMW E65 7 Series models had many problems mainly due to the functionality of the iDrive system and the associated electronics systems. Thus, BMW repurchased a substantial amount of 2002-2003 7 Series cars in the USA, and BMW of North America also extended the factory warranty on 2002-2003 BMW E65 7 Series models from the 4-Year/50,000-Mile (80,000km) coverage to the 6-Year/100,000-Mile (160,000km) factory warranty. However, UK models are still protected by their original 3-Year/Unlimted-Miles warranty.

Exterior Design[edit]

Under the direction of Chris Bangle, BMW's Design Chief at the time, the arrival of the BMW E65 7 Series heralded a new styling era for BMW. The design of the new car contrasted dramatically with the 'conservative' styling on the BMW E38 7 Series. The BMW E65 7 Series' two-level rear end styling that features separate rear fenders with a "bustle-back" boot lid was derisively known as the "Bangle Butt" by critics. In fact, van Hooydonk's original 1998 sketch for the E65 was much more radical sleek fastback, but the final E65 profile was toned down considerably to a more conventional three-box sedan. Where the previous generation E38 7 Series was described as a strikingly handsome car with no exaggerations the E65 was visually complex. Bangle was widely criticised for the radical departure from the conservatively styled E38 7 Series. He was however supported by the BMW board of directors, who wanted to move BMW's image into the future. Dan Neil of The Los Angeles Times named the new 7-series one of the '50 Worst Cars of All Time', but Bangle argued that BMW’s established design language was exhausted. Despite the initially poor public reception of the two-level rear end the design was later incorporated by Mercedes-Benz into the design of the W221 generation S-Class in 2006 and also by Hyundai in the fourth-generation Azera.

Dimensionally the E65 7 Series 45mm longer, 38mm wider and 60mm taller than the E38. The wheelbase was increased by 60mm over the outgoing model. Despite these increased dimensions the E65 7 Series is only 15kg heavier than the E38.

Interior design[edit]

Centre stack on an E65 LCI 7 Series. Phone pad, radio, AC panel and storage trays visible.

The interior of the E65 7 Series was unlike anything BMW had produced before. The instrument panel was completely redesigned to address both driver and passenger alike, a departure from the traditional driver-focussed instrument panel. BMW removed the traditional console mounted gear selector in favour of two cup holders, replacing it with a steering-column mounted stalk. The seats were an evolution of those found in the outgoing E38 model, and the adjustment controls were moved from their traditional place on the side of the seat base to the inside of the raised central console. Several reviewers complained about the unnecessarily complicated nature of the controls. Interior materials used in the E65 7 Series were of a suitably premium nature and tend to stand up to the test of time better than materials used in lower-end models, though peeling paint and textured materials are a well documented problem. BMW addressed this issue by using still higher quality paint in the LCI model.

Compared to the outgoing E38 model, the E65 7 Series has more shoulder room in the front and the rear, while headroom in the rear has been increased for greater comfort.

Technology[edit]

The E65 7 Series introduced a number of 'World Firsts' such as:

  • Valvetronic engine control (replaced throttle butterflies for added response/efficiency/power).
  • World introduction of Active Roll Stabilization (ARS) active Anti-roll bars on a sedan.
  • World’s first use of MOST Bus technology (70+ microprocessors on common busses).
  • World’s first infinitely variable intake manifold.
  • World introduction of adaptive brake lights and electromechanical parking brake.
  • World introduction of electronic adaptive headlight technology.
  • World introduction of iDrive as a fully-integrated vehicle systems controller.
  • World’s first 6-speed automatic transmission in a sedan.
Rectangular key-fob replaced the old blade key

The BMW E65 7 Series was the first BMW to feature 'Push-Button-Start'. The rectangular key-fob was inserted into a slot next to the steering wheel and the driver would push a button to start the engine. This method of starting the car would be the precursor for all future BMW models. Another first was the electromechanical parking brake. Not only could this system apply the parking brake in stop-and-go traffic situations to reduce tedium, but it could also automatically apply the parking brake after the ignition was switched off. The Active Roll Stabilization, or 'Dynamic Drive', was a revolutionary system that almost completely eliminated body roll when cornering. This resulted in increased comfort for rear passengers, and when coupled with electronic damping control raised comfort levels to new heights. The optional Automatic Soft Close system minimized the force required to close the doors, and would completely close them if improperly closed. This system also extended to the trunk lid, but unlike the door system was standard on all models.

iDrive[edit]

The BMW E65 7 Series introduced the iDrive control concept. The system was built on hardware similar to the MKIV system used by BMW in the late 90's but featured a brand new interface and central control knob. Many of the functions such as climate, navigation, seat heating, telephony and car settings were incorporated into a single system allowing centralised control of those functions. iDrive was nicknamed "I Don't Know Drive" because of the steep learning curve and complicated menu structures, with some sources claiming that it would take several hours to become familiar with the system. Complaints ranged from the number of steps required to complete simple tasks such as selecting a radio frequency to getting "lost" in the deep menu system. iDrive saw several updates during the production run to address complaints raised by owners. The first generation of the system relied on CD media for map data. In 2003 BMW updated the hardware to read DVD media, added a substantially faster processor and the ability to display maps in birds-eye view. Also added in 2003 were a 'Menu' and 'Customisable' button below the control knob. This was done to address the complaints of 'getting lost' in the menus. The last major update to the system came with the LCI model in 2005 which added buttons to the radio (ASK unit) that enabled skipping tracks or radio stations as well as a mode button to change operating modes. A larger, brighter display was added and faster, more advanced navigation hardware was introduced. The system also gained the capability to control a MP3 capable CD Changer. The interface was streamlined to resemble the iDrive CCC system. Although it may appear similar in function to the CCC iDrive (introduced in the BMW E60 5 Series and BMW E63/64 6 Series), the iDrive system in the E65/66 is unique to only that model. Compared to the most current generation of iDrive (CIC NBT) the system in the E65/66 seems outdated and cumbersome to use. Flaws aside the system started a trend and today most car manufacturers offer in-car systems built around a central control knob, an idea first brought to consumers by BMW in the E65/66.

Equipment[edit]

Depending on the country of sale the E65 7 Series came with a generous amount of Standard Equipment. All markets had iDrive as standard, although Navigation was optional in certain markets. Climate control was standard, although dual zone climate control was offered as an option. Seating options ranged between basic, sport and comfort seats. The basic seats include 14-way electric adjustment (12-way for passenger) and 4-way lumbar adjustment. Comfort seats include 20-way electric adjustment, 4-way lumbar adjustment, two piece articulated back-rests, adjustable neck support, electric headrests and memory options available on both driver and passenger sides. The different seat variations together with options for heating, cooling and massaging made for a bewildering number of configurable options.

Other optional equipment included TV reception (digital TV in facelift models), Dynamic Xenon headlamps, Vertical side and rear electric sun blinds, Front and rear heated or ventilated seats, Comfort electric rear seats with memory (featuring 18-way adjustment as apposed to 20-way at the front), Rear telephone, Refrigerated cool box, Separate rear air conditioning, Rear seat entertainment with separate LCD and iDrive controller, this gave rear passengers the control of the following entertainment features: 6 disc DVD multi-changer, 6 disc CD multi-changer (or iPod in facelift models), TV, DAB Tuner, Bluetooth Telephony and Satellite Navigation. Other options included, Electric front and rear soft-close doors, Automatic tailgate, Keyless access and go (Comfort Access), Adaptive damper control (EDC), Dynamic anti-roll bars (ARS), Glass sunroof, Premium LOGIC 7 sound system, Night vision, and Active cruise control (ACC).

Some European models in colder climates had the option of a Webasto parking heater, this would allow the vehicle to be warmed up and pre-heated by means of the remote control before the vehicle is started, this has the advantage of de-icing the vehicle and making the interior comfortable in cold weather. Likewise in hotter climates it is possible to remotely start the engine for the purpose of activating the air conditioning to cool the interior of the vehicle before the vehicle is entered.

Production Data[edit]

The following is the amount of BMW E65 7 Series models sold in its lifetime. Available Engines in bold include short and long-wheelbase models.

Year Available Engines Production Figures Notes
2001 735i, 745i 2,979
2002 730i, 735i, 745i, 760i, 730d, 740d 53,904 50,961 E65 7 Series and 2,543 E38 7 Series.
2003 730i, 735i, 745i, 760i, 730d, 740d 57,899 The 760Li was introduced in 2003.
2004 730i, 735i, 740i, 745i, 750i, 760i, 740d, 745d 47,689
2005 730i, 740i, 750i, 760i, 730d, 745d 50,062 2005 was the year the facelift came out for the BMW E65 7 Series.
2006 730i, 740i, 750i, 760i, 730d, 745d 50,227 No more model changes were made after 2005.
2007 730i, 740i, 750i, 760i, 730d, 745d 44,421
2008 730i, 740i, 750i, 760i, 730d, 745d 38,835 2008 was the last year of production for the BMW E65 7 Series.
Total 9 Different Engines 343,073 A total of 343,073 BMW E65's were produced.

Engines and Transmissions[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

E65 LCI Steering wheel showing steering wheel controls, gear selection lever, gearbox mode button, gear shift button and auto wiper toggle.

All BMW E65 7 Series models were equipped with the ZF developed 6HP26 6-speed automatic transmission with steptronic mode. Gear selection was made by a stalk on the steering column, and three driving modes were offered: Drive, Sport, Manual. Driving mode selection and gear changes could be made using buttons mounted on the steering wheel. The steering column mounted gear selector was yet another feature later incorporated by Mercedes-Benz into the design of the W221 generation S-Class

Gear ratios

1 2 3 4 5 6 R final drive
4.17:1 2.34:1 1.52:1 1.14:1 0.87:1 0.69:1 3.40:1 2.81:1 (BMW 335d) / 3.65:1 (BMW X5 xDrive35d) / 3.46:1 (BMW non-diesel cars)

Engine Lineup Pre-LCI[edit]

Model Weight Engine CC Alignment Power Torque Top Speed Redline 0-60 Model Years
730i 1715kg / 3781lbs M54B30 2979cc I6 170kW / 231PS / 228hp@5900rpm 300Nm / 221ft-lb@3500rpm 150mph 6500rpm 8.0s 2002-2008
730Li 2440kg / 5379lbs M54B30 2979cc I6 170kW / 231PS / 228hp@5900rpm 300Nm / 221ft-lb@3500rpm 150mph 6500rpm 8.2s 2002-2008
735i 1860kg / 4101lbs N62B36 3600cc V8 200kW / 272PS / 268hp@6200rpm 360Nm / 265ft-lb@3700rpm 155mph 6500rpm 8.8s 2001-2004
735Li 1900kg / 4189lbs N62B36 3600cc V8 200kW / 272PS / 268hp@6200rpm 360Nm / 265ft-lb@3700rpm 155mph 6500rpm 7.2s 2002-2004
745i 1860kg / 4101lbs N62B44 4398cc V8 245kW / 333PS / 329hp@6100rpm 450Nm / 332ft-lb@3600rpm 155mph 6500rpm 6.0s 2001-2004
745Li 1910kg / 4211lbs N62B44 4398cc V8 245kW / 333PS / 329hp@6100rpm 450Nm / 332ft-lb@3600rpm 155mph 6500rpm 6.0s 2002-2004
760i 2015kg / 4442lbs N73B60 5972cc V12 327kW / 445PS / 439hp@6000rpm 600Nm / 442ft-lb@3950rpm 155mph 5.3s 2002-2008
760Li 2670kg / 5886lbs N73B60 5972cc V12 327kW / 445PS / 439hp@6000rpm 600Nm / 442ft-lb@3950rpm 155mph 5.4s 2003-2008
730d* 1900kg / 4189lbs M57D30TU 2993cc I6 160kW / 218PS / 215 hp@4000rpm 500Nm / 369ft-lb@2000rpm 146mph 7.7s 2002-2008
740d** 2015kg / 4442lbs M67D40TU 3901cc V8 190kW / 258PS / 255hp@4000rpm 600Nm / 442ft-lb@1900-2500rpm 155mph 4700rpm 7.1s 2002-2004
745d** 2040kg / 4497lbs M67D44 4423cc V8 220kW / 299PS / 295hp@4000rpm 700Nm / 516ft-lb@1750-2500rpm 155mph 4700rpm 6.5s 2004-2008

Engine Lineup LCI[edit]

Model Weight Engine CC Alignment Power Torque Top Speed Redline 0-60 Model Years
730i 1805kg / 3979lbs N52B30 2996cc I6 190kW / 258PS / 255hp@6600rpm 300Nm / 221ft-lb@2500-4000rpm 147mph 6500rpm 7.5s 2002-2008
730Li 1835kg / 4045lbs N52B30 2996cc I6 190kW / 258PS / 255hp@6600rpm 300Nm / 221ft-lb@2500-4000rpm 147mph 6500rpm 7.6s 2002-2008
740i 1895kg / 4178lbs N62B40 4000cc V8 225kW / 306PS / 302hp@6300rpm 390Nm / 288ft-lb@3500rpm 155mph 6500rpm 6.5s 2004-2008
740Li 1935kg / 4266lbs N62B40 4000cc V8 225kW / 306PS / 302hp@6300rpm 390Nm / 288ft-lb@3500rpm 155mph 6500rpm 6.6s 2004-2008
750i 1910kg / 4211lbs N62B48 4799cc V8 270kW / 367PS / 362hp@6300rpm 490Nm / 361ft-lb@3400rpm 155mph 6500rpm 5.7s 2004-2008
750Li 1950kg / 4299lbs N62B48 4799cc V8 270kW / 367PS / 362hp@6300rpm 490Nm / 361ft-lb@3400rpm 155mph 6500rpm 5.8s 2004-2008
760i 2105kg / 4641lbs N73B60 5972cc V12 327kW / 445PS / 439hp@6000rpm 600Nm / 442ft-lb@3950rpm 155mph 5.3s 2002-2008
760Li 2180kg / 4806lbs N73B60 5972cc V12 327kW / 445PS / 439hp@6000rpm 600Nm / 442ft-lb@3950rpm 155mph 5.4s 2003-2008
730d* 1900kg / 4189lbs M57D30TU2 2993cc I6 170kW / 231PS / 228hp@4000rpm 520Nm / 383ft-lb@2000-2750rpm 146mph 7.5s 2002-2008
730Ld* 1940kg / 4277lbs M57D30TU2 2993cc I6 170kW / 231PS / 228hp@4000rpm 520Nm / 383ft-lb@2000-2750rpm 146mph 7.6s 2005-2008
745d** 2040kg / 4497lbs M67D44 4423cc V8 242kW / 329PS / 325hp@4000rpm 750Nm / 553ft-lb@1900-2500rpm 155mph 4700rpm 6.5s 2004-2008

Table Help: All cars with a top speed of 155mph are electronically limited. All engines are Naturally Aspirated unless specified with an asterisk '*'. If a model has a '*' it means it has a single turbocharger. If a model has a '**' it means it has two turbochargers.

Models[edit]

Alpina B7[edit]

The rearview of a facelift Alpina B7.

There was no M version of the BMW E65 7 Series, but Alpina was permitted to build the Alpina B7. The Alpina B7 was based off the 745i (with a long-wheelbase model of the Alpina B7 available a few years after), and is built in the same plant alongside the normal BMW E65 7 Series. The Alpina B7 prototype was introduced to the public in the 2003 Geneva Motor Show in March, and in February 2006 at the Canadian Auto Show, BMW announced the launch of the B7 in North America. The Alpina B7 uses a supercharged version of the 4.4-litre V8 found in the 745i/Li, and was the first Alpina model to feature a supercharged engine. Aside from the BMW Alpina Z8, the Alpina B7 was the only car offered in the USA and in North America at the time. Exterior changes for the B7 include fitted front and rear spoiler lips (which allows the car to be more stable at speed while maintain a low CW-Value), different rims and Alpina badges. Interior changes include Sport Seats, an Instrument Cluster with a Blue Background and Red Needles, a luxury wood called 'Myrtle', a hand-stitched leather steering wheel, Alpina floor mats, Alpina door sills and a silver plated production plaque. Alpina claimed the B7 had a top speed of 186mph (300km/h), but higher top speeds including 193mph (311km/h) and 201mph (325km/h) have been reached before.

The frontview of a facelift Alpina B7.

BMW of North America unofficially stated 1000 units would be manufactured but only 800 were produced before production stopped (from November 2006 - January 2008). These cars were built completely at the BMW plant meaning that there was no custom Alpina interior available, so BMW offered BMW Nasca leather as standard. Individual exterior colours were not offered (except for a few cars in the Canadian market). These cars have a BMW chassis numbers and no Alpina chassis number.

The Alpina B7 was widely credited with being able to hold its own against top performing offerings from Mercedes (and the S600 and S63 AMG), Audi (and their A8 W12 Quattro and S8 5.2 FSI Quattro), Bentley (with their Continental Flying Spur) and Jaguar's X350 XJ Super V8.

Long-Wheelbase 7 Series (E66)[edit]

This is the Pre-Facelift 760Li.

Long-Wheelbase versions of the BMW E65 7 Series were introduced in the end of 2002. Long-Wheelbase models only featured a longer body which meant extra legroom in the rear seats. The height, width and bootspace of the car is the same. In 2002, early Long-Wheelbase models included the 730Li, 735Li, 745Li, and the 760Li and 740Li was later introduced in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Long-Wheelbase models were 40mm (5.5in) longer compared to the normal E65 7 Series models.

BMW High Security 7 Series (E67)[edit]

The BMW High Security 7 Series is designed to offer safe protection for the passenger no matter where they are in the car. The BMW E65 7 Series meets the requirements of the B6/B7 weapons standard, and High Security models are able to withstand explosions or bullets. Underbody protection prevents grenade fragments from entering the passenger cell, and has been tested with hand grenades detonated below the driver and rear seats. Fibre-Reinforced material and special steel elements are used against armour piercing munitions, and the material prevents fragment and secondary projectiles from entering the passenger compartment and also keeps the angle of dispersion as small as possible. The BMW High Security 7 Series also features a multi-layer laminated triple glazing with an internal polycarbonate layer to protect passengers from glass fragments. Other exclusive features for the BMW High Security 7 Series also includes an 'Emergency Exit via the Front Windscreen', an Intercom system with an additional 'Attack Alarm' function, a Remote Starting System, a Fire-Extinguishing system with temperature sensors, an Emergency Fresh Air System, partially lowered windows and an Automatic Central Locking when Moving off.

Owners and chauffeurs of the BMW High Security 7 Series are offered exclusive special training programmes to practice the requirements of car control in case of a critical driving condition. BMW also offers a special 'buy back' service of Security Cars which are up to seven years old to prevent High Security models from going to the wrong people. The models are thoroughly inspected in BMW's Dingolfing plant, and then sold or go into BMW's 'car pool'. Cars from the 'Security Car Pool' are then made available for potential customers throughout the world at short notice.

BMW Hydrogen 7 (E68)[edit]

The BMW Hydrogen 7 which is available only as a facelift model.
Main article: BMW_Hydrogen_7

Development for the BMW Hydrogen 7 model began in 2002, and started to be tested in the end of 2005. The BMW Hydrogen 7 was then introduced to the public in November 2006. The BMW Hydrogen 7 can go from 0-60 in 9.5s and has a top speed of 143mph. The BMW Hydrogen 7 can switch from using Hydrogen power to Gasoline power via the press of a button. Only 100 BMW Hydrogen 7 models were made, and were sold solely to celebrities in order to spread awareness so that more car manufacturer's would start manufacturing Hydrogen-powered cars.

730i/730Li[edit]

The 730i and 730Li was introduced together in 2002. All pre-facelift models feature the M54B30 engine that produces 228 horsepower and 300Nm (221ft-lb)@3500rpm. In 2005 due to the standard facelift, all 730i/Li models featured a different engine by the name N52B30 - This engine is the same engine that is used in various models of the BMW E60 5 Series and is also used in the BMW E63/E64 630i. All 730i/Li models feature a 3.0-litre straight-six engine regardless of the engine change. The newer engine meant that the 730i/Li got +20kW / +2727PS / +27hp.

All 730i/Li models fitted with the N52B30 engine (models from 2005-November 2008), suffer from a Hydraulic Adjuster Problem. This meant that an occasional ticking or rattling noise could be heard from the car during cold engine starts or frequent short distance driving. The problem was well known with 3-litre BMW's with over 50,000 miles and will usually remedy itself with long distance driving or if the engine is at full operating temperature. The issue does not damage the engine, but was fixed in models produced after November 2008.

735i/735Li[edit]

Along with the 745i/Li, the 735i/Li was one of the first models available since the launch of the BMW E65 7 Series, but production of all 735i/Li models was ceased in 2005. The 735i/Li used the same V8 engine for its entire model life called the N62B36 which featured a 3.6-litre displacement.

740i/740Li[edit]

The 740i/Li was introduced in 2005 as a short and long-wheelbase model, replacing the 735i/Li with a more powerful engine codenamed the N62B40. This meant that the 740i/Li had +25kW / 34PS / 34hp and 30Nm (23ft-lb), but still retained the V8. The 740i/Li name was carried on to the BMW F01 7 Series, but used a 3.0-litre straight-six instead of a V8.

745i/745Li[edit]

Along with the 735i/Li, the 745i/Li was one of the first available engines since the release of the car in 2001. Like the 735i/Li, the 745i/Li ceased production in 2005, and was replaced by the more powerful 750i/Li. This meant that the 745i/Li did not feature a facelift. The 745i/Li featured the N62B44 V8 engine, producing 329hp and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque.

750i/750Li[edit]

The 750i/Li replaced the 745i/Li as a result of the standard facelift in 2005, and was introduced as a short and long-wheelbase model (like the 740i/Li). Like the 745i/Li, the 750i/Li has a 4.8-litre V8 engine with a power bump meaning +25kW / 34PS / 33hp and 40Nm (29ft-lb) more torque. The 750i/Li's name and engine was also carried on to the new BMW F01 7 Series. The Alpina B7 was also based off of the 750i and not the 760i.

760i/760Li[edit]

The 760i/Li was BMW's most expensive car at the time (and still is for the BMW F01 7 Series). Since BMW did not want a M version of the 7 Series, the 760i/Li took the spot of being the BMW E65 7 Series high performance car. In Mainland China, the BMW 760i/Li was the most sold car in its class in China. In 2003, 1,000 760Li models (alone) were sold in China - This was higher than anywhere else in the world. Unlike the rest of the BMW E65 7 Series range, the 760i/Li did not get a power increase from the 2005 facelift, and retained the same power and torque figures as well as the same engine.

730d/730Ld[edit]

The 730Ld was BMW's first 7 Series with a diesel engine and a long-wheelbase model. The pre-facelift 730d/Ld features a straight-six 3.0-litre engine called the M57D30TU producing 215hp and 500Nm (369ft-lb)@2000rpm. The facelift 730d/Ld model features a straight-six 3.0-litre engine callled the M57D30TU2 producing 13hp and 20Nm (14ft-lb) more. The 730d/Ld model was carried on to the BMW F01 7 Series. All 730d/Ld models feature a single turbocharger.

740d[edit]

The 740d was introduced in 2002 as a short-wheelbase model only, and ceased production in 2005. The 740d featured two turbochargers and a 3.9-litre V8 engine called the M67TUD40, the M67 engine was also shared with the BMW E38 740d.

745d/Ld[edit]

The 745d/Ld was introduced in the 2004 model year and continued production all the way up to 2008 as a short and long-wheelbase model. Like the 740d, the 745d/Ld features two turbochargers and a 4.4-litre V8 engine with the name M67D44. The 2004-2005 has less power than the 2006-2008 745d/Ld.

2005 Facelift (Life-Cycle-Impulse)[edit]

BMW started work on a facelift for the E65 7 Series in 2003, and it was introduced on all BMW E65 7 Series models in 2005. Going on sale in March of that year, the facelift included several new engines, new exterior styling and interior upholstery colours as well as some new optional extras. The majority of changes to the car were technical in nature. Exterior styling changes were "evolutionary rather than revolutionary" and included restyled front and rear bumpers and a slightly larger and more curved grill which was in line with the new BMW design language. The headlights were also completely restyled, while the rear lights featured changes to the trunk lid mounted section which was redesigned to create the appearance of a single light unit as (opposed to the outgoing two part light design). Overall the restyled front end served to give the car a more sporty appearance. In the rear, the trunk lid styling was subtly enhanced with the trunk release button being moved out of sight and a thinner, more elegant looking chrome strip flowing into the re-designed lights. Interior changes included improved material and paint quality as well as a restyled steering wheel. The climate control panel was revised slightly. Overall the changes to the interior were minor and served mostly to address quality concerns.

In fall 2005, BMW introduced BMW Night Vision on the 7-series. This system processes far infrared radiation, which minimizes non-essential information placing a greater emphasis on pedestrians and animals, allows for a range of 300 meters or nearly 1,000 feet, and avoids "dazzle" from headlights, road lights and similar intense light sources.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMW Night Vision Available in the 5 and 6 Series as of March". Worldcarfans.com. 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 

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