BMW 7 Series (G11)
|BMW 7 Series (G11/G12)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size luxury car (F)|
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive / all-wheel-drive (xDrive)|
|Platform||Cluster Architecture (CLAR)|
3.0 L turbo-diesel B57 I6
|Transmission||8-speed ZF Steptronic automatic|
|Wheelbase||3,070 mm (121 in) (G11)|
3,210 mm (126 in) (G12)
|Length||5,098 mm (201 in) (G11)|
5,238 mm (206 in) (G12)
|Width||1,902 mm (75 in) (G11)|
1,902 mm (75 in) (G12)
|Height||1,467 mm (58 in) (G11)|
1,479 mm (58 in) (G12)
|Kerb weight||G11: 1,755–2,015 kg (3,869–4,442 lb)|
G12: 1,795–2,255 kg (3,957.3–4,971.4 lb)
|Predecessor||BMW 7 Series (F01)|
The BMW 7 Series (G11) is a full-size luxury car manufactured by German automotive manufacturer BMW. Succeeding the BMW F01, it is the sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series. The G11 was unveiled on June 10, 2015 at BMW's headquarters in Munich. An official public reveal took place at the 2015 International Motor Show Germany.
G11 is the codename for the short-wheelbase model, the extended wheelbase model is codenamed G12 and designated with an additional L letter (excepted in the US, where only the extended wheelbase model is available). This generation of the 7 Series is the first car lineup of BMW to be based on the CLAR platform. The CLAR platform adopts technology first introduced in BMW i models, namely the introduction of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer as structural chassis components.
As part of BMW's strategy of introducing plug-in hybrid variants for all future car models, both, the short and long-wheelbase models were available with hybrid powertrains under the designations 740e and 740Le in 2016.
The international launch of the new BMW 7 Series was at the 2015 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Held in September 2015.
The G11 and G12, which are the respective codenames for the short and extended wheelbase models, are the first passenger BMW vehicles to be based on the modular BMW CLAR (cluster architecture) platform.
The passenger cell of the 7 Series is made of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP), tensile steel and aluminium, resulting in a lower kerb weight, lower centre of gravity and maintaining a 50/50 axle load distribution. The usage of CFRP allows for weight reduction due to being lighter than steel and aluminium. CFRP also increases structural strength in areas exposed to high steering forces, as it is capable of diverting impact forces to prevent deformations of the material, resulting in higher torsional rigidity. Aluminium has been applied to the doors, boot lid, brake system, wheel hubs and rear suspension arms, further reducing weight and unsprung masses. The G11's body weighs overall 40 kg less than that of its predecessor.
The front features a large signature kidney grille incorporating grille shutters that will only open when an increase of air flow to the engine bay is required, decreasing aerodynamic drag in the process. Along with air openings behind the front wheel arches that reduce turbulence in the wheel housings, the drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.24.
The standard self-levelling air suspension of the previous model has been reworked, featuring air springs at both axles with electronically-controlled shock absorbers that can automatically adjust damping according to the environment. The active anti-roll system is optionally available with an electro-hydraulic actuator that improves damper reaction times. For the first time, four-wheel steering, marketed as Integral Active Steering, has also become available for all-wheel drive models.
The iDrive operating system for secondary car controls now receives user input from a conventional control wheel, touchscreen, voice commands and is capable of recognizing gestures through a 3D scanner. It is also possible to save a gesture movement with an individual function.
A number of advanced driver assistance systems for the BMW 7 Series have been reworked to work autonomously or partly so—the parking system utilises a number of radar sensors and a stereo camera at the rear, allowing it to execute parking maneuvres independently and can be operated with a digital key fob. The cruise control driver assist is able to recognize speed limits and will adjust the vehicle's speed accordingly. The lane driving assist warns the driver of possible side or rear collisions. In addition, it is able to detect lane markings and traffic, as well as alter the steering responsiveness to improve driving comfort.
The powertrain line-up consists of a 4.4 litre V8 engine and three engines from BMW's modular B-series engine architecture—two 3.0 litre inline-six engines in petrol and diesel form, as well a 2.0 litre inline-four engine including the hybrid model designated as 740e/740Le, or 730i/730Li for the petrol version. Initially, each model can be equipped with all-wheel drive and is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic ZF automatic transmission. The 750i/750Li, 740i/740Li and 740d/740Ld models are optionally available with the all-wheel drive option xDrive. The transmission can be optionally linked with the satellite navigation system that provides the transmission with geographical data to adjust shift timing in relation to current driving conditions.
The G11 is the first 7 Series to feature a plug-in hybrid variant, called the 740e. This new model effectively replaces the rather undersold ActiveHybrid7, which evolved from a 750i based mild hybrid to a 740i based full hybrid in 2014 post-LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) variant. The 740e is marketed as a BMW iPerformance car, not as a member of the BMW i sub-brand.
|Model||Model year||Engine type||Engine code||Power||Torque||Transmission|
|730i/730Li||2016-2019||2.0 l twin-scroll turbocharged I4||B48B20||190 kW (258 PS; 255 hp)||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)||8-speed automatic|
|740i/740Li||2016-||3.0 l twin-scroll turbocharged I6||B58B30||240 kW (326 PS; 322 hp)||450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)|
|740e/740Le||2016-2019||2.0 l twin-scroll turbocharged I4 + Electric Motor||B48B20||240 kW (326 PS; 322 hp)||500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)|
|745e/745Le||2019-||3.0 l twin-scroll turbocharged I6 + Electric Motor||B58B30||289 kW (394 PS; 388 hp)||450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)|
|750i/750Li||2016-2019||4.4 l twin-turbocharged V8||N63B44(Tü)||330 kW (449 PS; 443 hp)||650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft)|
|750i/750Li||2019-||4.4 l twin-turbocharged V8||N63B44(Tü3)||389 kW (530 PS; 522 hp)||750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft)|
|M760Li||2017-2019||6.6 l twin-turbocharged V12||N74B66||449 kW (610 PS; 602 hp)||800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft)|
|M760Li||2019||6.6 l twin-turbocharged V12||N74B66||430 kW (585 PS; 577 hp)||850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft)|
|Alpina B7||2017-2019||4.4 l twin-turbocharged V8||N63M30||447 kW (608 PS; 599 hp)||800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft)|
|Alpina B7||2019-||4.4 l twin-turbocharged V8||-||447 kW (608 PS; 599 hp)||800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft)|
|Model||Model year||Engine type||Engine code||Power||Torque||Transmission|
|725d/725Ld||2017-2019||2.0 l twin-scroll turbocharged I4||B47D20T0||170 kW (230 PS; 230 hp)||500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)||8-speed automatic|
|730d/730Ld||2016-||3.0 l twin scroll turbocharged I6||B57B30||195 kW (265 PS; 261 hp)||620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft)|
|740d/740Ld||2016-||3.0 l twin-dual stage turbocharged I6||B57B30||235 kW (320 PS; 315 hp)||680 N⋅m (502 lb⋅ft)|
|750d/750Ld||2017-||3.0 l quad-dual stage turbocharged I6||B57B30TOP||294 kW (400 PS; 394 hp)||760 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft)|
In February 2016, BMW announced the introduction of the "iPerformance" model designation, which was to be given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles from July 2016. The aim is to provide a visible indicator of the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand. The new designation will be used first on the plug-in hybrid variants of the latest BMW 7 Series, the BMW 740e iPerformance being the first of such plug-in hybrids.
The 740e iPerformance was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, together with the new BMW M760Li xDrive and the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition special-edition model. Sales of the 740e iPerformance began in Germany in July 2016. Pricing starts at €91,900 (~US$101,000).
The 740e iPerformance features the same drivetrain as the already launched BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid, and has an all-electric range is 25 mi (40 km), dropping to 23 mi (37 km) in the xDrive version, both under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Under the EPA test cycle, the all-electric range was rated at 14 mi (23 km). According to EPA, the 740 burns some petrol during the first 14 miles, so the actual all-electric range varies between 0 to 14 miles.
The 740e iPerformance mates a turbocharged 190 kW (258 PS; 255 hp) 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, resulting in a combined power output of 240 kW (326 PS; 322 hp) and 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) of torque. BMW’s Auto eDrive function allows drivers to choose how the 740e operates and features modes for pure electric driving and performance. Drivers can also select from the usual Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes too. The 740e can be charged in less than four hours from a domestic socket, or in under three hours from a wall charger. All models get an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The 740e can sprint to 62 mph in 5.6sec - the long-wheelbase version is 0.1sec slower while the xDrive variant is 0.1sec faster.
Official fuel economy figures under the NEDC test are 134.5 mpg‑imp (2.100 L/100 km; 112.0 mpg‑US), with CO2 emissions of 49g/km. The 740e will be available in both standard and long-wheelbase forms, and also as an all-wheel drive xDrive variant. In this form, the 740e returns 122.8 mpg‑imp (2.300 L/100 km; 102.3 mpg‑US) and emits 53g/km of CO2. Under the EPA test cycle, the BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance has a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 64 miles per gallon equivalent (MPG-e) (3.7 L/100 km), corresponding to an energy consumption of 52 kWh/100 mi. When running only on gasoline, the EPA-rated fuel economy is 27 mpg‑US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg‑imp).
The Alpina B7 xDrive was announced by BMW North America on 8 February 2016 with sales starting in September 2016. With an electronically limited top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph) and a 0–100 km/h acceleration time of 3.7 seconds along with a sportier setup, it is the sportiest 7 Series but is sold by BMW only in the United States and Canada. The B7 is sold in other countries by Alpina as the B7 Bi-Turbo, with a delimited top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).
The Alpina B7 features a 441 kW (600 PS; 591 hp) 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) of torque and a more luxurious interior. It was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The facelift model was unveiled on 11 February 2019. The power band of the engine is improved, with the maximum 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) of torque now being available from 2,000 rpm, and the output of 441 kW (600 PS; 591 hp) between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm. The 0–100 km/h acceleration is achieved in 3.6 seconds while the 330 km/h top speed is now unlimited worldwide. Public introduction will take place at the 2019 Geneva motor show and deliveries will begin during in July.
The M760Li is the flagship 7 Series model. It was unveiled in February 2016 and made its official public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It is powered by BMW's N74B66 engine, a 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 which generates a maximum power output of 449 kW (610 PS; 602 hp) and 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) of torque. If the optional M Driver’s Package is specified, the limited top speed is raised to 305 km/h (190 mph), versus 250 km/h (155 mph) as standard. As an M Performance model, the M760Li receives technical upgrades over the standard 7 Series, including M Performance-specific tuning of the transmission's shift programmes, 19-inch M Sport brakes, an M Sport exhaust system, performance tyres and standard fit Integral Active Steering. Initially, the M760Li was unveiled with a power output of 441 kW (600 PS; 591 hp), this number being later increased to 449 kW (610 PS; 602 hp) for the Geneva motor show the following month.
The M760Li features several visual cues to differentiate it from base 7 Series models. These include a 20-inch alloy wheel design exclusive to the M760Li. Several pieces of exterior trim are finished in "Cerium Grey", most notably the mirror caps, side "Air Breathers" and the tailpipe embellishers. There are V12 badges on the C-pillars, and a unique tailpipe design at the rear.
The M760Li can also be specified as an "Excellence" top of the range model. This receives modifications to the exterior and interior which create a luxurious appearance, compared to the sporty aesthetics of the standard M760Li.
The updated 7 Series models were unveiled on 16 January 2019 as 2020 model year cars. Notable changes of the facelift include a larger kidney grille shared with X7 (40 percent larger than the outgoing model) and sleeker headlamps with optional laser headlamps. The V8 models and the hybrid models were updated and a new hands free driving system which operates under certain conditions was added to the range.
The new front is accompanied by a more pronounced front fascia and a power dome on the hood. The rear of the car now has LED tail lamps joined by a central stripe and a new rear bumper. Other exterior changes include new optional 20-inch wheels.
Updates to the interior include a new 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. A new voice assistant is also added to the infotainment system along with the latest version of the BMW iDrive system with updated graphics and menus. The main technological feature is the Extended Traffic Jam Assistant which allows the driver to leave the steering wheel at speeds up to 56 km/h (35 mph) during urban city driving. The system manages steering, acceleration and braking of the car and cameras ensure that the driver pays attention on the road.
The turbocharged B58 inline-6 as utilised in the 740i generates a power output of 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp) and 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) of torque.
The 750i now shares the same engine enhancements as the 850i which now generates a power output of 530 PS (390 kW; 523 hp) and 723 N⋅m (533 lb⋅ft) of torque. The rear-wheel-drive option for the 750i was discontinued making the base 740i the only model to be available with optional rear-wheel-drive.
The 740e hybrid model was discontinued in favour of the updated 745e iPerformance. The 745e iPerformance uses a turbocharged inline-6 engine shared with the plug-in hybrid variant of the X5. The new engine combined with electric motors generates a power output of 394 PS (290 kW; 389 hp) and 599 N⋅m (442 lb⋅ft) of torque. A new 12 kWh battery pack is employed for the electric motors to increase the electric range.
The M760Li oversaw a decrease in engine power output to 600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp), although the engine benefitted from increased 850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft) of torque for the US model. The engine in the European model generates a power output of 585 PS (430 kW; 577 hp) and 850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft) of torque.
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Specific attention was paid to the car’s aerodynamics allowing this sedan to cleave through the air with a drag coefficient of 0.24.
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The 7 inaugurates BMW’s iDrive 5.0 infotainment system. The software can be controlled by using a touch screen, voice commands, a controller knob on the center console or BMW’s new gesture control technology.
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