BMW has used the Johannesburg International Motor Show to introduce the all-new 7 Series to South Africans.
It doesn't look too different from the outgoing model, but don't be fooled - the sheetmetal masks an all-new car.
In its fifth generation, the 7 Series will enter the market with three engine options: the diesel 730d, the 740i and the flagship 750i, powered by the same potent twin-turbo V8 that debuted recently on the X6 Sports Activity Coupe.
The grand daddy 750i is fitted with a 4 4-litre V8 with twin turbos and direct fuel injection.
This produces 300 kW from 5 500 to 6 400 r/min and massive torque of 600 Nm from a low 1 750 r/min. This makes the 750i capable of reaching 100 km/h from standstill in jaw-dropping 5.2 seconds before propelling it to a top speed limited to 250 km/h. All this returns an average fuel consumption of 11.4 l/100 km.
The 740i also makes do with twin turbos, but this time on the 3.0-litre straight six motor. Maximum output is 240 kW at 5 800 km/h with peak torque of 450 Nm on tap from 1 500 to 4 500 r/min. Top speed here, too, is 250 km/h, although the 740i takes 5.9 seconds to do the 0-100 km/h sprint.
The sole turbodiesel is a common-rail direct injection unit that uses a 3.0-litre straight six diesel engine with a variable turbine geometry turbocharger. Peak power is 180 kW at 4 000 r/min and torque is 540 Nm between 1 750 and 3 000 r/min. Top speed on this unit is 245 km/h and the fuel consumption, according to BMW is 7.2 l/100 km.
Apart from supplying the requisite firepower to the new model, the range of all-new engines will also ensure BMW's green Efficient Dynamics policy doesn’t falter.
Aiding this, BMW has also kept the weight on the new model as low as possible using multi-phase steel in the body construction and aluminium for a host of components and body panels.
Suspension is all-new, too, and mostly aluminium, while the car is packed with high-tech safety gizmos.
Wheels24 is at the Johannesburg International Motor Show. Check back regularly for updates and video footage straight from the show floor. The show opens to the public from Saturday November 1.
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