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2012-10-12 14:35

MORE LUXURIOUS: The revised BMW 7 Series is now available in South Africa.


2012 BMW 7 Series

2012-10-12 10:02

2012 BMW 7 Series

BMW has released the details of its latest flagship 7 Series model to arrive in South Africa.

According to BMW, the new 7 Series, as the flagship of the range, “embodies sporting elegance, refined powertrain technology and luxurious comfort in equal measure.”


The facelift to the range includes full LED headlights featuring BMW’s signature corona rings, an upgraded interior with optimised soundproofing, improved ride comfort and updated safety equipment.

The cosmetic changes, apart from the new headlights, include a simpler kidney grille, a redesigned front apron and indicators incorporated into the lower section of the wing mirrors. At the rear, the view now includes a thin chrome strip connecting the reflectors towards the bottom of the bumper.

The cabin also sees some improvements in the form of new leather seats (two individual rear seats are optional), more sound deadening for a quieter cabin and a rear seat entertainment package with an extending centre speaker for the audio system and a 9.2” flatscreen monitor.  

The extended 10.25” black-panel driver display shows graphics in 3D and instruments and graphics are now shown in different colours, depending on the driving mode selected and the function displays required.


BMW ConnectedDrive also includes new features to turn the 7 Series cabin into the ultimate office on wheels, complete with a more powerful operating system and programs that are easier to operate and optimised office and online services.

As for its power on offer, new and revised engines available for use are said to be more economical and low on emissions.

They channel their power to the driven wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Along with more efficient powerplants and an eight-speed auto, other fuel-saving technologies in use include an auto start-stop function, brake energy regeneration and a Driving Experience Control switch with an Eco Pro mode that allows for even more fuel savings.

The new 7 Series range includes the petrol 12-cylinder 760i (400kW/750Nm), V8 750i (330kW/650Nm) and the TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder used in the 740i (235kW/450Nm). Turbodiesel fans have the run of the new 190kW/560Nm 730d, what BMW calls the most powerful inline six-cylinder diesel engine, along with its second-generation ActiveHybrid 7, which has the same output at the 740.

Ride comfort is improved via the use of an updated chassis with new dampers and a self-levelling air suspension for the rear axle for an even comfier ride.

Active safety systems for the 7 Series include Night Vision with pedestrian recognition technology, an anti-dazzle LED high-beam assist feature, lane departure warning, and cruise control with a stop and go function.

Standard Model

730d - R998 000
740i - R975 500
ActiveHybrid7 - R1034 500
750i - R1248 000
750Li - R1360 000
760Li - R1 702 000

Innovations Model

730d - R1043 100
740i - R1020 600
ActiveHybrid7 - R1076 600
750i - R1293 100
750Li - 1405 100
760Li -

M Sport Model
730d - R1055 200
740i - R1032 700
ActiveHybrid7 - R1067 300
750i - R1288 600
750Li - R1400 600
760Li - R1716 600
Individual Model
730d - R1128 000
740i - R1105 500
ActiveHybrid7 - R1164 500
750i - R1378 000
750Li - R1490 000
760Li - R1790 400

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