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BMW hatches 'M7'

2009-06-29 07:53
The idea of an M Edition of BMW's 7 Series may thrill enthusiasts, but the manufacturer hasn’t entertained any of those thoughts - until now. BMW has released an M Sports package for its luxury limousine.

Already a dynamic marvel, the M Sports package for the 7 Series comprises an Aerodynamics package along with chrome trim for the sportier front and rear aprons and electronically controlled Dynamic Drive.

The look is rounded off with 19-inch M light alloy wheels (20-inchers are optional) and leather sports seats for the interior, along with a leather M multifunction steering wheel, interior trim in fine-grain aluminium and roof lining in anthracite.

The BMW M Sports Package is available for all models in the BMW 7 Series with both the normal and extended wheelbase.

In addition to the M Sports package, BMW also bolsters its 7 Series line-up with a new turbodiesel engine.

The 740d is powered by a twin-turbo straight six diesel engine with 225 kW and 600 Nm on tap from 1 500 to 2 500 r/min. The all-aluminium engine uses common-rail direct fuel injection and two differently sized turbochargers that operate either individually or together, depending on the driver's requirements.

The 740d accelerates from a 0 - 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and its top speed is limited to 250 km/h. According to the manufacturer, average fuel consumption is 6.9 l/100 km and the CO2 emission rating is 181 g/km.

BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive will also be introduced on the 7 Series for the first time on 750i and 750Li models.


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