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New BMW 7 Series!

2005-01-27 08:52

The 2005 BMW 7 Series features a new look and an updated engine range. It will be officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The bonnet, kidney grille, the headlights and the front air dam have all been revised and at the rear there is a new chrome trim strip, modified tail lights and the re-designed rear air dam.

The chassis and suspension of the BMW 7 Series has also been updated.

Furthermore customers will be able to choose from one standard suspension set-up and two suspension packages with different qualities and features.

The high-end Adaptive Drive suspension now combines Dynamic Drive with BMW's EDC-C continuously adjustable damper control system There is also the option of a Sports Package which combines the sports set-up of the suspension with Dynamic Drive.

Furthermore BMW has also refined the iDrive control system in an effort to make it more user-friendly. It features an optimised menu guidance, upgraded presentation of menus and direct access to the various entertainment functions.

Other new features include:

  • Xenon headlights and a headlight cleaning system now standard
  • White direction indicators are now also standard.
  • All BMW 7 Series now feature BMW's two-stage Brake Force Display.
  • The optional CD changer also comes with MP3 technology.
  • The BMW Assist telematics service as well as the BMW Online internet portal.

    With the exception of the top-of-the-range V12 power unit in the BMW 760i, the BMW 7 Series features a largely new range of power units

    Looking first at the models with an eight-cylinder petrol engine, the BMW 750i and the BMW 740i are replacing the former BMW 745i and BMW 735i.

    The BMW 740d (not available in South Africa) is making way for the BMW 745d with its all-new eight-cylinder diesel engine, and the straight-six diesel power unit of the BMW 730d has been fundamentally revised and updated.

    The entry-level BMW 730i (also not available locally), finally, now comes with the straight-six petrol engine featuring a composite magnesium/aluminium crankcase carried over from the BMW 630i.

    Six-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic is standard on all models.

    750i (replacing 745i):

  • V8 petrol engine with VALVETRONIC and double-VANOS.
  • 4 799 cc
  • 270?kW at 6 300 r/min
  • 490?Nm at 3 400 r/min
  • 0-100?km/h in 5.9 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h.

    740i (replacing 735i):

  • V8 petrol engine with VALVETRONIC and double-VANOS.
  • 4 000 cc
  • 225?kW at 6 300 r/min
  • 390?Nm at 3 500 r/min
  • 0?100?km/h in 6.8 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h

    745d (replacing 740d):

  • V8 diesel engine
  • 4 423 cc
  • 220?kW at 4 000 r/min
  • 700?Nm from 1 750 - 2 500 r/min
  • 0?100?km/h in 6.8 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h


  • Straight-six diesel engine
  • 2 993 cc
  • 170?kW at 4 000 r/min
  • 520?Nm from 2 000 - 2 750 r/min
  • 0?100?km/h in 7.8 seconds
  • Top speed 238 km/h


  • New straight-six petrol engine
  • 2 996?cc
  • 190?kW at 6 600 r/min
  • 300?Nm from 2 500 - 4 000 r/min
  • 0-100?km/h in 7.8 seconds
  • Top speed 244 km/h


  • V12 with VALVETRONIC, double-VANOS and direct petrol injection
  • 5 972?cc
  • 327?kW at 6 000 r/min
  • 600?Nm at 3 950 r/min
  • 0-100?km/h in 5.5 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h

    According to BMW SA spokesperson Clynton Yon the new 7 Series will go on sale towards the second half of this year. Specs and models might vary for the South African market.


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