New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

New BMW 7 Series hits SA

2005-06-19 19:26

Nip and tuck makes 7 Series more appealing

The 2005 BMW 7 Series features a new look and an updated engine range. 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.

BMW also updated the chassis and suspension of the BMW 7 Series.

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.

Several other new comfort features are also available.

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 straight-six diesel power unit of the BMW 730d has been fundamentally revised and updated.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 730d: R651 000
  • 740i: R675 000
  • 750i: R798 000
  • 750Li: R894 000
  • 760Li: R1 136 000

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