BMW is lining up a series of mid-life tweaks to its flagship 7-series, including a new V8 engine

BMW is lining up a series of mid-life tweaks to its flagship 7-series, including a remarkable new V8 petrol engine with 199g/km CO2 emissions.

BMW engineering sources have revealed to Autocar that the new V8 petrol engine will feature a cylinder dimming system to help improve economy and reduce CO2 emissions.

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Our sources also revealed other powertrain additions to the revised 7-series range will be the new M-developed tri-turbo 376bhp, 545lb ft 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine, although the 7-series will not get any M chassis or styling tweaks to go with it. An entry-level diesel with 159g/km CO2 emissions will also be offered.

The petrol-electric hybrid system from the 3-series and 5-series will also be offered in the 7-series, sources have revealed. This mates a 296bhp twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engine with a 54bhp electric motor and eight-speed auto’ gearbox.

Styling changes to the new model will be minimal, as indicated by the light disguise of this mule in winter testing. Chief among the changes will be new LED ‘angel eye’ headlights and a new lower part of the front grille. At the rear, a new bumper features.

The 7-series’ chassis is also believed to have undergone an overhaul, according to our sources. Extensive damper tuning is understood to have been undertaken, to boost improve ride comfort and offer a more engaging drive when a revised ‘Sport’ mode is activated.

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27 January 2012

entry level diesel 159g/km

V8 petrol 199g/km

Thats not much of a penalty for a petrol V8.

When it comes to taking the euro fuel test the Germans are going to get an A* from me!

27 January 2012

The 7 is a decent enough luxury car, but the plain fact is, it is just not desirable enough. In short, it looks dreadfully dull, inside and (particularly) out.

The 5-series, sharing the same chassis, engines, transmission and most of the interior etc, bar a bit of space in the back, can do everything the 7 can and it is more compact/lighter (making for more agile handling, better economy) and is much better looking too. Why would anyone, except for Jabba the Hut sized individuals, want to pick the 7 over the 5?

BMW really needs to make the next 7 far better looking to make people "want to" trade up from the 5 to the 7, never mind from great looking rivals the like the Quattroporte. Looks wise, the current 7 just doesn't cut it.

27 January 2012

If the 7 series does come with the Hybrid option it might be the only car ever to be powered by either Hydrogen, petrol, diesel or Hybrid power. Unless anyone knows different.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 January 2012

[quote Overdrive]

The 5-series, sharing the same chassis, engines, transmission and most of the interior etc, bar a bit of space in the back, can do everything the 7 can and it is more compact/lighter (making for more agile handling, better economy) and is much better looking too. Why would anyone, except for Jabba the Hut sized individuals, want to pick the 7 over the 5?

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+1

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 January 2012

[quote Overdrive]

The 5-series, sharing the same chassis, engines, transmission and most of the interior etc, bar a bit of space in the back, can do everything the 7 can and it is more compact/lighter (making for more agile handling, better economy) and is much better looking too. Why would anyone, except for Jabba the Hut sized individuals, want to pick the 7 over the 5?

[/quote]Because the National Sales Manager drives a 5 series and you are the Managing Director.

27 January 2012

[quote Overdrive]

The 5-series, sharing the same chassis, engines, transmission and most of the interior etc, bar a bit of space in the back, can do everything the 7 can and it is more compact/lighter...........

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A victim of the photocopier styling, equally applicable to Audi.

Myk

27 January 2012

Obviously this is just a mid-life re-fresh, but wasn't there a rumour that BMW were going to do something far more radical when it's replaced?

27 January 2012

A decent looking car, spoiled by the pointless bling on both ends. Somehow just doesnt hand together the way the 5 does.

27 January 2012

I prefer the looks of the 7series compared to the 5series, at least in saloon form. The 5series estate is way more desirable than both for me.

Anyway the 7, as a company car to travel around would be just perfect. I find it less showy and more anonymous than S-class and A8, and so more desirable for me. I would never spend this kind of money for a big saloon but I still like it more than the A8 and S-class

27 January 2012

If you hadn't told me it was a seven i'd have thought it was the five series.

Peter Cavellini.

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