BMW is equipping its revised 7-series with its mighty tri-turbocharged 3.0-litre diesel engine – the most powerful six-cylinder oil-burner in the world. The new 376bhp, 546lb ft 750d xDrive is the chief addition to the range, which has undergone scores of revisions as part of its mid-life facelift.
Other additions to the line-up include an ActiveHybrid 7 model, while an eight-speed gearbox is now standard across the range. There’s also subtle exterior styling tweaks, a whole host of new safety technology, a boost in interior equipment levels and revised chassis settings designed to iron out the 7-series’ notoriously lumpy ride quality.
The potent six-cylinder diesel engine – first seen in the M550d, X5 50d and X6 50d – allows the 750d xDrive to crack 0-62mph in just 4.9sec, and still return 44.1mpg combined economy and CO2 emissions of just 169g/km.
However, as with the M550d xDrive, UK buyers are unlikely to be able to be initially offered the 750d xDrive from launch as BMW does not sell the 7-series in the UK with all-wheel drive. But should the initially all-wheel drive 3-series models due by the end of the year be a success, BMW is open to bringing more models to the UK.