Every car company has a flagship model, and BMW is no different. Since 1977, the model that has always been at the pinnacle of their technological prowess has been the 7 Series. Now for 2013, the 7 Series is going to be packed with even more technology, and some extra grunt as well.
While the 2013 7 Series (aka, F01/F02) is not an all new model, it does come with some notable improvements: There is a new base model, the 740Li xDrive, plus the ActiveHybrid 7 model will use a new powertrain.
The popular 750i and Li model continues, now available only with all-wheel drive, while the range-topping 760Li is still offered with a twin-turbo V12 and only rear-wheel drive.
While having a $189,100 luxury sedan with a 536 horsepower, V12 motor (760Li) is something one dreams about, the reality is that most buyers will opt for the 7 Series model with the smaller engine.
The 2013 BMW 7 Series new entry-level model will be the big story as this is the first time since the E32 model that a 7 Series model is being offered for sale in Canada with a 6-cylinder engine.
This new base engine is a 3.0L inline 6-cylinder unit that uses a single, twin-scroll turbocharger. It is essentially the same engine you’ll find in the 135i, BMW’s smallest car, but in the 7 Series it's tweaked to produce 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque.
|Now for 2013, the 7 Series is going to be packed with even more technology, and some extra grunt as well. (Photo: BMW)
This model, which is called the 740Li xDrive, is only offered in the long wheelbase body with BMW’s clever all-wheel drive system. This model starts at $106,600.
While the 740Li xDrive is quite economical to run, averaging just 9.3L/100km on a combined city and highway cycle. However, if you’re looking to save a little bit more money on petrol then perhaps the new ActiveHybrid 7 will be more to your taste.
The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 uses the same inline 6-cylinder motor as the 740Li xDrive, but now features a synchronous electric motor which, when combined with the gas engine, produces a total of 349 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque.
Not only is the ActiveHybrid 7 more economical than its conventional counterpart, averaging 8.1L/100km on a combined cycle, but thanks to its extra grunt and rear-wheel drive it is quicker, dispensing the 0-100 km/h run in just 4.8 seconds (versus 5.7 seconds for the 740Li xDrive).
However, there is a price to pay for the extra performance and fuel savings. The ActiveHybrid 7, which also only comes in the long wheelbase trim, starts at $140,200.
The popular 750 model is still offered in a regular (i) or long wheelbase (Li) body, but for 2013 is packing some extra grunt, as its 4.4L, twin-scroll, twin-turbo motor now produces 443 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.
Pricing for the 750i xDrive starts at $112,300, while the more spacious Li model raises that base price by $7,900.
All 2013 models of the 7 Series come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, engine auto start-stop technology and a brake energy regeneration system. Mild styling tweaks also help set the new model apart from the previous one.
|The popular 750 model is packing some extra grunt, as its 4.4L, twin-scroll, twin-turbo motor now produces 443 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. (Photo: BMW)