Less than two years ago BMW unveiled the sixth generation of the 7-Series. The design wasn’t anything close to revolutionary, rather evolutionary. But design, although it is the first thing that attracts customers, it isn’t the most important aspect of the vehicle. This is when BMW installed the most versatile and advanced platform called CLAR that stands for Cluster Architecture. The new model uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic, steel, aluminum and also magnesium that helped the 7-Series lose 90 pounds and also provide a lower center of gravity. And it will also be starting point for all future models. Although young, 2017 BMW 7-Series brings some updates. And not just usual tweaks, but also a new engine.
2017 BMW 7-Series – Same Design Language
When BMW introduced new 7-Series their goal was to take head on Mercedes-Benz S-class and other like Audi A8, Genesis G90, and Lexus LS. So they haven’t thought so much about brute force of engine lineup (but there are plenty), they emphasized on improving comfort and luxury level. But BMW being BMW, can’t just let performance go down the drain. So we won’t talk about design since there aren’t any changes. But with famous (active) kidney grille, chrome accents, beautiful lines and two dual exhaust pipes on each rear end BMW 7-Series looks phenomenal.
2017 BMW 7-Series – Interior Tech
BMW 7-Series comes with a luxury interior. Besides comfortable leather seats, materials used in the cabin of this luxury sedan are of the highest quality. Some of the features that emphasize the comfort and luxury level are panoramic sky lounge LED roof, display key with remote control parking, iDrive 5.0 navigation system with gesture control, and of course, 1.400-watt, 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system. The LED roof includes over 15.000 etchings in the glass that beautifully illuminate via six different LED ambiance lighting settings.
Display key has LCD screen and not only that gives you fuel status, range, and service requirements but it also autonomously parks the car. Although the car must be aligned straight before parking in tight spaces, the car itself will monitor for pedestrians and other vehicles and automatically break to prevent injuries or scratches to the vehicle. There is also 7-inch command tablet that serves as a controller for various comfort and luxury features. It is also removable.
2017 BMW 7-Series – Same Entry Engines
For powering the 2017 BMW 7-Series the entry model comes with twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 320 horsepower (740i). More powerful version (750i) comes with twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine and 445 horsepower. These engines come with RWD as standard, while optional BMW’s intelligent AWD system, the xDrive comes with $3.000 extra. The 4.4-liter engine also comes with BMW Alpina B7 which differs from the regular lineup with many styling changes. But in this version, the engine is tweaked to produce 600 horsepower and xDrive comes standard.
2017 BMW 7-Series – New Engines
In the lineup for 2017 BMW also introduced plug-in hybrid, the iPerformance (740e). This model comes with the smallest volume engine. It combines a twin-turbo 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The engine alone produces 255 horsepower but combined with 111 horsepower electric motor, total output amounts 322 horsepower. The electric motor is fed via 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. If used alone sedan has a top speed of 75 mph. The top offer (at least as the price is in question) is the new M760i. The M performance powertrain packs a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 which produces 600 horsepower, same as in Alpina B7. It also comes with xDrive standard. Which leaves a question, why bother with V12, when the V8 can produce the same amount of horsepower while having less weight.
Note: Image of 2017 BMW Alpina B7
The answer maybe lies in M7 model. They said over the years that they don’t intend to build M7. But this is certainly one step closer to it. Nevertheless, which engine is in question, all come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With these updates, BMW further continues to jeopardize sales of its rivals. The M performance version is certainly a nice update, but when it comes to the price of this model, maybe it isn’t, since the price is sky high. For all model prices, see the table below.
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