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2016 BMW 740 Information

2016 BMW 740 Information

Always more limo than sports sedan,
burnishes both sides of its personality with the all-new sixth generation, which arrives this fall as a 2016 model. The new 7 slims down thanks to a new platform that includes structural carbon-fiber elements, while at the same time turning up the luxury quotient and the techno wizardry. It will take a sharp-eyed observer, however, to identify the new, sixth-generation 7-series once the car starts gliding off dealer lots. Dimensionally very close to its predecessor, the 7-series in its latest iteration grows just over an inch in length, while its width and height remain largely unchanged. Largely unchanged could also describe the styling, which is at most a measured evolution. The car s shoulder-line crease now continues forward through the headlamp cluster with its familiar LED eyebrow and into the twin-kidney grille (which hides active shutters to aid fuel economy), while in back it extends rearward into the more complexly shaped taillamps. There s also a new, hockey-stick-shaped design element along the lower body sides. The net effect is to take another baby step away from the leaden, dumpling-like form language introduced with the Bangle-era. Carbon Core, Not Common Core Beneath the conservative exterior, however, the new 7-series platform contains some major changes. What BMW is calling its Carbon Core structure (with a badge to that effect on the B-pillar) is in fact a mix of carbon-reinforced plastic, aluminum, and high-strength steel. The carbon fiber is used in key areas such as the A-, B-, and C-pillars, the windshield header, and the transmission tunnel. Molded-plastic front fenders and an aluminum trunk and door skins shave additional weight. The company says that as much as 190 pounds have been trimmed, with unsprung mass down by 15 percent the weight that remains is balanced nearly equally among the front and rear tires. In addition to trimming pounds, the new car also trims its model lineup. Whereas the past few generations of the 7 have been offered in standard- and long-wheelbase variants, BMW will bring the new car to our market only in LWB form, following in the tracks of its top rival,. BMW is therefore ditching the L designation (although it will remain on the cars sold in Europe, where SWB models also will be offered). Besides the elimination of the short-wheelbase variants, the model count is being further trimmed to just two core variants: six-cylinder 740i and V-8 750i.

Although the 740i at launch this fall will be offered only with rear-wheel drive, an all-wheel-drive xDrive version will follow within a few months; conversely, the 750i will come first as an xDrive, with a rear-drive sibling following shortly after. Left at the curb are the twelve-cylinder 760, the ActiveHybrid 7, and the Alpina B7 models. Although BMW isn t saying, we expect the V-12 and the Alpina B7 to reappear eventually. A diesel is also a possibility at some point. A new plug-in will carry the hybrid banner. The six and V-8 in the 740i and 750i are familiar. The six-cylinder is again a 3. 0-liter turbo, although it is part of. Output is 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, which enables the 740i to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5. 4 seconds, according to BMW. The 4. 4-liter V-8 with two turbochargers spins out 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft, cutting the zero-to-60 run to a factory-estimated 4. 3 seconds. As before, a ZF eight-speed automatic shuffles the gears for you. BMW has said that, and so it will be for the 7-series. Arriving in 2016, the 740e xDrive plug-in will combine a 2. 0-liter turbo four-cylinder, a lithium-ion battery located under the rear seat, an electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic. The maximum range on electricity alone is said to be 23 miles, with zero-emissions driving possible at speeds up to 75 mph. The all-wheel-drive 740e will be sold in all 50 states. The new chassis features standard air suspension front and rear, along with electronically controlled dampers and optional active anti-roll bars (now electromechanically rather than hydraulically actuated). The driver can raise the ride height by 0. 8 inch; it s also automatically lowered by 0. 4 inch when the car reaches cruising speed in Sport mode. Four-wheel steering (BMW s Integral Active Steering) again is available, only now it can be paired with both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. BMW claims it makes the long-wheelbase car as maneuverable as its short-wheelbase sibling. A new predictive adaptive suspension Road Preview that sounds very much like, uses cameras to scan the road surface ahead and adjust the adaptive suspension accordingly. In, we found that the car s lighter weight and revised chassis have given the big Bimmer newfound verve.

But showroom shoppers likely will be wowed not by issues of dynamics but by the ber-plush interior and the dizzying array of electronics. Similar to this year s field of presidential candidates, the upper echelon of luxury sedans offers a plethora of establishment choices seasoned by a few outsiders. Against veritable four-door stalwarts such as the, and, stand fringe offerings Porsche s Panamera, Maserati s Quattroporte and special variants of more mainstream models, your AMG S65s and Audi S8s, for example. Part of the latter group is the Alpina B7, which is all-new this year after its donor vehicle, BMW s 7-series, was retooled. The Alpina B7 has long filled the top of BMW s sedan goody bag, standing in for the M7 BMW still won t build, albeit with a more luxury-oriented bent than that still-theoretical model might provide. High-performance M versions of the 2-series, 3-series, 4-series, 5-series, 6-series, and even the X5 and X6 utes exist, but BMW s biggest four-door, the 7-series, is left out. For those not familiar with Alpina something Alpina might consider a win for its exclusivity it is a tuner that enjoys an exceptionally close relationship with BMW, despite technically being a stand-alone manufacturer that offers hotted-up versions of regular BMW models. When it comes to the B7, Alpina s formula involves adding dash with a subtle dose of flash. With a new 7-series having arrived for the 2016 model year, Alpina remixed the B7 recipe and applied it to the updated body. Previous-generation Alpina B7s exhibited some underhood restraint, offering relatively mild power upgrades over their 7-series donor cars. This latest B7 tosses that to the wind, juicing s twin-turbocharged 4. 4-liter V-8 a full 155 horsepower to a flat 600 (! ) and squeezing an additional 110 lb-ft of torque out of it, too, for 590 lb-ft. Credit for the B7 s might goes to new turbochargers, a unique Alpina intake and intercooler setup, special Mahle pistons, an Alpina dual-mode exhaust, and 20. 0 psi of peak boost. Alpina claims that the B7 available only with xDrive all-wheel drive is capable of attaining 60 mph in just 3. 6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 193 mph. For reference, accelerated to 60 mph in 3. 8 seconds and had only 540 horsepower. As before, the B7 s suspension is tuned for a slightly sportier ride relative to a stock 750i; that means air springs, electronic dampers, BMW s variable-rate anti-roll bars, and all.

Grip is enhanced via a staggered-width set of 20-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which wrap Alpina s signature (and gorgeous) thin-spoke wheels. We never tire of mentioning those rims centralized valve stems that live with the lug nuts behind the wheel caps, but we should point out that the B7 s optional 21-inch wheels make do with normal valve stems and exposed lugs. Given how entwined those standard 20-inch wheels are with the Alpina mystique, we d suggest sticking with them. Outside of the wheels, it isn t easy to distinguish the B7, which is just how we like it. There are Alpina and B7 badges on the trunklid, subtly massaged front and rear fascias, and that s it. Alpina will offer B7 customers two exclusive colors, Alpina Blue and Alpina Green, as well as any hue from the BMW Individual bespoke program. Alpina s hand is felt more strongly inside the B7, where a special Alpina steering wheel features green and blue stitching and the brand s supremely unsatisfying manual-shift buttons instead of paddles. The digital gauge cluster is redesigned to display bright-blue analog gauge faces in normal drive modes and a more aggressive analog and digital combination in sportier settings. All of the technology BMW packed into the latest 7-series is included on the B7, including aero-aiding shutters, a key with a built-in digital readout, and a widescreen dashboard display. The cost of this extra-special, super-incognito luxury sedan is a mystery at present, but it will be announced closer to the B7 s U. S. launch this September. Expect a base price somewhere north of $140,000, a relative steal for a big sedan capable of punting itself to extra-legal road speeds so quickly, all while going less noticed than a similarly quick Mercedes-AMG S63. 12. A key fob with a color touchscreen (above) allows owners to remotely drive the 2016 BMW 7 Series forward into a garage or narrow parking space and then reverse it out. The system currently works only with forward parking and cannot reverse into a space remotely. U. S. laws prohibit this feature because regulations require the brake pedal to be physically depressed to shift a car out of park. However, BMW is petitioning the U. S. government for a workaround and will offer remote parking here as soon as it is legal.

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