BMW 7 Series (2009–2016)

Model History

January 2009

Long-wheelbase BMW 730Ld added to range

Priced at £57,735 OTR, the BMW 730Ld offers an additional 14cms of legroom for rear seat passengers and optional enhancements aimed at cocooning occupants in a hi-tech, luxurious environment.

February 2009

New BMW 7 Series for 2009

Features Night Vision system with individual pedestrian recognition, World’s first production car with front side view camera, First BMW Saloon with speed-related Integral Active Steering, First BMW with Lane Change Warning, BMW 7 Series to feature EfficientDynamics for class-leading CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

The 5th generation BMW 7 Series F01 made its debut in November 2008 with a host of world firsts and was initially offered with a choice of three powerplants, one diesel and two petrol engines. The two petrol-powered cars were offered with a long-wheelbase body too. All three engines produce more power yet use less fuel and produce less emissions than the models they replaced.

Dimensions: 5,072mm (SWB) oe 5,212mm (LWB) x 1,902mm x 1,478-1,486mm high.

BMW 730d 245PS, 540Nm torque, 0-60mph 6.9, 153mph, 39.2mpg comb, 192g/km

BMW 740i 326PS, 450Nm torque, 0-60mph 5.6, 155mph, 28.5mpg comb, 232g/km

BMW 740Li 326PS, 450Nm torque, 0-60mph 5.7, 155mph, 28.2mpg comb, 235g/km

BMW 750i N63 twin turbo V8 407PS, 600Nm torque, 0-60mph 5.0, 155mph, 24.8mpg comb, 266g/km

BMW 750Li N63 twin turbo V8 407PS, 600Nm torque, 0-60mph 5.1, 155mph, 24.8mpg comb, 266g/km

BMW F01/02 Wheel and Tyre sizes:

17" with 245/55 R17 102W tyres

18" with 245/50 R18 100Y tyres

19" with 245/45 R19 98Y fronts and 275/40 R19 101Y rears

20" with 245/40 R20 99y fronts and 275/35 R20 1202Y rears

21" with 245/35 R21 96Y front and 275/30 R21 98Y rears

As a world first in the new, fifth generation BMW 7 Series, Speed Limit Display comes as standard with the optional Lane Departure Warning system. Using a camera mounted behind the rear view mirror, the system cross-references the GPS navigation system information and the real-world information to constantly monitor the legal speed limit, and relays this information to the driver in the dashboard or, if specified, into the Head-up Display. The car’s hard drive is pre-programmed with all of Europe’s speed limits but, in the case of road works or incidents, limits can vary. The camera reads the numbers on temporary road signs and over-rides the known speed limit, bringing this information constantly into the driver’s line of sight.

Night Vision has been advanced and adapted for the new BMW 7 Series. BMW was the first to bring a Night Vision system to market but the new 7 Series also features another world first - Pedestrian Recognition. Scanning the road up to 300 metres ahead, much further than even the most powerful xenon headlamps, Night Vision highlights the shape and proximity of any heat sources that are close to the predicted path of the car. With Individual Pedestrian Recognition, the system uses video data and complex algorithms to predict if any pedestrians are behaving abnormally and are likely to move into the path of the car. The driver is alerted by warning symbols in the control display or the Head-up Display if specified.

BMW’s Lane Departure Warning system uses the same camera as the Speed Limit Display but this time, monitors the white lines on the road ahead. If it notices the car deviating out of lane without the driver indicating, they are notified by a vibrating steering wheel. This familiar system can be complemented on the new 7 Series by BMW’s new Lane Change Warning. Two sensors in the rear bumper monitor the blind spots to either side of the 7 Series. When they detect a car that may be out of the direct view of the driver and the indicator is activated, an orange warning triangle illuminates in the door mirror to warn of the danger lurking in the driver’s blind spot. If this is ignored, a steering wheel vibration acts as a further warning.

Side view cameras are a BMW first and are available as an option working alongside the standard Park Distance Control and optional Reversing Assist Camera. Using cameras mounted in the front bumper, the driver can see around obstacles or pull out of difficult junctions with confidence. Activated using a button in the centre console, the driver is presented with a split-screen view of both directions in the iDrive display.

Finally, BMW is the first premium manufacturer to offer Integral Active Steering (IAS) – effectively four wheel steering. IAS offers more direct steering responses and a smaller turning circle at slower speeds while, at higher speeds, delivers a more composed ride.

April 2009

BMW 760Li launched

BMW’s new flagship model launched in September 2009 and featured two world debuts. The BMW 760Li is powered by an all new 5,972cc twin-turbocharged V12 engine and is the first BMW production car to feature the marque’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, offering outstanding levels of performance and refinement in the premium segment.

June 2009

740d introduced

BMW UK’s flagship 7 Series range became offered with its most powerful diesel engine ever in the 740d model, at the same time as the 730d came with a revised powerplant offering improved fuel economy and emissions figures. These models can be ordered immediately for delivery from September.

The BMW 740d heralds the latest technological leap for the 7 Series, taking diesel performance in a luxury car to a new level. Powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine that produces 306hp, the BMW 740d provides the driver and its occupants with a smooth yet suitably rapid method of transport, while merely sipping at its fuel tank.

The 2,993cc engine features an all aluminium crankcase and third generation common rail fuel injection system offering 600Nm of torque from just 1,500rpm. This enables the 740d to achieve a class-leading zero to 60mph time of 6.0. A smaller turbocharger provides near instantaneous response for swift initial acceleration before a larger unit provides additional thrust from the mid-range to the redline. However, courtesy of EfficientDynamics technologies the new 740d still achieves 40.9mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 emissions figure of just 181g/km.

August 2009

New BMW 740d. BMW’s 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine is available in the flagship model. The new BMW 740d comes powered by a 306hp six-cylinder engine capable of zero to 62mph in 6.3 seconds before going on to an electronically-limited 155mph top speed. Combined consumption figure of 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of just 181g/km.

The BMW 740d is available in standard-wheelbase only with specification highlights including glass sunroof, lane departure warning system, speed limit display and lumbar support for driver and front passenger. The BMW 740d is on sale now priced from £60,265 OTR. BMW 730d and 730Ld enhanced with M Sport specification.

Revised diesel engine features enhancements to the fuelling system for greater efficiency. The BMW 730d now returns 41.5mpg on the combined cycle compared to 39.2mpg while the BMW 730Ld records 40.9mpg against 38.7mpg. CO2 emissions also improve with the 730d dropping from 192g/km to 178g/km and the 730Ld now recording 180g/km opposed to 194g/km. This means both models drop to VED band ‘I’ and are thus cheaper to tax. The vehicles also qualify for a lower benefit-in-kind rating (26 per cent and 27 per cent) representing an even more compelling proposition for the business user.

The latest BMW 730d went on sale in September 2009 from £53,695 OTR with the 730Ld costing £56,755 OTR.

Revisions to the most popular derivative of 7 Series came with M Sport specification available on the model for the first time in its 32-year history. M Sport was offered on every incarnation of 7 Series and comprises M Aerodynamic body styling, 19-inch M light alloy wheels with the option to upgrade to differently styled 20-inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Drive and High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim. Inside, and Sport seats, M Sport steering wheel, door sill finishers with M designation and Anthracite headlining are standard.

Prices for M Sport models start with a BMW 730d M Sport at £58,750 OTR rising to the BMW 760Li M Sport at £96,590 OTR.

September 2009

The BMW 730d and 730Ld was specified with an engine that had been refined to achieve 41.5mpg on the combined cycle (40.9mpg for the long-wheelbase) and CO2 emissions of 178g/km (180g/km for the 730Ld). This represents a 7.3 per cent reduction in emissions and almost six per cent improvement in fuel economy, bringing the 730d drop into the band I (£175) Vehicle Excise Duty tier with a subsequent improvement in BIK for business users. This efficiency performance places the 7 Series above its key competitor, the new Mercedes S350CDi.

Brake Energy Regeneration uses the engine’s power on overrun, such as braking, to charge the battery for the car’s electrical circuit. When the driver is accelerating the alternator disengages so all of the engine’s power is channelled towards the car’s performance. Other ancillaries, such as the air-conditioning compressor, are also able to disengage to improve the all round performance of the car. All of these technologies were standard on the BMW 7 Series when it was launched in November 2008, but have since been enhanced on the 730d to achieve even more impressive performance figures. The roof, doors, bonnet and front side panels are all made from aluminium to reduce weight and help achieve the outstanding efficiency performance.

BMW 730d: 245PS, 540Nm, 0-60 7 secs, 152mph, 41.5mpg comb, 178g/km

BMW 730Ld: 245PS, 540Nm, 0-60 7 secs, 152mph, 40.9mpg comb, 180g/km

BMW 740d: 301PS, 600Nm, 0-60 6 secs, 155mph, 40.9mpg comb, 181g/km

The launch of the 740d coincided with the introduction of M Sport models to the BMW 7 Series range. All BMW 7 Series variants could be ordered as either SE or M Sport. The latter specification builds on the high level of standard equipment offered with an SE by adding new 19-inch M Sport V-spoke style alloy wheels, M Aerodynamic body styling and high-gloss exterior trim. Inside, and Sport seats, M Sport steering wheel, M Sport door sill inlays, brushed aluminium interior trim and Anthracite headlining complete the offer.

Two option packages available for all long-wheelbase models. The options have been compiled with the chauffeur in mind, but will also appeal generally to other long wheelbase customers. The Executive Package costs from £2,515 and comprises of 19” multi-spoke style alloy wheels, TV function, Sun protection glass, electric rear side sun blinds, front and rear seat heating and a windscreen with grey shade band. The Executive Plus Package builds on this offer by adding soft-close doors and driver and front passenger lumbar support. Prices for this optional package start at £2,865.

July 2011

New equipment for the BMW 7 Series. BMW’s flagship saloons benefited from upgrades to comfort and safety features and infotainment systems for the 2012 model year.

A new version of BMW Night Vision is available with pedestrian detection giving drivers stronger acoustic and visual alerts if an unseen pedestrian or cyclist strays into the path of the car. Additional features on BMW ConnectedDrive deliver Real-Time Traffic Information about delays, while the system can now accept apps that receive internet radio stations and allow the use of Facebook and Twitter.

BMW’s ConnectedDrive system has been enhanced for 2011 for even more intelligent networking between the driver and the outside world. Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) is a superior system for warning drivers of hold-ups and calculating alternative routes to help avoid them. It is far quicker and more efficient than the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) currently used, transmitting data faster, and updating more frequently, via the SIM card integrated in the vehicle.

Courtesy of BMW Live, the driver’s mobile phone can serve as a modem to feed information to the car’s Control Display via Bluetooth. The system offers free RSS news feeds, weather information, Google Local Search, Google Panoramic and Street View. The RSS news feeds are read inside the car via BMW’s Text to Speech function. The facility will be available on the new BMW 1 Series in September, before being rolled out to other models.

The same camera system can also provide the driver more information through the new full-colour Head-up Display or the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning system can detect lane markings and sends a mild vibration through the steering wheel should the vehicle deviate from its lane without indicating. The Speed Limit Display reads both permanent and temporary speed limit signs and displays the current maximum permissible speed limit to the driver.

November 2011

The BMW 7 Series Luxury Edition offers customers an enhanced specification and is available on all diesel powered 7 Series models. The Luxury Edition adds 19-inch light alloy multi-spoke wheels, powered bootlid operation, comfort seats, BMW Professional loudspeaker system, rear seat heating, soft-close doors, sports leather steering wheel, exclusive Nappa Leather upholstery and a choice of Azurite or Moonstone BMW Individual metallic paintwork.

This enhanced package, worth £7,785, is available for an additional £1,500, making the 7 Series Luxury Edition available from just £58,920 OTR.

May 2012

Revamped for Spring 2012

Small design enhancements, including new optional Adaptive LED headlights. Inside an enhanced control display and a new optional multi-function Instrument panel providing access to the latest in BMW's ConnectedDrive technology. Additional in-car refinement measures and further optimisation of the 7 Series' chassis have led to a higher level of driving comfort for the occupants.

With a revised range of highly efficient engines, a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox and the full array of EfficientDynamics technologies, the new BMW 7 Series combines enhanced performance with significantly reduced emissions and fuel consumption. The latest BMW 7 Series is also the first to be offered in the UK as an ActiveHybrid in both standard and long-wheelbase guises courtesy of a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine mated to a synchronous electric motor and lithium-ion high performance battery which will allow for solus electrically-powered driving at given times.


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The main exterior changes are to the front and rear of the car, but in addition, the 8mm drop in the overall height of the vehicle has further accentuated the sleek profile of this machine. From the front, the new 7 Series now presents the latest version of the famous BMW kidney grille which features a larger aperture but with nine instead of 13 slats. In the lower section a full-width air intake is now split into three sections, defined by a pair of chrome bars on the outer edges and flanked by vertical air intakes that form part of the advanced aerodynamic package.

As an option, customers can specify full Adaptive LED headlights, which with crisp accent strip and BMW corona rings supply excellent visibility at night and sharpen the frontal design of the new 7 Series. Turn indicators integrated into the lower part of the wing mirrors.

Interior trimmed in either Dakota or Exclusive Nappa leather. Additional soundproofing material incorporated in the B and C pillars, the sills and boot area, with careful sealing around the window frames and mirrors. New, variable-colour ambient lighting adds to the feeling of luxury. Comfort seats are optional and can be ordered in combination with either folding tables or a new rear seat entertainment system that features 9.2-inch colour screens. These appear to be ‘floating' thanks to their new slim design.

A further option is individual rear Comfort seats, which features electrical adjustment for the seat back angle, seat position and head restraint. And for the ultimate in rear-seat comfort, BMW offers the long wheelbase version of the new 7 Series, with an extra 140mm in the wheelbase devoted to rear seat legroom and an extra 10mm of rear seat headroom as well.

New optional Bang & Olufsen Advanced audio system. With 1,200w of power and 16 speakers - including an illuminated centre speaker that extends out of the instrument panel using Acoustic Lens Technology - the finest sonic experience is assured.

Optional new multi-functional instrument panel, an integrated, 10.25-inch screen featuring black panel technology taking the place of the standard four dials.

The colour and information of this display varies on whether the driver has selected Comfort, Sport or ECO PRO mode with the Drive Performance Control button.

In Comfort mode, the classic four dials layout is retained but in digital form, while in Sport or ECO PRO mode the dials open up to allow for additional information. In Sport, the graphics turn an orange hue and the speedometer is replaced by a digital speed readout, with the gear currently selected displayed inside the rev counter if the steering wheel paddles are used to change gear manually.

In ECO PRO mode, the instrumentation turns blue and the rev counter is replaced by an EfficientDynamics display that turns grey if the car is being driven in an inefficient manner. Additional features of this system include a speedometer zoom function that enlarges the part of the dial showing the current speed, and the ability to show useful further information depending on the current situation - such as navigational data.

To complement the above, BMW has updated both the technical content and dashboard integration of the central control display. With improved graphics and contrast, deeper colours the control display also benefits from faster input reaction times and enhancements to the BMW Professional Navigation system.

The new BMW 7 Series is propelled by a range of petrol and diesel powerplants that utilise cutting-edge engine technology for a sensational mix of performance and economy.

The flagship of the range is the BMW 760Li, powered by a 12-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers. This all-aluminium, 5,972cc V12 features TwinPower turbo technology, direct fuel injection and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control to produce 544hp and 750Nm of torque from as low as 1,500rpm. Predictably, this gives the 760Li superb acceleration and speed (0-62mph takes just 4.6 seconds and the top speed is limited electronically to 155mph), all delivered with the silky refinement you would expect. However, more of surprise given the power and performance of the 760Li is the fuel consumption of 21.1mpg combined with C02 emissions of 314g/km.

An alternative flagship is the BMW ActiveHybrid7. The 320hp 2,979cc engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is taken from the ‘standard' 740i and then adapted with a 55hp synchronous motor, a hybrid specification eight-speed automatic transmission, a lithium-ion high performance battery all wrapped into an intelligent energy management package to provide the first 7 Series hybrid to be offered in the UK. Performance is brisk yet economical and with low CO2 emissions. With a max output of 354hp and 500 Nm of torque the ActiveHybrid7 can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph. However, it is capable of this at the same time as achieving 41.5mpg and emissions of 158g/km.

The new BMW 750i features a revised version of the TwinPower turbo 4.4-litre V8, with optimised high pressure direct fuel injection and reduced charge cycle losses thanks to the clever integration of Valvetronic variable control of intake valve lift. The engine now delivers 10per cent more power at 449hp, and 8.5per cent more torque at a mighty 650Nm, developed over a broad rev band - enough for a 0-62mph sprint of 4.8 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155mph. Even more impressive is the 25 per cent improvement in efficiency: fuel consumption is now 32.8mpg and CO2 emissions are just 199g/km.

The new BMW 740i is powered by the TwinPower turbo 3.0-litre straight-six, a pioneer of BMW's integration of twin-scroll turbo technology with direct fuel injection, Double-VANOS and Valvetronic for maximum throttle response and power with highly efficient consumption. The engine has a peak power output of 320hp and a maximum torque of 450Nm, the latter developed from just 1,300rpm, giving this 7 Series the same performance as the outgoing 740i, but with fuel economy stands at 35.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 184g/km.

The choice of diesel powerplants in the new BMW 7 Series is headed by the powerful BMW 740d, a formidable exponent of BMW's TwinPower turbo technology featuring two turbochargers for the familiar 3.0-litre straight-six. Thanks to minor detail improvements, this engine now produces slightly more power at 313hp and an extra 30Nm of torque to make a peak of 630Nm at just 1,500rpm. Performance, with the benefit of the standard new eight-speed automatic transmission, is dramatic, with 0-62mph achieved in only 5.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155mph. As ever, this performance is not at the expense of efficiency, with a frugal 49.6mpg recorded on the test cycle and CO2 emissions of just 149g/km.

The 3.0-litre TwinPower turbo straight-six of the BMW 730d now produces 258hp and 560Nm of torque - both increases on previous outputs - but couples those figures with a combined fuel consumption of 50.4mpg and outstandingly low CO2 emissions of just 148g/km, a reduction of 30g/km versus its predecessor. EU6 compliance is also available as an option with no impact to emissions or fuel economy.

Eight-speed automatic gearbox, fitted as standard across the range, which helps the engine to work in its optimum rev band to the benefit of both performance and economy.

The 7 Series is now offered with BMW BluePerformance giving a car so equipped the ability to already surpass the forthcoming 2014 EU6 emissions criteria. Thanks to the use of an oxidising converter, a diesel particulate filter and a catalytic converter to all reduce the harmful emissions, including nitrogen oxide, that exit the exhaust.

All new BMW 7 Series models (except 760Li) are equipped with an Auto Start-Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration. Intelligent energy management is further enhanced by the ancillary units, which consume significantly less energy compared with conventional systems. Examples include the on-demand coolant pump, the electronically controlled oil pump and the new Electric Power Steering system, which offers potential savings of up to three per cent. The ECO PRO mode modifies the powertrain management and programming of the heating and air conditioning, heated seats and exterior mirror heating to operate at optimum efficiency. It also encourages an economical driving style.

With the exception of the BMW 760Li, all engine variants feature a proactive driving assistant that can be switched on via the ECO PRO mode. Drawing on the latest navigation data, it recommends advance adjustment of the car's speed with the aim of saving fuel.

The aluminium front double wishbone and integral-V rear axle have been carefully developed, with modified rubber bearings, ball joints, stiffer dampers and retuned kinematics the result. The self-levelling air suspension on the rear axle, now standard across the range, provides a smooth ride with excellent insulation from the road surface.

The BMW 7 Series features an electronically controlled damping system where each wheel can be adjusted individually according to the road surface and driving style, with compression and rebound settings varied independently of each other. The result is a superbly comfortable ride, with no loss in driver appeal when the car is driven in a sporting manner.

In addition all models, except 760Li, now feature electric power assistance for the steering, giving excellent steering precision with a reduction in fuel consumption thanks to the system only being operational on demand. Integral Active Steering is available as an option (standard on 760Li), which combines the Active Steering system with a rear axle that also plays its part: the steering angle and power assistance at the front and the rear is controlled with electric motors.

The large but lightweight braking system provides superb braking capability, and is backed up by a number of advanced electronic safety systems that are integrated into the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) package.

Using Drive Performance Control, the driver is able to alter the accelerator response characteristics, engine response, power steering characteristics and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) thresholds. In addition, the Servotronic function, Integral Active Steering, the automatic transmission and Variable Damper Control are also integrated into this system. Drivers can choose between ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes. Each of these predefined set-ups activates different settings for the relevant powertrain and chassis components, with a greater variance amongst the settings for the new car.

Another button allows the driver to change the DSC settings. Selecting Traction mode, for example, makes it much easier to pull away on loose surfaces or in deep snow. In this mode, as well as in Sport+, the Dynamic Stability Control thresholds are raised and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is activated.

The new ECO PRO mode, meanwhile, helps the BMW 7 Series driver to make progress in an efficient, and therefore economical, manner. It does this by changing the accelerator mapping so that the same pedal travel delivers less power than in the standard mode; the transmission control strategy for the automatic gearbox is modified to bring forward upshifts and delay downshifts, while intelligent energy and climate management reduces mechanical power consumption and also the energy consumption of electrical systems - such as heated mirrors and seats.

The new BMW 7 Series is built around an extremely rigid passenger cell that strikes a perfect balance between weight reduction and core strength, satisfying the most stringent safety standards. The roof, bonnet, front side panels, front spring struts and doors are all made of aluminium, while different grades of steel are used throughout. The body's strength has been increased by around 60 per cent compared to its predecessor. Torsional resistance is now some 20 per cent higher too.

The new BMW 7 Series is equipped as standard with front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus head airbags for both rows of seats. Depending on the nature of the crash, integrated safety electronics ensure that only those airbags that are able to provide effective protection are actually deployed. Airbags that are not required therefore continue to be ready for action in the event of a possible secondary collision. All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts, and the driver and front passenger also have the benefit of belt latch tensioners. In addition, to guard against whiplash injuries following a collision from the rear, the front seats are fitted with crash-activated head restraints as standard.

A unique combination of driver assistance systems and mobility services places the new BMW 7 Series at the forefront of vehicle technology, entertaining, assisting and protecting the occupants.

Among the optional systems helping to maximise safety are BMW Night Vision featuring Dynamic Light Spot with pedestrian recognition technology; the anti-dazzle LED High-Beam Assistant; Driving Assistant Plus with Stop & Go function and Speed Limit Display, including the no overtaking display from reading road sign symbols.

The new BMW 7 Series also includes Dynamic Safety with attention assistant as standard. This safety feature initiates protective measures for the occupants if an accident situation is imminent. It includes seat belt tensioning, closure of any open windows, closure of sliding sunroof (if fitted), repositioning of passenger seat and automatic braking after impact.

A more powerful operating system governing the central Control Display ensures the entertainment programs are simpler to operate, optimises office and online services, and makes using the telephone that much easier. The BMW Professional Navigation system is now more powerful and features new and ultra-sharp map graphics and a 3D city mode, while passengers can take advantage of the full range of in-journey entertainment offered by BMW Online, all the office functions and BMW Mobile application preparation.

The new BMW 7 Series goes on sale in the UK on 22 September, 2012 priced from £58,115 OTR for a 730d SE rising to £104,050 OTR for a 760Li M Sport.

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