2013 BMW 7 Series CAR DRIVES

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2013 BMW 7 Series

Brilliant and efficiency from all engines; dynamics; improved ride supportive front seats; new features

Potholes still suspension some grief; slightly vague at low speeds; cabin storage; price and of options list

The facelifted  BMW 7  is the latest shot in the relentless of luxury-limousine one-upmanship.

Four after the launch of Munich’s flagship, the ‘Life-Cycle Impulse’ for a mid-life update) is designed to do that. With new and upgraded and added tech features – few that we haven’t already elsewhere in the BMW family or from the competitors – the 7 Series needs its to fight against the newly LS and forthcoming all-new S-Class, which is here in 12

Perhaps more than pioneering gadgetry, the 7 Series BMW’s – and let’s not overstate – brilliant engine technology. The 7 Series range is up to 25 per cent efficient than the one it replaces. All now benefit from auto and brake energy regeneration as well as an Eco Pro driving mode a ‘coasting’ function that the engine for more economical between 50-160km/h – all clever yet not ones that are exclusive to the 7 or BMW.

The 750i, the single V8-powered 7 now features an uprated 330kW/650Nm 4.4-litre petrol engine, and from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, it neck and neck with 911. With a combined fuel consumption of 8.6 litres per the Beemer is also more efficient than the slippery despite its 1960kg kerb making it more than a tonne heavier.

The entry-level consumes just 5.6L/100km, remarkably, makes it more efficient than aNissan Meanwhile, the 190kW/560Nm 3.0-litre diesel’s 6.1-second 0-100km/h allows it to hassle hot-hatches off the – impressive for a car that puts than five metres its restyled kidney grille and tail-lights.

BMW Australia has also the ActiveHybrid 7 to the line-up (arriving in which – at 6.8L/100km – is 14 per cent fuel efficient than the variant on which it’s yet no slower from 0-100km/h seconds).

Improved dynamic performance was focus of the update, with self-levelling air suspension – previously offered on long-wheelbase variants – now across the range. Pre-update models with the more multi-link rear suspension were criticised for their touchy and harsh ride. The in the new 7 Series is firm but remains and composed when ironing out bumps – at least on the chosen of BMW’s launch program.

and larger surface imperfections can elicit a less refined


The BMW 7 Series’ electric power exhibits a slight vagueness at speeds but becomes more and dependable as you hit the highway or find corners. Surprisingly, the newly Bavarian revels in them. The 730d and 740i variants the most nimble and best of the bunch.

The extra weight the front of the bigger-engined models – the 760Li, which is 350kg overall than the 740i – is but not significant enough to make car feel cumbersome.

Extra and weight – as well as additional responsiveness and sportier shift – are dialled in as you scroll up through the Dynamics Control menu, from Eco Pro, Comfort+, and Normal to the more playful and Sport+ settings.

While definitely not a sports the BMW 7 Series is a blast to punt twisty roads, with of torque available just of idle regardless of the engine 560Nm at 1500rpm, 740i: at 1300rpm, 750i: 650Nm at 760Li: 750Nm at 1500rpm).

the thunderous growl of the 760Li’s 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 is addictive, the aural performer is the 235kW 3.0-litre inline six in the 740i; its yet metallic wail could be for a V8 from either behind the or outside. The 730d’s 190kW six-cylinder diesel emits a (albeit muted) rumble at and idle, but is quiet and effortlessly once on the move.

It may feel around the city and when to park, but the BMW 7 Series becomes intimidating as you up the pace and become engrossed with its dynamic

An encompassing cabin helps with the dashboard, console and wrapping close to your the centre stack and gear angled towards the driver, and the supportive new driver’s seat you comfortably behind the thick-rimmed wheel.

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The interior finish is as expected, with an elegant of stitched leathers, smooth and polished metals, although let down by a few ergonomic shortcomings. storage is limited, with door pockets, a shallow console and a glove box that is filled by the owner’s manual. The boot will swallow of gear, although it’s narrow and 35 litres smaller that of a Ford Falcon.

The 7’s rear-mounted lithium-ion batteries cut the model’s cargo capacity to 360

There’s also no seatbelt adjustment for the driver and front and BMW charges $600 for the digital instrument display, which colour and content to match driving mode setting.

long options lists become a trademark of the German the customer who parts with for a 760Li may find it a bit stiff to be to dig deeper into their jeans for basic features a music interface for iPhone ($220), digital radio heated steering wheel and a tyre pressure monitor

Many of the 7 Series’ active systems are optional for the 730d and variants (which are expected to for roughly two-thirds of total including Lane Change System ($1400), Driving Plus with active control ($5500), Night with Dynamic Light ($4700) and the Surround View camera system ($1300).

options include heated and reclining Comfort Seats and the Rear-Seat Entertainment System ($6200), which features an controller in the centre armrest and two screens on the front seatbacks for live TV, DVDs, playing or surfing the internet.

Comfort in the rear seats is high in the standard pews, although the centre seat is best for trips only – somewhat for a car designed for chauffeuring VIPs. is generous even in standard-wheelbase but six-footers just scrape in for

BMW spoke at length about the 7 new LED lighting technologies on the launch. Assistant identifies oncoming and partially masks the headlights to dark spots, eliminating the of dazzling other drivers continuing to fully illuminate the of the car’s surroundings. In contrast, Light Spots are used to pedestrians at night, sending out a more intense beam to their presence on the road.

Benchmark efficiency, improved refinement and some new tech should be enough for the BMW 7 Series to competitive until the all-new launches in around 2016. But the new S-Class here next it may not be enough to keep the 7 Series at the end of the competition…

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