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Old 07-03-2008, 10:59 PM
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Arrow Official pics and press release of new F01 7-series

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Old 07-03-2008, 11:36 PM
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  • Fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series; a completely new interpretation of style, luxury and driving pleasure. The U.S. market will receive the 750i and, with its wheelbase extended by 140 mm/5.5 in., the 750Li.
  • An all-new engine powers both models in the U.S. Recently introduced in the X6, it’s a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 delivering 400 hp and 450lbs-ft of torque over an amazingly broad rpm range. Fuel efficiency promises to be class-leading too, though official EPA ratings are not yet available.
  • With standard Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can choose between four settings for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shiftcharacteristics, engine-throttle response, power-steering assist: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus.
  • Integral Active Steering, encompassing not only the original variable-ratio front steering, but also, new rear-wheel steering. Acting as an overall system, the two capabilities deliver a new combination of handling ease, maneuverability and unrivaled stability in dynamic driving conditions: Integral Active Steering is included in the optional Sport Package.
  • A 2nd generation of iDrive sets new standards for ergonomics, efficiency and logical functionality with its larger, higher-definition Control Display. New, uniformly structured menus and an optimized control strategy for the display and console-
• The new 7 is the first in its segment to offer a Head-up Display, which projects relevant driving information onto the windshield in front of the driver. The HUD is a stand-alone option on U.S. models.
• With the new 7, BMW’s newly developed Active Blind Spot Detection makes its debut. Its function is to warn the driver by vibration in the steering wheel plus a blinking LED on the exterior mirror – upon initiating a lane change when there is an unseen vehicle in the blind spot or when there is a vehicle –not yet in the blind spot- but is closing in at a rate that could result in a collision if the driver changed lanes. Active Blind Spot Detection will be offered together with the Lane Departure Warning, a familiar BMW option but new to the 7 Series. By alerting the driver (also, via a vibrating steering wheel) when a lane change is initiated without the turn signals, the driver is assisted in avoiding potential accidents.

• BMW Night Vision continues as an option in the new 7, and adds a new capability: recognizing and indicating individual pedestrians on or near the roadway.
• At the front, headlights include BMW’s distinctive use of the “corona rings” for Daytime Running Lamps, and are accented at the top by a light band that visually unifies the traditional dual headlights on each side. The BMW “kidney grilles” – another traditional element, appearing here in new form – are notable for their boldness, verticality and low placement.
• With its center stack lightly angled toward the driver, the control center promotes the driver’s intuitive mastery of the vehicle: this is always a hallmark of BMW interior design. And yet this interior isn’t only for the driver; its concept, layout, technology and
• The new 7’s instrument cluster combines classic elements and new solutions into a complete, harmonious presentation of driving information. For the first time in a BMW, the entire cluster is a high-resolution Black Panel display, in which four classic circular instruments are most prominent; other driving-relevant displays and readouts – including GPS Navigation, vehicle-monitoring functions, upcoming service requirements and other information – also appear here in their various (and function-related) graphic forms. In “dormant” state, this display is a mostly blank black form defined by its chrome-toned periphery and including only pointer needles, scale markings and the tachometer’s red warning zone within it. The circular instruments’ numerals, as well as, the integrated displays for current fuel economy and range on remaining fuel, are entirely electronic and not visible until a door is opened.

• While retaining the E-Shift concept first introduced on the predecessor – no mechanical linkage from shift lever to transmission – the new 7 moves its transmission selector from steering column to center console.
• With its 10.2-in. monitor, the new iDrive system doesn’t just outdo all other graphic displays in automobiledom to date; its 1280 x 480-pixel resolution means remarkably true-to-life images. It’s a system appropriate to the vehicle it’s in, achieved via up-to-date hard- and software. White-on-black menu lists; effective symbols and icons; contemporary graphics; and clear, consistent colorcoding
are among the elements that enhance, not only function, but also esthetics.
• 750i, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 sec.
• When the driver “kicks down” the accelerator, the transmission can downshift by as many as four gears – just as quickly as if it were shifting down only one gear.
• The 7 Series’ Integral Active Steering now also includes rear-wheel steering capability. Via a steering spindle and an eccentrically positioned servo motor, the rear wheels can be steered up to a maximum of 3°. At low speeds, they are steered oppositely to the front wheels; depending on vehicle speed, the turning circle can be reduced by up to 27.5 inches – which, combined with the front wheels’ reduced steering ratio, dramatically improves maneuverability. Varying the rear-wheel steering according to vehicle speed, the system steers them in
the same direction as the fronts at higher speeds, which enhances the more important attribute of stability at these speed. A further, and perhaps less expected, benefit is that the rear-wheel steering reduces the yaw rate in a given road-speed maneuver, which would be perceived by rear-seat passengers as an improvement in riding comfort.
• A new Electronic Limited-slip Differential function comes into play in vigorous driving when DSC is completely de-activated.

• Compared to the predecessor’s body shell, the new models are approximately 20% more rigid in torsion
• Novel in the 7 Series’ market segment is its brand-new combination of a steel main structure and aluminum roof: The light-metal roof saves approximately 7 kg/15 lb., and because this savings is at the vehicle’s highest point, lowers the center of gravity and further contributes to vehicle dynamics. The doors are also aluminum, saving a further 48.5 lb. As on the predecessor, the hood and front fenders are also aluminum, making for a significant contribution to these automobiles’ overall weight efficiency.
• It probably goes without saying that Xenon headlights are standard on the new 7; but these are just the beginning of an extensive array of advanced, beneficial and enjoyable features that enhance these cars’ forward illumination. For example, the luminous “Corona Rings” that have become a BMW identifier in recent years are now utilized for the Daytime Running Lamps, adding visual distinction to a safety precaution favored by many drivers. Adaptive control
swivels the headlights according to steering input, yaw rate and vehicle speed to aid forward illumination around curves; and for the first time, the lights’ autoleveling takes into account road topography (such as hill crests, tunnels, steep
ramps) and adjusts their aim up or down as appropriate to avoid blinding oncoming drivers. At low speeds, cornering lights help the driver “see around” city corners; for backing up, on U.S. models both cornering lights (left and right)
• World premiere: BMW Night Vision with enhanced recognition.
• The new 7 comes standard with a 40-GB hard drive, which provides fast access to navigation data and space for approximately 13GB allocated to music
• World’s first Integrated Owner’s Manual.

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Finally! The rear end has been fixed!!!!

Love the stitched leather on the dash too.
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Old 07-04-2008, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by CGSTL
Finally! The rear end has been fixed!!!!
yeah, but what have they done to the bonnet!!

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Im actually not feeling it. I thought it would look better than this. interior is nice though. Now im worried about the 5
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I gotta say I'm really impressed with this car and borderline in love.
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:01 AM
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I have been a BMW lover sine I was 16 and bought a '77 320i as my first ride...but...I have to say when it comes to the big sedans I think the looks of the MB S550 blow the new 7 away.
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:08 PM
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like the interior, hate the exterior.

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