2009 BMW 750Li
BMW Press Release
New milestones of automotive progress are set from time to time: Now, as the new BMW 7 Series approaches its market launch, it is that time again. As the world's most successful purveyor of premium motor vehicles, BMW now presents the 5th generation of its flagship sedan, demonstrating once again how all-encompassing luxury can be combined and harmonised with the pleasures of dynamic performance.
The new 7 Series will make its North American premiere at the Los Angeles International Autoshow in November, 2008 and is expected to be in U.S. authorised BMW centers by spring 2009.
The new 7 embodies luxury that inspires, driving dynamics that enthuse, and a visual presence that earns universal admiration. It is the product of a self-assured design philosophy and consistent yet ever-evolving engineering artistry. In great measure, this new sedan owes its unique, progressive character to an abundance of innovations whose purpose is to make driving a magnificent automobile – as well as riding in it – a memorable experience.
At the core of this experience are chassis engineering that sets new international standards and all-new powertrain technology. BMW, which introduced its Active Steering concept in 2004, now brings it to the 7 Series in a new, unique form: 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.
The new 7 Series introduces Driving Dynamics Control, which enables the driver to select from four progressively sporty driving programs with the touch of a button. Driving Dynamics Control integrates Dynamic Damping Control (which has three-mode shock-absorber control) with transmission shift characteristics, engine response to the accelerator pedal, and steering assist and traction control level.
Active Roll Stabilisation another BMW advance in handling and riding comfort, is yet another element of the available Sport Package: Via electro-hydraulically actuated anti-roll bars, ARS reduces body "roll" or lean in cornering to a minimum, greatly enhancing the feeling of road-hugging handling.
Both U.S. models will be powered by an all-new twin-turbo V8 engine also making its debut in the X6 Sports Activity Coupe. This is a highly advanced, unique and outstanding powerplant. With 4.4 litres of displacement and direct fuel injection (BMW's High Precision Injection), the V8 carries its two turbochargers in the "valley" between the two cylinder banks putting its exhaust valves inboard and intake valves outboard – a highly unusual layout and a complete departure from its predecessor. This "variation from the norm" pays off: the engine develops 400 hp over a range from 5500 to 6400 rpm, and a robust 450 lb-ft of torque over the even broader range of 1750-4500 rpm. Compared to the like-named 750i/Li predecessors' 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8's 360 hp and 360 lb-ft, the new engine represents major progress in performance; and though official EPA ratings are not yet in, it is expected to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency as well. To provide some context to this achievement: the previous 7 Series' 6.0-litre V12 develops 438 hp and 444 lb-ft.
Engine: 4.4 litre V8
Maximum Power: 400 hp (298 kW) @ 5500-6400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) @ 1750-4500 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
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