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BMW 7 Series 2013 review

flagship saloon has been popular for its stately looks and ride quality. A perfect of status for the many buyers who wanted to announce their the 7-Series has managed to deliver on promise of understated opulence. It has in size, gotten more with tech and creature and there was already enough at the rear to play footsie ease.

So what can a new 7-Series to this already luxurious Apparently there were areas of improvement for BMW#8217;s to consider, most significantly in the department. But, if you walked up to the new 7 there would be very few that you can spot that are different.

If you are a fanboy (or fangirl), maybe some of the subtle design changes, like the LED lights moving from the of the door mirrors to the bottom of the mirrors maybe all too easy to

Tweaked exterior

But, the design changes are a bit less make the new 7 Series sedan more aggressive and agile, and yet its stateliness. The first to strike you is the vertical kidney-grille design, also features fewer, but chrome slats (nine of the earlier twelve).

There is the new optional all-LED package, which together the integrated, trademark corona and the new accent strip at the top make it BMW even from afar. The air dam at the half of the front fender sees changes with the of chrome bits and a three-way to improve air flow around the

In fact, bettering the aerodynamic of the new 7 Series has also meant the height has been lowered by 8 millimetres, giving it a more silhouette. The front retains its purposeful profile with the broad bonnet slab and the overhang.

At the rear, the changes are subtle and mostly involve chrome detailing. A thick chrome strip that the two L-shaped tail-lamps is the only addition. The LED tubes within the now glow in differing shades of

Overall, the boot seems to be wider and lower than the model, though the dimensions exactly the same.


into the new 7 Series and the cabin pretty much like the in terms of the overall design and But, clearly the interior feels and even sounds than before. The seats been made a bit narrower and

The usual complement of leather, wood panels and inserts, and accents are all there.

The addition will make the new 7 Series expensive, but will have no one is the new 16-speaker Bang Olufsen system. I travelled to BMW#8217;s fleet centre in Munich to drive the new 2013 BMW 7 Series. fiddling with the settings for the sounding 1,200W BO system, I that unlike the twin acoustic lens in the BO system of the A8, the new 7 Series features a single retracting centre speaker the centre stack.

The lens sure that the audio sounds equally impressive you sit in the car.

Combined with the more effective insulation the B and C pillars and the noise isolation the audio system is quite a To pamper more of your BMW engineers have also LED accent lights at all the right and they can be customised for intensity and The centre stack is now wider, the display has a few more options and are changes that have loaded into the iDrive

The other obvious change is in the cluster, which optionally a 10.25-inch LED display including needles instead of the usual digital gauges. The LED display a digital readout of the traditional instrument cluster, but in addition to it can be customised to offer additional and also changes colour and on offer depending on the driving #8211; Comfort, Sport or ECO

BMW India is planning to launch the new 7 soon and while many of the new features could make it to the model, the one that may not make it is of the quality of the ride. Driving class of cars on European is a whole different in-cabin compared to driving on Indian which are typically more tarmac. Thankfully, you can choose the new seat entertainment package new, floating 9-inch to keep yourself distracted on trips.


The big changes to the new 7 have been reserved for the department. The big reason for the engine and addition of new hybrid tech also be due to new European emission There also the new eight-speed automatic transmission and the new ECO PRO driving for optimised fuel efficiency.

are other aids for saving and reducing average consumption the auto Start-Stop function and the energy regeneration.

By the time the new 7 Series makes it the engine options list may be a bit for the Indian market and could include just one each of and diesel engines. The model I drove was the 750d xDrive, features the top-of-the-line M Performance, drive technology. Said to be the most powerful six-cylinder, diesel engine, the 3-litre features a variation to BMW#8217;s Turbo technology.

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It sports a turbocharging process that a variable geometry turbine and a common rail injection A carefully orchestrated process the entire set of technologies ensures the engine deliver complete and makes available the optimum and torque under all conditions. The turbos kick in at various of the engine#8217;s rpm range starting just above idle to 2,700 rpm.

This not ensures that there is no but also enabling most of its 381 are available on demand for the driver at any in the rpm range. Peak torque is an more impressive 740 Nm.

My test from Munich to a small town in Austria took me some windy, narrow roads and some sections of the The 750d xDrive#8217;s remarkable of thrust and easy driving came through easily the route. The large sedan is so at high speeds and powers so that you don#8217;t even the needle going past the 200 mark.

The 0 to 100 kmph run clocks in at 4.9 seconds.

engine is however, very to make it to India, given the disadvantage that it might from. The engine variants are more likely to make it are the 740d or the 730d and the 730i. The is powered by the 3-litre diesel a regular TwinPower Turbo. power delivered is 313bhp and the torque is 630 Nm.

This engine is to the 8-speed …. The 730d to a six-speed automatic gearbox is the diesel in the line-up. It puts out of peak power and 560Nm of and delivers a 17 per cent improvement in efficiency.

The entry petrol is the 730i which sports the straight-six and generates the same of peak power and 310 Nm of peak The engine is paired with the new auto gearbox.

The top of the line is the with its refined 12-cylinder, injection, TwinPower Turbo engine. The six-litre engine a peak power of 544bhp. is also the BMW Active Hybrid 7 the second generation Hybrid

This combines the 740i#8217;s engine and a 55HP synchronous motor.


The new 7 Series manages to better the ride for the rear seat occupants. The key for most users of the car wordwide, the quality has been improved by the level of isolation from the and by reducing vibrations. The use of modified joints, stiffer hydraulic new rubber bearings and a carefully self-levelling air suspension manages to that ride quality

The new 7 Series will be launched in within the next few weeks. The and improvements though not immediately to the … eye, will be evident when you sit in one. How of these improvements and new bits BMW to bring to India is something we to wait to see.

Expect to be higher too. But, if the has to be truly taken up with its like the Audi A8, at least the new 7 now has the right ammunition.

(This was published on December 24, 2012)

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