The facelifted BMW 7 Series has arrived in South Africa. Here are the specifications and pricing for the luxury executive sedan.
The updated BMW 7 Series is here. Available in either standard length or long-wheelbase, the big and bold 7 Series is 22 mm longer than the outgoing model and yes, it's dominated by the imposing grille at the front. There are also tweaks to the rear design, giving it a fresher and more modern look.
Inside, there's a big focus on prestige and status, with attention to the acoustic treatment. There are also new cabin material options. BMW's new dashboard makes its debut here, as does the 'Hey BMW' digital assistant. In terms of powertrain, BMW has tweaked the engine lineup. Starting us off is the 740i, with a 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder with 250 kW and 450 Nm. It's capable of a 5.6 second claimed sprint to 100kph and consuming just 7.9 L/100.
Next up is the 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 750Li, with 390 kW and 750 Nm. It's a brisk limousine, with BMW claiming 4.1 seconds to 100 kph and consumption of 10.2 L/100 km. The 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine does duty in the M760Li and with 448 kW and 850 Nm, this is the fastest 7 Series you can get. It'll dispatch the 0-100 kph in a claimed 3.8 seconds.
For those wanting diesel, a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbodiesel with 195 kW and 620 Nm is available. BMW claims 5.7 L/100 km for consumption, but it's still going to offer impressive performance (6.2 seconds to 100 kph) for such a large vehicle. Finally, there's a plugin hybrid option with the 745Le. The petrol/electric 3.0-litre 6-cylinder setup produces 290 kW and 600 Nm, while the economy claim of 2.8 L/100 km sounds incredible!
The BMW 7 Series is available in either Standard, M Sport or Individual specification. All versions of the new BMW 7 Series feature adaptive suspension including electronically controlled dampers and two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling as standard.
BMW 7 Series Price in South Africa (August 2019)
BMW 740Li R1 638 400
BMW 750Li R2 156 700
BMW M760Li xDrive R2 806 400
BMW M760 Li xDrive V12 Excellence R2 806 400
BMW 730Ld R1 669 400
BMW 745Le xDrive R1 755 300