2020 BMW 7-Series (G11 Facelift - X7 Inspired)

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BMW executive says 'people love' the firm's oversized kidney grilles

A high-ranking BMW executive says “people love” the firm’s latest oversized kidney grilles (as employed by the X7 and facelifted 7 Series) despite some initial criticism.

Speaking to Autocar, Peter Henrich, senior vice-president for product management at BMW, claimed the Munich-based firm had received “very positive” feedback about its latest design decisions.

 

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ROAD TEST: BMW 750Li xDrive Steptronic

TEST SUMMARY

Although the bold grille treatment certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, it does at least lend the sedan the sort of visual authority worthy of a flagship. And the under-the-skin updates tally up, too, resulting in a truly accomplished luxury vehicle.

While BMW’s latest revisions move the 7 Series to within inches of the S-Class, it’s not quite enough for it to reach the segment’s benchmark. Further complicating matters for the 7 Series is an SUV-shaped threat from within its stable, with the X7 proving more than twice as popular since hitting local dealerships in 2019.

Then, of course, there’s the small matter of the all-new, W223 S-Class, which will surely raise the bar further still when it arrives later in 2020...

7 Series BMW 750Li xDrive
83 / 100
Price: R2,234,295
0-100 km/h: 4.1
Power (kW@r/min): 390 KW @ 5500-6000
Torque (N.m@r/min): 750 N.m @ 1800-4600
Top speed: 250
Claimed cons. (l/100 km): 10.2 l/100 KM's
C02 emissions (g/km): 233 g/KM


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Saw one on the road last week.
Very imposing / intimidating.
Almost scary.
 

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2020 BMW 750Li vs 2001 BMW 7-Series // Luxury Meets Legend - Throttle House

 

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Looks proper stupid on a huge ass grill.
The huge ass grill looks proper stupid... the lines are just an addition of extra proper stupid.

That 7 series could look so damn sleek and sexy if that grill wasn't so retardedly large
 

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BMW confirms next 7 Series to be petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric

Next-gen 7 Series, expected to arrive in 2022, will get four powertrain options in brand's electrification push

BMW has confirmed that the next-generation of its 7 Series luxury saloon will feature four drivetrains: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and, for the first time, a fully electric version.

Revealed in the brand’s annual press conference by chairman of the board of management Oliver Zipse, it means Mercedes will have another core battery-powered rival for its EQS alongside the new Jaguar XJ.

“All [7 Series] drivetrains will be based on a single architecture” Zipse said in a statement posted on the brand’s website. “And the top, most powerful 7 Series will be fully electric!”.

This means it is likely BMW will ditch the twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 found in today’s flagship 7 Series: the M760li. That car puts out 601bhp and 590lb ft of torque, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 3.7sec. Given that model’s kerbweight is already nearly 2.2 tonnes, expect a high-powered electric 7 to be at least 2.5 tonnes once a large lithium ion battery pack is packaged into it.

With the current generation car due to go out of production in 2022, we can expect to see a new 7 Series in the same year, although it’s not clear which powertrains will go on sale first.

 

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The huge ass grill looks proper stupid... the lines are just an addition of extra proper stupid.

That 7 series could look so damn sleek and sexy if that grill wasn't so retardedly large
I must be the only one that likes it, I think it makes the car look badass. Love the look, the old one with the small grill now looks aged to me.
 

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I must be the only one that likes it, I think it makes the car look badass. Love the look, the old one with the small grill now looks aged to me.
Yeah, you need to go see your doctor :p

99% of the car is gorgeous, but that Grill just is over the top...
 

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Next-gen BMW 7 Series range to be topped by fresh Mi7 variant – report

BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse has confirmed the next-generation 7 Series sedan range will be topped by a fully electric variant, leading to speculation the flagship will wear the "Mi7" badge.

During a presentation at the BMW Group’s annual accounts press conference, Zipse confirmed the upcoming seventh-generation 7 Series range would include an all-electric option.

 

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DRIVEN: BMW 730Ld Steptronic

Batting aside such easily reached conclusions, however, it becomes clear the 7 Series is a deeply impressive offering. While we were enamored with the petrol-engined model, the diesel does sterling service here, being not only refined but surprisingly punchy and frugal. The interior’s opulence – an all-important aspect of these cars – is impressive enough that the otherwise standard-setting S has to concede some ground.

It’s also a deeply satisfying thing to pilot, possessing just enough poise and punch to entertain (obviously when said celebrities have vacated their thrones in the rear) and ride quality that’s close enough to the S’s to render such comparisons as largely subjective.

It’s an impressive showing from BMW here, albeit one so low-key that it may undeservedly go unnoticed.

FAST FACTS

Model: BMW 730Ld Steptronic
Price: R1 727 728
Engine: 3,0-litre, inline-six, turbodiesel
Power: 195 kW
Torque: 620 N.m
0-100 km/h: 6,56 seconds
Top Speed: 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption: 6,7 L/100 km
CO2: 151 g/km
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Maintenance Plan: M5/100 000 km


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My BMW 7 Series Review | Luxury 2020 7 Series | Chauffeur - Joe Achilles

 

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BMW to kill off M760Li flagship (and its V12) later in 2020 – report

A fresh report out of Europe claims BMW will end production of its V12-powered M760Li flagship sedan towards the end of 2020.

According to BimmerToday, production of the most powerful 7 Series variant will wrap up around the final quarter of the year.

The reason behind the decision? Well, we’re sure you’ve guessed it by now. Yes, Europe’s increasingly stringent emissions standards are likely to blame (the M760Li has an average CO2 emissions figure of 297 g/km, after all).

As a reminder, the M760Li's twin-turbo 6,6-litre V12 sends 430 kW and 850 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission, which the Munich-based firm says is enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3,8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, although BMW will raise that figure to 305 km/h should you tick the appropriate box.

In South Africa, the M760Li is currently offered in three forms. The M760Li xDrive and M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence are both priced from R2 917 876, while the M760Li xDrive V12 Individual starts at R3 065 476.


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BMW's V12-powered M760Li xDrive sedan handed a menacing new look

As we prepare to bid farewell to BMW’s V12-powered 7 Series, Auto Dynamics in Poland has tailored a head-turning package for the M760Li xDrive that includes a body kit, matte paint, lowered suspension and unique alloy wheels.

To give the large executive saloon yet more character, Auto Dynamics has fitted a body kit created by Ronin Design. This consists of a front-bumper spoiler, side skirts and a rear diffuser, further complemented by a boot spoiler. To finish things off, the tuner added “frozen black” matte paint.


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