I test drove the 2012 last year and liked it, but didn't buy. New for 2013 The 740i and 750i now have an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the drivetrains include fuel-saving stop-start technology. Beautiful wood and leather are just the start; the 7er has ambient lighting, lots of sound insulation, and touches like a flip-out tray table for the back seat. When you are ready shes ready. Braking regeneration makes it so the engine does not have to serve as the sole generator for the car's electricity needs, as in other cars, resulting in better fuel economy. The Driver Assistance package adds a blind-spot warning system, side- and top-view parking cameras and a speed limit display. There are more acronyms within the 7 Series' list of features than there are within the Department of Defense's appropriations budget.
The new turbocharged inline-6 is also more fuel efficient, though its power output remains the same. Oh, and the 7 Series now features rear air springs across the board. Almost as important, for 2013 both the 750 and the 3. That ol grandpa still outruns him. That's double-paned glass for you. We're obviously being a wee bit sarcastic, but these non-issues are really all you've got to complain about when you're talking flagship luxury sedans like the 7 Series.
So Many Sevens The 7 continues to be offered in a myriad of configurations: six-cylinder 740, eight-cylinder 750, V-12 760, AcvitveHybrid 7, and sporty Alpina B7. Both engines get an eight-speed automatic transmission, automatic stop-start and an EcoPro adjustable drive setting, all of which further aid fuel economy. The proportions are on the mark, versus prior generations with too-tall decklids and big panes of glass. Every 7 Series can be equipped with an M Sport package that includes 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel, unique exterior styling elements, a faux-suede headliner and an increased speed limiter not 740. In terms of luggage space, the 7 offers 14 cubic feet, an underwhelming figure for this class of car.
Exterior The current 7 Series gets a slight refresh on the outside this year, with updated headlights, a revised grille and a redesigned front air intake. The V8 gets a power boost as well. The optional M Sport Package augments the exterior with more aggressive lower bodywork and darker S. The failure mileage was 116,000. The affected vehicles may have received incorrect replacement left rear taillight assemblies. Ever-evolving iDrive The latest version of iDrive comes first to the 7-series and to 5-series models equipped with navigation, and to the ActiveHybrid 3.
At speed, the steering wheel assumed a nice heft, making it easy to keep the car in line over hundreds of miles. The Driver Assistance package adds a blind-spot warning system, side- and top-view parking cameras and a speed limit display. This feature let the 750Li roll along, losing speed very slowly on flat roads. One of the real delights with the 750Li comes from sitting in the back seat, enjoying the ride and taking advantage of all the available connected features. Heavy bass pummeled my body without shaking interior panels and percussion instruments came through with crisp, clear beats. Every 7 Series can be equipped with an M Sport package that includes 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel, unique exterior styling elements, a faux-suede headliner and an increased speed limiter not 740.
Just 10 years ago, cars this big and powerful generally averaged around 15 mpg. It you really love music, this system proves its worth. For 2013, the 7 Series receives slightly modified versions of its existing engines. Nice to have a little fun when they come along side and you can outrun them! With a curb weight about 200 pounds under that of the V-8 sedans, the 6-cylinders have more enjoyable handling. The vehicle was not repaired.
That said without snow tires the entire set-up was still somewhat compromised. A massaging rear seat is an option unique to the 760Li. The side mirrors have integrated turn signals, and the taillights and rear apron receive slight changes. The 750Li does not belie its 4,660-pound weight; it feels like a big, heavy car. The surround view and backup cameras were essential for parking the over 17-foot-long car. On the road it just feels right. He mustve been shaking his head.
Dialing it down to Sport, the stability control kept the back of the car from sliding out as much, but it still performed admirably, especially on public roads. The lane departure system vibrated the steering wheel strongly enough to get a drowsy driver's attention when I let the car slip over a lane line without signaling. It began to move forward, then leaped. All that said, the Alpina B7 is a big boy, most certainly over 4500 pounds and therefore not an ideal track car. In Edmunds brake testing, the 740i stopped from 60 mph in 109 feet, which is outstanding for a car with all-season tires.
As the adage goes, if you have to ask, you can't afford it. Also, the two big kidney grille openings feature 9 slats for 2013 instead of 12. The V8 engine is power full. Weight of the controls yes the steering is spot on for a large car , the doors and even weight in the way it moves. And in some conditions in the ActiveHybrid 7, the engine completely shuts off during coasting mode, restarting only when you reaccelerate. Why not the biggest of them all; The 7 Series? The 7-Series athlete is the Alpina B7, with its 54-hp V-8, firmly tuned suspension that's firmer than any of the other models can manage in Sport mode, bigger brakes, and other dynamic enhancements.