BMW's new flagship 7 Series wafts to Singapore

Alvan Sio
6 Nov 2015
 

BMW Asia has announced the arrival of the sixth generation BMW 7 Series in Singapore. At an event held for the media yesterday, the new flagship of BMW was unveiled and invited guests were given an in-depth tour of the new car.

Codenamed G11 and G12 (long wheelbase version), the all-new 7 Series was created with one theme in mind – driving luxury. BMW has introduced a whole host of technological wizardry with its new flagship, as has always been the case throughout its 38-year long history.

One of the key highlights of the G11 7 Series is the new Carbon Core construction that BMW has used in the chassis of the car. As the name suggests, the car has a chassis that’s made of a combination of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), steel and aluminium. This reduces the weight of the car to aid driving dynamics and overall efficiency. BMW has been a forerunner in sustainable car production, and with the new Carbon Core tech it has been able to keep weight down while maintaining structural rigidity and thereby safety of passengers.

An industry first, the hybrid chassis construction has allowed the new 7 Series to be just 120 kg heavier than a 5 series as BMW was quick to point out. This technology came as a result of knowhow from the BMW i programme, which saw cutting edge innovations like the i3 electric and i8 super cars.

Powering the new 740Li is the new B58 inline 6 TwinPower Turbo engine. The 3.0l 326hp unit sees an almost negligible increase in power over its already quick predecessor and is still mated to the excellent 8 speed steptronic transmission that has revised ratios and reduced weight. Cars in Singapore will come with paddle shifters as well, for keen drivers to take over gearshift duties when desired.

BMW has also generously included 2-axle air suspension to the car, which creates a plush ride that will seriously rival some of its established competitors. Ride height can be manually raised to increase comfort over particularly bumpy roads; a fully adaptive mode can also be selected to let the car read your driving style and adapt accordingly with the Executive Drive Pro feature. The air suspension can also stiffen the car significantly when driving in a sprightlier manner, so to keep the dynamics that BMW is so proud of.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 6
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (84 x 94.6)mm
Power 326bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1380rpm
Power to Weight 176.7 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(5098 x 1902 x 1478) mm
Wheelbase 3070 mm
Kerb Weight 1845 kg
Boot Capacity 515 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 78 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs