MW has updated its 7 Series with new iDrive system, modest exterior and interior changes together with more fuel efficient engine line-up and the introduction of all-new ActiveHybrid7 as part of the 2013 model update.
Unlike the 760Li V12 flagship that was excluded from any mechanical upgrades the 740 and 750i and Li models have been subjected to quite extensive overhaul to achieve significant improvements in fuel consumption and performance through the introduction of BMW valvetronic technology to 750i/Li 4.4L V8 engine that BMW says contributed to improved accelerations (4.7s 0-100km/h) and better fuel economy. The six-cylinder powered 740i/Li scored updated 3.0L TwinPower Turbo engine to deliver 20% improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor.
Both models are mated to BMW 8-speed automatic with optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system and engine stop/start auto function. Last but not least is the introduction of ActiveHybrid7 model to the 7 series line-up with 3.0L TwinPower Turbo engine (same as 740i/Li) and electric motor with combined maximum output of 260kW that BMW claims will be good enough for 5.5s 0-100km/h whilst also undercutting its bigger 740i/Li brother fuel consumption by another 15 percent. The good news is that the ActiveHybrid7 model is coming down to Australia in early 2013
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