BMW’s 7-Series flagship lineup has received a well deserved facelift which brings the company’s 3.0-liter tri-turbocharged diesel engine which if you did not know is the most powerful 6-cylinder oil-burner out there. Another addition to the range would have to be the 750d xDrive model that packs 376 hp and 546 lb.-ft.
Also new in the lineup is an ActiveHybrid 7 version, while as standard all cars now feature an 8-speed transmission. The car has also received some mild styling updates, a bunch of new technology, more standard goodies, revised chassis settings and a lot more.
That powerful 6-cylinder diesel engine which is available for the M550d, X5 50d and the X6 50d, allows the BMW 750d xDrive to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 4.9 seconds, while managing to return 44.1 mpg UK on the combined cycle. This version of the 7-Series has CO2 emissions of 169 g/km.
As far as the aforementioned ActiveHybrid 7 model is concerned, this is using a more powerful version of the gasoline / electric drivetrain found in the ActiveHybrid 3 and the ActiveHybrid 5. It combines a 6-cylinder gasoline 3.0-liter engine with an electric motor, providing a combined output of no less than 349 hp and 369 lb.-ft of torque.
If you’re interested in gasoline-powered models, you can get the 730i with 255 hp, the 740i with 315 hp, the 750i with 443 hp and the 760i which is motivated by a huge V12 engine that pumps out 536 hp. If you prefer diesels, you can opt for the 730d that has 255 hp, the 740d with 308 hp or for the 750d xDrive.
Regardless of the version you choose, all models now benefit from a rear air suspension, while the integral V rear axle made from aluminum has been completely revised as it now has new rubber bearings, stiffer dampers, new ball joints, along with retuned elastokinematics for diminishing vibrations and improving the car’s ride quality.
As far as the styling changes are concerned, the 2013 BMW 7-Series features new LED headlights, a revised front bumper and updated kidney grille, while inside the cabin it gets new leather seats for the people sitting in the front. From the long list of available options we mention the 3D graphics for the display screens mounted in the front, along with the possibility of getting new individual seats for the people sitting in the back.