The 5th generation 2009 BMW 7-Series F01/F02 luxury sedan has finally been officially unveiled.
Going on sale next spring on both European and North American markets, the new 7er will be available as the 730d, 740i and 740Li, 750i and 750Li versions, although the US will only get the last pair of cars.
Well, with their ridiculously low gas prices, the Americans may consider cars powered by a 400 hp, 450 lb-ft twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine quite an affordable one.
By the way, this is the same V8 engine currently powering the recently unveiled 2008 BMW X6 xDrive50i SAC and, in conjunction with the car’s lightweight construction featuring an aluminum roof, doors, hood, and fenders, and a completely new multilink double-wishbone front suspension, the 2009 BMW 750i may well become THE ultimate driving machine for the reach part of the motorist crowd.
The huge executive sedan takes only 5.2 seconds to jump from zero to 62mph, so you get the idea.
Just like all the new Bimmers, the 2009 BMW 7 Series sports that “love it or hate it” exterior design, although this time the vehicle’s appearance looks much less extremist than the previous generation 7er and that conformist approach just spoils everything.
You can’t really serve two gods so Chris Bangle didn’t really succeed in transforming his solid-looking Zeppelin-like 2002 7 Series into an American-style four-door muscle car. With its rounder headlamps, enlarged kidney grille, and a more traditional design of the rear part, the new 7er looks more like an overgrown 5-Series.
Okay, maybe I’m just in the “hate it” camp, so let’s forget about the car’s exterior.
Inside, the car also looks (and, hopefully, feels) much better than outside. The 2009 7er sports a new three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel and the recently introduced E-shift electronic gear lever that now shares its place on the center console with the upgraded iDrive controller.
The iDrive interface is now displayed on a 10.2-inch screen, which is 1.4 inches larger than the one installed on the outgoing model.
The extra screen real estate may also be used to display GPS data with enhanced 3D presentation, and access the Internet via the new ConnectedDrive system.
The car’s entertainment system features a 40GB HDD-based stereo with DVD player, AUX input and an optional iPod interface. For extra money, one may also order an additional multimedia system for the passengers seating in the second row.
The car will be unveiled internationally at this October’s motor show in Paris, while the US customers will have to wait till the Los Angeles motor show in November.
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