2013 BMW 7-Series Facelift Introduced [Photo Gallery]
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We’ll start under the hood, where BMW has fitted the new 3.0-liter tri-turbo diesel that produces 381 hp and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque, which pushes the AWD 750d xDrive past the 62 mph mark in 4.9 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 255 mph (250 km/h). As for the fuel efficiency, BMW tells us the vehicle needs 6.4 liters to cover 100 km (36.8 mpg), and emits 169 grams of CO2 per km.
In addition to that, the rest of the diesels in the range have been tweaked. Thus, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo 740d now offers 313 hp, while a downtuned version of this engine produces 258 hp in the 730d.
As for the petrol side of the range, the entry-level 730i (this isn’t offered on all markets) that produces 258 hp and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft), while the 740i now uses the new N55 3.0-liter twin-turbo that delivers 320 hp and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). The 750i’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 now delivers 450 hp and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). The range-topping V12-powered 760i comes with the same 544 hp.
BMW has also upgraded the ActiveHybrid7, cutting some power in order to increase the efficiency. The hybrid has ditched the 408 hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 (the total output was 465 hp) for the 3.0-liter twin-turbo L6 that offers 320 hp. Together with a 54 hp electric motor, this offers 354 hp and a peak torque of 500 Nm (369). The 2013 ActiveHybrid7 needs 5.7 seconds to cover the 0 to 62 mph sprint, while returning an efficiency of 6.8 liters per 100 km (34.6 mpg) and emitting 158 grams of CO2).
The list of tech upgrades goes on with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is now a standard feature, and the same goes for the self-leveling rear air suspension.
The refreshed 7-Series can be recognized by its new front fascia, full-LED headlights, modified kidney grilles that use nine slats, not 12 like before, new side mirror indicators, revised rear fascia. Climbing aboard, we find the customizable digital instrument panel, which made its debut on the 5-Series (this is optional), new leather-finished front seats, a fresh 1,200W Bang&Olufsen sound system, as well as other goodies, such as a central control display with 3D graphics.
The revamped 7-Series is set to hit the US market this summer, while the European market launch hasn’t been announced yet.
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