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2016 BMW 7-Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 19, 2016 – 11:30 am PDT/2:30 pm EDT.. . . Today BMW announced the 'BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS' models to mark the company's centenary, representing the historically evolved technological competence of the world's leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and emphasize the exclusivity wîth which both luxury and innovation are expressed. The BMW 7 Series centennial models are being produced in a limited quantity wîth only 100 units available worldwide wîth three different engine variants. The ÚS market will receive 5 units and it will be exclusively available as the 'BMW Individual M760i xDrive Model V12 Excellence THE NEXT 100 YEARS' centennial model, featuring a 12-cylinder engine producing 610 hp (preliminary) and a unique combination of state-of-the-art comfort, luxury and dynamic agility. This centennial model will be available by the end of 2016.

The BMW 7 Series centenary model combine the innovation, efficiency and dynamics of the luxury sedan wîth exclusive and harmoniously matching design and equipment features from BMW Individual.

The appearance, driving experience and interior ambience of the luxury sedan are bestowed wîth a unique distinctive character thanks to the exclusive centenary model paint finish, 20-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels, BMW Individual fine grain full Merino leather trim and further interior details from BMW Individual. The equipment range also includes a fountain pen of the Montblanc brand, the color and design of which are precisely aligned to the anniversary edition of the BMW 7 Series. It is also produced in a limited quantity and is only exclusively available in conjunction wîth BMW 7 Series centennial models. As a result, the 'BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS' embodies both a new understanding of luxury at the top of the BMW model range as well as a deeply embedded awareness for customer orientation, timeless design and unsurpassed quality.

BMW's technological know-how is authentically reflected in the new BMW 7 Series' characteristics. The new luxury sedan impresses wîth a design that is defined by stylish presence, timeless elegance and supreme dynamics, its various innovations optimizing sportiness, ride comfort and efficiency. At the same time, the sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series sets benchmarks when it comes to operating comfort, intelligent networking and feel-good atmosphere inside the car. 25 redefining technologies are represented in the all-new BMW 7 Series including the Carbon Core body structure, BMW eDrive technology, Active Comfort Drive wîth Road Preview, Gesture Control, Rear Executive Lounge Seating and Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof.

The 'BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS' is produced at the BMW Dingolfing plant in a limited quantity of 100 units, of which 5 units will be available for the ÚS market. The vehicles feature exclusive BMW Individual equipment details created by a manufacturing process that is defined by uncompromising quality standards, traditional style consciousness, and handcrafted precision. The anniversary model's prominent status is recognizable at first glance by the BMW Individual exterior color Centennial Blue metallic and the handcrafted signet. The color variant available exclusively for the 100 centennial models is attained by a particularly elaborate painting process that accentuates the sedan's expressive design through outstanding brilliance and an intensive depth effect. Forged 20-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design that come in a bi-color Silver/Ferric Grey finish and wîth mixed tires decorate the anniversary edition.

An exclusive, handcrafted signet bearing the lettering 'THE NEXT 100 YEARS' adorns the B pillars, the interior strips above the glove compartment on the passenger side as well as the front and rear seat headrests. The cover of the cup holder located in the front area of the center console boasts the inscription '1 of 100'.

The luxurious driving experience and exclusive travel comfort offered by the 'BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS' achieve their extraordinary high level thanks to an interior design that is oriented to the highest standards right down to the smallest detail. The BMW Individual color Smoke White Full Merino Leather wîth black accents is the central element. The leather used for the seats, door panels including B pillars, the upper and lower sections of the instrument panel, the center console, armrests and door handles is extremely pleasant to the touch thanks to its volume and soft, fine-grain surfaces. Carefully selected, flawless raw materials and extremely gentle processing guarantee a natural, open-pore structure. The leather remains breathable and provides excellent comfort. Quilted seat surfaces in a woven look, hand-woven piping and contrasting seam applications bear witness to a production process that is defined by precision and attention to detail. Floor covering and floor mats, safety belts and the BMW Individual headliner also come in Alcantara 'Smoke White' color. The stylish interior ambience of the centennial model is capped by BMW Individual interior strips in Piano Finish Black and a BMW Individual leather §teering wheel wîth fine-wood applications in the same finish.

Montblanc and BMW have created a fountain pen that underscores the uniqueness of the 'BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS': The 'Montblanc for BMW' Centennial Fountain Pen.

The 'Montblanc for BMW' Centennial Fountain Pen follows the uncompromising principles of the Maison Montblanc in terms of quality, styling and constant innovation. For more than 110 years now, the name Montblanc has been synonymous wîth writing culture and top-class workmanship. In collaboration wîth BMW's design department, Montblanc has now developed this unique fountain pen, which is worldwide limited to 100 pieces and handed to every owner of the new 'BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS' model.

The unmistakable Montblanc icon, the Montblanc masterpiece, comes wîth BMW design elements of the new Individual series: The surface structure of the masterpiece Skeleton Fountain Pen is reminiscent of the quilted seat surfaces in a woven look featured by the BMW 7 Series centennial model. The transparent elements of the fountain pen come in the BMW Individual color Centennial Blue metallic also chosen as the automobile's exterior color. The rhodium-plated, Au750 gold Montblanc nib bears an engraving of the unique backstitching also found on the BMW Individual Merino leather seats.

With the joint development of the 'Montblanc for BMW' Centennial Fountain Pen, BMW and Montblanc are continuing their successful partnership. The tradition-steeped, Hamburg-based company was founded in 1906 and is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality writing instruments and further luxury §egmènt accessories. Like BMW, Montblanc sets the highest standards for itself and its products wîth a passion for quality, love of detail, deep-rootedness in its own tradition as well as strong innovative ability combined wîth an aspiration to constantly re-invent itself. In the autumn of 2015, the special collection 'Montblanc for BMW' comprising selected leather and writing instrument creations and inspired by the design of the new BMW 7 Series, marked the beginning of the cooperation.

The 12-cylinder engine of the 'BMW Individual M760i xDrive Model V12 Excellence THE NEXT 100 YEARS' provides the power for the BMW 7 Series centennial model. The V12 engine is also of historic significance for the BMW 7 Series. In 1987, the top-of-the-range version of the second-generation BMW 7 Series was the first 12-cylinder production model made in Germany during the post-war era and it featured the world's first use of throttle by wire technology. The 6.6-liter, V12 power unit of the latest generation, which also features M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, delivers a maximum power output of 610 hp (preliminary) and enables the centennial model to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds (preliminary).

The exclusive range of equipment features for the 'BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS' is designed for an unmatched level of luxury and driving pleasure in a premium automobile. The experience of driving a BMW 7 Series is defined by a characteristic balance between sportiness and ride comfort. The chassis technology comprises a 2-axle air suspension including automatic self-levelling and Dynamic Damper Control. A further enhancement of comfort, dynamics and supremacy is achieved wîth Integral Active Steering and the Active Comfort Drive system wîth active roll stabilization as well as the data-based predictive road preview function. In addition to the COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO settings, it is now also possible for the first time to activate the ADAPTIVE mode by means of the Driving Dynamics Control switch. In this setting, the set-up adapts to the current driving style and route characteristics.

The new BMW 7 Series features iDrive wîth touch screen and BMW gesture control, which is being presented for the first time. Hand movements detected by a 3D sensor control infotainment functions in an extremely intuitive and user-friendly fashion. BMW ConnectedDrive include the latest generation of the BMW Head-Úp Display, Active Lane Keeping Assistant wîth active side collision protection, rear collision prevention and front and rear crossing traffic warning. The Traffic Jam Assistant can be used for semi-automated driving on any type of road. The new generation of the Surround View system now also comprises a 3D View and a Panorama View function.

Other features such as Ambient Lighting, LED Light Carpet, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the Ambient Air Package are available for a particularly luxurious driving and travel experience. The Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package provides the highest degree of individual well-being. This optional equipment package comprises, electrically adjustable rear comfort seats wîth massage function and Vitality Program, Active Seat Ventilation, a Rear Compartment Console and Rear Compartment Entertainment Experience including BMW Touch Command. The removable 7 inch tablet facilitates control of the infotainment and comfort functions available in the rear compartment of new BMW 7 Series and can also be used to play back external audio and video files, as a games console or to surf the Internet.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the Únited States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the Únited States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the Ú.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 125 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (ÚS) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Source - BMW
Typically the leader when it comes to introducing the latest and greatest BMW has to offer, the 7 Series is a line of luxury vehicles that has been in production since 1977. BMW's flagship, the 7 Series is only offered as a sedan or extended-length limo. The 7 Series tends to showcase the most futuristic technologies and design offerings before the regular lineup receives them.

Remaining true to its original character from the beginning, the 7 Series has always been the ideal choice for the wealthy car buyer in the market for a roomy and elegant sedan. Set apart from the competition, the elite 7 Series continues to deliver the refinement and power that the German automaker is always known for.

The first 7 Series Luxury offering from BMW was the 1977 E23, and the replacement to the E3 large sedan. This first-generation 7 Series was designed to directly compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and was the largest sedan BMW had ever built. Riding a 110.0-inch wheelbase, the E23 measured 191 inches long, 71 inches wide and had a height of 56 inches. With over 285,029 models built during its ten-year lifespan, the BMW E32 7 Series eventually replaced the E23 in 1986.

Assembled in Dingolfing, Germany, the E32 was launched in 1986 and ran until 1994. Riding on a 111.5-inch wheelbase, the successor to the E23 was 2 inches longer, 1.2 inches wider and 1 inch shorter. Weighing in at 3,790 pounds, the luxurious E32 offered exceptional luxurious like a wine cooler, integrated phone and fax machines, double-glazing and traction control system. The E32 also featured a system that kept the windscreen wipers firmly pressed to the glass at high speeds by automatically increasing spring pressure. This car was also offered in an 'L' extended wheelbase version with more rear leg room that the standard model.

Initial engine options were all six-cylinder petrol like the earlier generation, but by 1987 a V12 engine was introduced. The first V12-equipped 7 Series had a 5.0-liter engine that pumped out 296 hp. The base engine in 735i and 735iL models was a 208-hp 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine offered for most of the cycle. Standard was a four-speed automatic transmission while a five-speed manual was also available. In 1993 the 282 hp 4.0-liter V8 engine replaced the inline-6 yielding the 740i and 740il. Through the entire run the 750iL was offered. The

Replacing the E32 was the BWM 7 Series E38 in 1994. Assembled in Germany and now Toluca Mexico, the E38 rode on a 115-inch wheelbase, and had an increased length of 196.2 inches, a width of 73.3 inches and a height of 56.5 inches. Launched on February 17, 1994, the E38 was the first 7-series offered with a diesel engine, and the first to offer optional five-speed automatic transmission. Regarded by many 7 Series enthusiasts as the 'finest era' for the 7 Series, the third generation featured much less technology to distract the driver and focused more on the sleek classic lines BMW was famous for. In 1998 the Dynamic Stability Control system debuted across the entire lineup.

The third generation lineup included the standard-wheelbase 740i sedan, the long-wheelbase 740iL and 750iL. Powering the 740s was a 282 hp 4.4-liter V8 engine while the 750iL had a 5.4-liter V12 capable of 326 hp. All of the models came with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Showcased on the new E38 was Xenon headlights, and an integrated satellite navigation system, for the first time offered by a European car manufacturer. Making its big screen debut in 1997, the E38 750i was featured in the James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies. An E38 735i was also featured in The Transporter, driven by Jason Statham in the 2002 movie.

Introduced in 2001 was the fourth generation of the 7-Series, the E65. Proving to be the most controversial version due to its extreme styling and iDrive user problems, the E65 still broke many records and became the best-selling 7-Series model ever, especially after it's 2005 update. Considered by many to be the most radical version, the fourth generation eschewed the more traditional exterior styling cues and instead favored more aggressive devilish looks. Many BMW enthusiasts were unhappy with the look and considered it abrasive and even unrecognizable as a BMW 7 Series. A 2006 revamp certainly helped the design, but the model was definitely not winning any beauty awards at the time.

The first BMW to be powered by hydrogen was the Hydrogen 7. This fourth generation would be the first time that specific chassis codes were used for each version, with the E65 standing for the standard wheelbase model, the E66 as the long-wheelbase model, the E67 as the armored high security model, and the E68 as the Hydrogen 7l. In 2002 there was only a V8 offered, but following that year the lineup would always include a eight- and 12-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

From 2002 through 2005 the 745i and 745Li came equipped with a 325-hp 4.4-liter V8 engine while the 750i and 750Li that succeeded them came with a 360-hp 4.8-liter V8 engine. The performance stayed mostly the same for the 745's and 750s since the 750's were marginally heavier. With a capability of 438hp, the 760Li had a 6.0-liter V12 engine that was offered from 2003 on. From 2004 through 2006 BMW also offered a short wheelbase 760i version.

The interior of the fourth-generation featured an all-in-one system called iDrive, which controlled climate, navigation and audio all in a single console-mounted dial and a central display. Unfortunately the system required a steep learning curve that many drivers found confusing. iDrive continues to be upgraded throughout the years. Though its design was radical, the 7 Series of this generation still offered an excellent driving experience and offered innovative features like adaptive shock absorbers, self-stiffening antiroll bars and self-leveling air springs.

Launched in November 2008, the fifth generation of the 7-Series was a complete redesign and continues to be in production today. The first 7-series where all of the engines are turbocharged, the FO1/F02 became the first 7-series offered with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The only engine not turbocharged is the Asian-market 730i and 730Li variants. The five models offered this generation include the 740i and long-wheelbase 740Li featuring a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 capable of 315 hp and 330 lb/ft of torque. The 750i and 750Li are powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 400 hp and 450 lb/ft of torque. Standard for the 750 models is a six-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive. The rear-drive only 760Li is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 produced 535 hp and 550 lb/ft of torque. It has an eight-speed automatic as standard.

The first 7-series to utilize an electric motor is the ActiveHybrid7. Rather than the previously chosen MacPherson struts, the front suspension is a double wishbone design.
Inside the limousine-like interior is an exceptional luxurious and spacious interior with sleek leather and rich wood accouterments. Customizable for nearly every body type the front seats are highly adjustable.

A variety of high-tech features like night-vision camera and sideview cameras make the drive as modern as possible. The Dynamic Driving Control systems features four different settings that completely alter the vehicles' driving characteristics and provide a customizable driving option.

Many consider this most current generation to be the most attractive with its sleek bodywork and slimmer trunk lid. Compared to previous editions the iDrive electronics interface has been improved over the years and made user-friendlier. The interior is now much more traditional and the gear selector has been relocated to the center console instead of the steering column. In 2010 the 760Li was debuted, the 740i the following year, and both became the first six-cylinder-powered 7-Series in over 20 years.


By Jessica Donaldson
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