Kiwi launch for BMW tech flagship

Kiwi launch for BMW tech flagship

BMW New Zealand has launched the sixth generation of its flagship sedan – the 7-Series.

There will be two new models available from launch, including the very first application of BMW xDrive in a right-hand drive 7 Series model.

While government ministers roll in the back seat of a specially-specified – and no doubt cheaper – long-wheel-base 730d variant, the public is being offered a 740d xDrive model for $199,000 and a 750i for $239,500.

The 740d xDrive is powered by a 3.0 litre, six-cylinder diesel engine producing 235kW and 680Nm of torque, while the 750i features a 4.4 litre, V8 petrol engine, generating 330kW of power and 650Nm of torque. Both engines link with an eight-speed automatic.

At 5,098mm in length, 1,902mm in width and 1,478mm in height, the new BMW 7 Series is the largest series-produced car the brand has ever built, but he use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic – pioneered in the i lineup – as well as steel and aluminium means the car is lighter by 130 kilograms compared to the previous generation.

BMW’s iDrive says has been enhanced. It now has a 10.25-inch touch display, although it can still be used with the traditional dial controller. IT also now receives as standard BMW gesture control, which is being premiered in the new BMW 7 Series. By making specific hand movements in the vicinity of the centre console, where they are registered by a 3D sensor, commonly used infotainment system functions can be controlled very intuitively and conveniently.

The various gestures serve, for instance, to adjust the audio volume, control the 3D view display and accept or reject incoming phone calls. There is also a further set gesture whose associated function can be individually defined from a selection of possible functions, such as navigation to the home address or deactivation of the screen.

Excellence and M Sport packages are optional.

Standard specification on both models includes 2-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling and Dynamic Damper Control. There is also an Integral Active Steering system and the Executive Drive Pro system with active roll stabilisation and data-based predictive function, standard on the 750i and available as an option on the 740d xDrive.

Also new to the model are laserLight headlights, which had its production-model world premiere in the BMW i8, provideing a high-beam range of 600 metres.

“The new BMW 7 Series introduces a host of world-first technical innovations to the New Zealand luxury automotive market, such as Gesture Control, Laserlight and the impressive new remote control parking,” says BMW Group New Zealand managing director, Florian Renndorfer.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer the dynamic new 740d xDrive, which provides outstanding surefootedness thanks to its all-wheel drive capability,” says Renndorfer.

“However, it’s difficult to escape the pure emotion and unadulterated sheer driving pleasure associated with the BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 petrol engine available in the range-topping BMW 750i.”

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