2008 LA Auto Show: 2009 BMW 7-Series makes its debut

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2008

The BMW 7-Series is an all-new fifth generation vehicle that radiates a natural presence, inborn sportiness and a stylishness that is the result of precision in concept and execution. A fresh V-8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers demonstrates BMW EfficientDynamics at the highest possible level of performance.

Powering the all-new fifth generation of the BMW 7-Series is a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that is capable of generating up to 400 hp of output and up to 450 lb-ft of torque. Supporting the capabilities of the new 7-series are a number of latest, special BMW driver-assistance systems and comfort-related attributes add more to a truly extraordinary driving and riding experience.

In the interior, the fifth generation of the BMW 7-Series provides an ambiance that is luxurious, of transcendent quality and, most importantly, welcoming. The driver-oriented control center highlights Black Panel technology.

In addition, the fifth-generation of the BMW 7-Series offers more functionality than ever before, as they now more comfortably and practically accessible to the driver from the proximity of the multi-function steering wheel.

Interestingly, the latest BMW 7-Series is the first passenger car with multi-link double-wishbone front suspension. The current Integral V rear suspension integrates expansive utilization of aluminum. On the long wheelbase BMW 750Li, self-leveling air suspension is typical.

Also new and a world first, is the Integral Active Steering, which adds speed-sensitive rear-wheel steering. With the standard Driving Dynamics Control, the driver of the latest BMW 7-Series can opt between four adaptations for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shift characteristics, engine-throttle reaction and power-steering assistance.

An assortment of ground-breaking driver-assist choices unique in the luxury segment as also found in the latest evolution of the BMW 7-Series. These include of Active Cruise Control with new stop-and-go capability, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection and Head-up Display, as well as High Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with new Pedestrian Detection, Side View and Back-up Cameras. All of these will make the current 7 once more the standard for performance, luxury, efficiency and safety when it arrives in the United States early next year.

The Los Angeles Auto Show is held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center usually in late November early December. It is typically open to the public for 10 days and occupies up to 760,000 square feet (71,000 square meters) of exhibit space. The LA Auto Show Sanctioned by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles and endorsed by the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association.

The inaugural LA Auto Show was held in 1907, with around 99 vehicles displayed at Morley’s Skating Rink.

Press Release

North American debuts for all-new BMW 7 Series

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 19, 2008... BMW today showcased a wide range of models and technologies as part of its ongoing EfficientDynamics strategy that exemplifies the German firm's commitment to reducing harmful emissions and to help protect the environment. Rather than focus on just a few models and one or two types of technology, BMW applies its principles to all of its vehicles using a wide variety of technologies.

Immediately prior to their market launch in the US and Canada, the 335d Sedan and the X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle(R), featuring BluePerformance technology, are being presented to the public in California. Parallel to the North American debut of the all-new BMW 7 Series, the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid, BMW's second ActiveHybrid Concept, the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, will also be seen in Los Angeles. Also featured will be the updated 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon.

BMW 7 Series again sets the benchmark

The all-new fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series radiates a natural presence, inherent sportiness and an elegance born of precision in concept and execution. A new V-8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers expresses BMW EfficientDynamics at the highest level of performance. The 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 delivers 400 hp and 450lb-ft of torque. New, exclusive BMW driver-assistance systems and comfort-related features further add to a truly exceptional driving and riding experience.

Inside the new 7, the ambiance is luxurious, of transcendent quality and - most important of all - inviting. The driver-oriented control center features Black Panel technology. More functions than ever are conveniently accessible to the driver from the multi-function steering wheel.

The new 7 is BMW's first passenger car with multi-link double-wishbone front suspension. The new Integral V rear suspension incorporates extensive use of aluminum. On the long wheelbase 750Li, self-leveling air suspension is standard. Also new, and a world premiere: Integral Active Steering, which adds speed-sensitive rear-wheel steering. With the standard Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can choose between four settings for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shift characteristics, engine-throttle response and power-steering assist.

An array of innovative driver-assistance options unique in the luxury segment includes Active Cruise Control with new stop-and-go capability, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Head-up Display, High Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with new Pedestrian Detection, Side View and Back-up Cameras.

All of this will make the new 7 once again the benchmark for performance, luxury, efficiency and safety when it arrives in the US in early 2009.

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