click to enlargeAlthough the final product may be slightly different than seen above, we anticipate the new model will be more of an evolution of the current shape rather than a total redesign.The current 7-series is available in Australia as a 740i and 750i as well as the long-wheel-base 740Li, 750Li and 760Li. Power plants range from the 4.0-litre V8 (225kW) in the 740i, 270kW 4.8-litre V8 in the 750i and a massive 6.0-litre V12 (327kW) in the range topping $346,000 760Li.There are rumours from BMW insiders that the company might launch an M variant of the new 7 series, powered by a tuned version of the V12 found in the 760Li.The current 7 Series has caused a lot of controversy with its Bangle-butt design but it has been a sales success for the German manufacturer. As far as records go, it is the most successful incarnation in the model’s history.
The new model faces a stronger list of competitors, not only will it have to compete with the S-Class Mercs, but it will now battle the Lexus LS 600hL V8 Hybrid. The new 7-series is expected to hit European showrooms later this year.
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