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2003 BMW 7 Series
Lou Ann Hammond
The V-12 BMW 760Li makes its North American debut at the North American International Auto Show.
This fall it will join the 745i, which goes on sale later this month and the long wheelbase 745Li, which arrives in March.
The new BMW 7 Series points the way to the future of the luxury/performance sedan. The fourth generation BMW flagship sets new benchmarks for performance, luxury, design and safety with a multitude of technological highlights, an innovative vehicle control concept and dynamic interior and exterior styling.
ALL NEW V12 FEATURES VALVETRONIC AND DIRECT GAS INJECTION
The new flagship 760Li is the first BMW to feature direct gasoline injection supplementing VALVETRONIC technology. The combination of these technologies allows superior horsepower and torque combined with outstanding fuel economy.
The all-new 6.0-liter, 60¦ aluminium V12 engine will develop more than 408 bhp and maximum torque of approximately 442 lb-ft (European ratings). Like the new V8, this new 12-cylinder features not only BMW’s innovative VALVETRONIC, but also four-valve technology and fully variable bi-VANOS camshaft control.
EQUALLY REVOLUTIONARY V8 IN THE 745i AND 745Li
The 4.4-liter V8 in the 745i and 745Li may share displacement with its predecessor, but technical advancements abound. Power, flexibility and efficiency are optimized through a level of variability never before seen. Valve timing (via Double VANOS), valve lift (via VALVETRONIC) and, for the first time ever, intake tube length, all adapt continuously. This level of control enables the new V8 to set new standards for performance and efficiency. The new 4.4 liter V8 is rated at 325 horsepower and 330 lb-ft. of torque.
This revolutionary powerplant is mated to an equally revolutionary transmission - the world’:s first production six-speed automatic. It uses shift-by-wire technology and is operated by an all-new selector behind the steering wheel. This innovative drivetrain yields outstanding performance with a 0 - 60 mph time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
The BMW 7 Series is famous for its superlative blend of ride comfort and handling prowess. The new 7 combines a new all-aluminum suspension with Active Roll Stabilization. ARS improves handling by combining special sensors with two active anti-roll bars to reduce body "roll" or "lean".
THE BENCHMARK IN LUXURY AND DESIGN: THE iDRIVE CONCEPT
With iDrive, the new 7 presents a bold new concept for interaction between driver and automobile. In the course of this step into the future, innovative alternatives were even found for the gearshift lever and ignition key. Along with a unique array of functions, there is also a drastic reduction in and reorientation of controls.
The elements of immediate importance for driving are located in and around the steering wheel, and a few frequently used basic functions may be found in the center of the dashboard. Most of the other functions - including navigation, telephone, climate control and entertainment systems - are all controlled through an intuitively operated Controller, set in the center console, in concert with the Control Display, mounted high in the center of the dashboard for easy reference. iDrive means simple, safe operation of, and convenient access to, the myriad features at the driver’s disposal.
THE BENCHMARK IN SAFETY:
ISIS, HPS II, ACTIVE HEAD RESTRAINTS AND ACTIVE KNEE PROTECTION
Passive safety innovation has been a 7 Series hallmark. HPS II works with the optional rear side airbags to provide inflatable head protection for rear seat passengers as well as front. Active Head Restraints offer enhanced protection in rear impacts. In the U.S. the new 7 will feature Active Knee Protection with unique airbag protection for the knees of front seat passengers. Coordinating all of the passive safety systems is the Intelligent Safety and Information System. An evolution of BMW’s Integrated Deployment Logic, ISIS uses a variety of sensors to tailor the restraint systems’ response to a more precise reading of each impact.