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2009 BMW 7-Series Front
2009 BMW 7-Series Rear
2009 BMW 7-Series Interior
2009 BMW 7-Series Profile
With its 2009 redesign, BMW corrected several of the 7-Series’ few flaws, and added a host of useful high-tech features. Revamped iDrive is noteworthy for its ease of use. Competitors Audi A8, Lexus LS, and Mercedes S-Class all offer superior isolation from outside disturbances, nicer interior materials, and a more composed ride. Still, the 7-Series is a worthwhile contender, though it’s tough to recommend over those rival premium large sedans.
Redesigned for 2009, BMW’s 7-Series sedan gained freshened styling, more power, and a new version of the German company’s iDrive control system. The full-size, rear-wheel-drive 7-Series sedan lineup consisted of two models: the 750i and 750Li. L versions of BMW’s flagship sedan rode on a wheelbase that was 5.5 inches longer than that of the 750i. Both models were powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that made 400 horsepower. The sole transmission was a six-speed automatic, whose shifter moved from its previous location on the steering column to the center console.
Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, front and rear side airbags, knee airbags, and curtain side airbags. BMW’s Active Roll Stabilization, designed to counter body lean, was part of an optional Sport Package. So was new Integral Active Steering, which added speed-sensitive rear-wheel steering to BMW’s Active Steering system. All models continued to include steering-linked headlights, front- and rear-obstacle detection, and BMW Assist emergency and concierge service. Standard Dynamic Driving Control allowed the driver to adjust the suspension, throttle response, transmission shift characteristics, and power steering. A navigation system and wireless cell-phone link were standard, along with the new version of BMW’s iDrive control for audio, navigation, and climate settings.
Newly available for 2009 were blind-spot alert, a lane-departure warning, a head-up display, sideview and rearview cameras, and high beams that automatically dimmed when oncoming traffic was detected. Also new was a 40-gigabyte hard drive for the audio and navigation systems, which allowed for storage of up to 13 gigabytes of music files. MP3 player connectivity and satellite radio also were available. Also offered were a night-vision system, adaptive cruise control, and DVD entertainment. Keyless entry and starting also remained available. BMW’s 7-Series sedan competed against the Audi A8, Lexus LS, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
All-wheel drive became available on both body styles as the AWD 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive. A new top-end model also joined the lineup: the 760Li, unleashing a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that made 535 horsepower and mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rolling on distinctive 20-inch wheels, the 760Li had three choices of full-leather upholstery. Active Roll Stabilization and Integral Active Steering were standard on the 760Li and optional on other models. A new M Sport Package, available for all models, included a lift-reducing aero kit and 19-inch ultra-high performance tires (20-inch optional). With rear-drive, the M Package included Active Roll Stabilization. For BMW, the 2010 model year did not last as long as usual.
The 2011 BMW 7-Series lineup expanded further with the addition of several new models, including the entry-level 740i and 740Li, the sport-themed ALPINA B7, and the gas/electric ActiveHybrid 7. The 740s were powered by a 300-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six. ALPINA B7 had a 500-horsepower 4.4-liter turbocharged V8. ActiveHybrid paired a turbocharged V8 with an electric motor for a combined 455 horsepower.
There were no major changes to the BMW 7-Series for 2012.
It didn’t look much different than the 2012 model, but the 2013 7-Series saw a number of updates. The available V8 engine got more power, new transmissions were designed to increase fuel efficiency, the gas/electric ActiveHybrid 7’s drivetrain was new, and also there were cosmetic changes inside and out.
There wee no major changes to BMW 7-Series for 2014.