New 2013 BMW 7 Series: Raising the Bar Again
The BMW 7 series has always boasted the highest level of luxury/performance mixed under one roof. With the 2013 model, nothing has changed but it’s getting even better. The 2013 BMW 7 series boasts numerous upgrades from head to toe and claims to lead the vehicle class it is in. Of course every company would say this but one look at the changes in the 2013 model, it easy see they might just be right.
Like all new models, there is a price jump but with that you get some impressive new features and options. The one that caught my eye is the newly designed iDrive system. If you have ever had to go through the pain of using iDrive, you can understand the excitement many of us BMW owners will have over this. Coupled with a significantly updated dash design, this is an upgrade BMW was long overdue for.
Other impressive improvements includes a new drive train and updated 8-speed transmission. In numerous models across the board, 7 gears has been standard but BMW has previously released its 8 gear transmission sometime ago so this just icing on the cake. Every driver will benefit from a smoother ride, improved performance and best of all, fuel savings (nearly 20% savings without sacrificing power).
BMW has also actively pursued hybrid technology and the new 7 series is the first wield the tech’s 2nd generation. Components includes a 55hp synchronous electric motor, hybrid-spec 8-speed transmission, lithium ion high-performance batteries which all run through an efficient energy management system. Producing a top speed of 37mph on electric motor only, the car will travels approximately 2.5 miles without making a sound or producing emissions.
BMW fans who are familiar with the “M” setting you find in BMW’s performance line will enjoy the newest branch of this concept. The new 7 series incorporates several dynamic modes including ECO PRO, COMFORT +, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT +. Each mode offers various settings that will harness each of the different facets of the car to the best of its ability.
Keeping up with their claims, this BMW offers a brand new Dynamic Damper Control. While not new technology, BMW’s regineering gave this car something unlike any other at this time.
The 7 Series is the world’s first car to feature an electronically controlled damping system whose shock absorbers are adjusted individually at each wheel based on the condition of the road surface and the driving style.
The features I’ve listed so far are far from completing the full list that BMW provided us for this years flagship model. We don’t know about you but we think this is one impressive car. Other features include numerous areas of redesign such as adaptive LED headlights, enhanced iDrive integration, soundproofing, ambient lighting, integral active steering and coasting mode.
Oh, did I forget to mention coasting mode? When you set your 7 series into ECO PRO mode and cruise between 30 – 100mph, the engine will decouple itself and be decelerating similar to a manual transmission car in neutral. What does this mean to you? Even more savings in gas money!
Yes, the 7 series does come at a price tag where gas is probably not your biggest concern but hey, we love the the environment here at MCP too.
Be sure to check out the official photo release from BMW below!
Source: BMW USA News
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