Tuningwerk BMW 7 Series
The Munich-based tuners from Tuningwrek have released their upgrade program for the BMW 7-Series F02 Long Version. After the improvements they’ve made, the engine of the car outputs 720 hp while the maximum torque is 1,090 Nm, enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h.
Tuningwerk BMW 7 Series
The engine can be linked to either a 5- or 6-speed automatic gearbox and the car has been equipped with a carbon ceramic brake system that has 396mm ceramic brake disks for the front axle while the disks in the back axle are a little bit smaller. After installing the new braking system, they’ve managed to lower the weight of the car by approximately 70 kg. An additional 50 kg were shaved off by implementing a lightweight sports exhaust system along with carbon front and side body sills.
Tuningwerk BMW 7 Series
The full power upgrade will set you back 198,000 Euros but there is a smaller upgrade that lifts the power of the engine to “only” 530 hp and 740 Nm. This one costs 168,900 Euros and it allows the 7-Series to reach 62 mph from start in 4.2 seconds, en route to a maximum speed of 310 km/h.
Source: Tuningwrek via Inside Line
BMW 7-Series By Mansory
You know by now that rpmGO doesn’t really like the tuning programs developed by Mansory because we think that they have the tendency to exaggerate and roll out flashy cars. This BMW 7-Series is an exception, as it looks very good in my opinion. The car has been fitted with a new aerodynamic kit that includes a front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights, along with a new carbon grille.
BMW 7-Series By Mansory
It also got a roof spoiler, a new apron, plus a rear diffuser and integrated stainless steel quad pipes from the new installed exhaust system. This upgrade program is available for both the F01 and F02 7-Series.
BMW 7-Series By Mansory
They offer performance upgrades for both the 750i and the 760Li, which is the extended wheelbase version. For the first one, the V8 twin-turbo 4.4-liter can get a remap of the ECU and a sport air filter, increasing the engine’s output to 483 hp (490 PS / 360 kW) and 531 lb.-ft (720 Nm), which is significantly more than the standard 402 hp (408 PS / 300 kW) and 440 lb.-ft (600 Nm).
BMW 7-Series By Mansory
Moving on, the 760Li with its massive V12 twin-turbo 6.0-liter engine can output 631 hp (640 PS / 470 kW) and 678 lb.-ft (920 Nm) torque, up from the standard 537 hp (544 PS / 400 kW) and 550 lb.-ft (750 Nm). With this extra oomph under the bonnet, the car can do the 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.2 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds quicker than the standard version.
BMW 7-Series By Mansory
Mansory has fitted the 7-Series with a brand new set of 10×22-inch wheels, covered by 265/35R22 performance tires in the front, and 295/30R22 in the back.
BMW 7-Series By Mansory
As far as the cabin is concerned they’ve installed a new ergonomically-designed, sport steering wheel that doesn’t have BMW’s logo (kind of rude in my opinion). Alcantra, leather, wood and carbon trims are all available for this 7-Series.
If you have an old BMW 750i lying around your garage and want to ruin it, here is a brilliant idea: create this hideous Rolls Royce Phantom clone that looks awful from every angle. This replica is based on what I consider to find one of the most elegant cars of the last 25 years: the BMW 7-Series E32, the models made in the late 80s and early 90s.
There are so many things wrong with this car that we do not know where to start from. The most terrible thing about it is without any doubt that awful Rolls Royce sticker on the steering wheel. Plus, those wheels have nothing to do on a car like this one (assuming that it is an original Rolls Royce) and you can see that are very cheap models from far away.
The only good thing about it is the engine itself, the one from the BMW 750i, a V12 unit.
If someone with really bad tastes wants to buy this Rolls Royce Phantom clone, the asking price for this beauty is $75,500. With this amount of money, you could actually buy the latest generation of the 7-Series or a whole bunch of other cars that look way better than this cheap looking imitation.
Photos via MotoFilm.pl
If some of you thought that this year we won’t be seeing ads like this one, you would be wrong. Only two weeks have passed and already Audi launched an ad where the Mercedes S-Class is put to “sleep”. This United States-market ad is in fact a prelude to Audi’s highly anticipated new Super Bowl ad which will air on February 6th, during Super Bowl Sunday.
Audi’s “goodnight” ad is at the moment airing on several cable channels across the US and is aired on FOX and CBS during the NFL playoffs.
In my opinion, the ad is not very clever because there is nothing subtle in it as we can clearly state the obvious: the Audi A8 puts to bed the Mercedes S-Class along with the rest of the “outdated” luxury vehicles as Audi sees their new A8 model as “progressive luxury.”
Of course, we shouldn’t criticize Audi for trying to position itself as the new cool up-and-comer in the premium automotive segment. Taking into consideration that their sales are less than half in comparison to rivals BMW and Mercedes in the United States, they need to pull out the big guns to catch up.
I for one wouldn’t be surprised if both BMW and Mercedes will come up with their own ads as a response to this one.
Here we are at the final part of our extensive article where we will conclude the top 50 of the worst cars in all history. If you aren’t up to date with the first 40, you will find the others parts here: 1, 2, 3 and 4. In the first parts we have seen them all: some big cars, some small cars, others were very beautiful, others not so much. Keep reading to find the other ten left; there are a couple of surprises.
Speaking of, you never thought that the Ford Explorer was eligible for this top. Most of you will disagree with the reason why we included it here. First of all, remember that the Explorer is the best-selling passenger vehicle in North America for over 14 years. It is a car very beloved especially by moms who enjoy picking up their kids with this popular SUV. The reason for including it is not because of the Firestone tire controversy as some of you might expect. The reason is because the Ford Explorer is responsible for setting United States on the spiral of automotive obesity that we are very much still contending it today. After the Explorer, cars got bigger and bigger as most of us believe that a big bad car is safer (which is not entirely true). We now have cars that haven’t heard about the term fuel-efficiency and some of them are just too big, like the Hummer, both the H2 and the H3.
The EV1 was introduced by General Motors back in 1997 and it was without exaggerating, a marvel of engineering. It was by far the best electric car of those times and it promised that pretty soon, electric cars will going to replace our piston-powered engine vehicles. First of all, the reason why it is worthy of a place here is because it didn’t live up to that promise as it was very expensive to make, the battery technology in the late 90s was nowhere near ready to replace our conventional cars. In addition, the EV1 was an uberlight 2-seater, not to the liking of the Americans.
While some of you make like the design, we hate it – the Plymouth Prowler was the project of mid 90s new powerful computer tools that were capable of high-zoot projects that in the past wouldn’t have recovered the development costs. The design of the Plymouth was inspired (or even stolen) by a retro-roadster design by Chip Foose and made this car look like a dry-lake speedster from the 22nd century. We mentioned hotrod, well it wasn’t. Packing a run-of-the-mill 3.5-liter V6 engine that churned 250 hp, it wasn’t fast at all. In addition, this power unit was linked to an automatic transmission, which means that it wasn’t able to lay down the requisite stripes of hot rubber.
Here is in my opinion one of the ugliest cars in the world – the Fiat Multipla. The name was used by the Italian company for the first time in the 1950s and 1960s for a microvan which was based on the lovely 600 model. The one that was launched in 1998 was nothing like its predecessors. With its very strange front appearance that looks like it had several sets of eyes, the Multipla also had a very bulky cabin.
General Motors had the Hummer H2 while Ford had the Excursion, which was (and still is in production), a gigantic sport utility vehicle that is based on the firm’s Super Duty truck platform. It has a weight of 7,000 lbs and measures almost 19 ft. long and 6.5 ft. tall! Enough said.
Jaguar needed a car to compete against the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series. Based on the Ford Mondeo platform, the company launched an entry-level model – the X-Type. In their struggle to turn a FWD compact car into an AWD sports sedan, the British ran smack into the limits of platform engineering. The car that resulted after this project is the British version of the Cadillac Cimarron, a financial disaster for Jaguar. The car wasn’t that bad but ruined the Jaguar name.
Here is another ugly car, the Pontiac Aztek. In the concept version, the car looked very cool but the production model was reduced to a bulky, plastic-clad automotive mess. The car was a pretty good crossover but judging by its appearance, you had to be pretty insane to buy one.
Here is another one that most of you will not agree with us, the BMW 7-Series. Why? Because of that annoying iDrive rotary dial/joystick controller located on the center console that made BMW owners pull out their hair. This thing was very hard to work with and sometimes, borderline impossible. Its second flaw was that awful-looking bubble butt. Other than that, the car was astonishing! Good thing that with the new generation they have redesigned the back of the car which looks great and they also updated the iDrive system.
We mentioned the Hummer before; it had to make it into our list. The H2 deserves a spot in our top because of its awful looks and the fact that it does about 10 miles per gallon. If you are looking for a road-eligible tank, the Hummer H2 is the solution.
The last car from our article is the Chevy SSR. Although Chrysler and General Motors are in the same town, the latter didn’t learn from the Prowler disaster. GM decided to make the Chevy SSR, which was an awesome-looking hotrod slash pickup that had a composite body as well as a cool convertible top. Due to the fact that the car borrowed the mechanicals and the chassis from GM’s corporate midsize sport utility vehicle program, the car was very heavy and underpowered, making it very lazy on the road. Although Chevrolet upgraded the SSR in the years to come, it was too late.
This concludes our extensive article about 50 of the worst cars ever made. We hope that you liked it.
While the ink has barely dried on the sale of Volvo from Ford to Geely, future plans are already being made by the Swedish automaker’s new chairman, Li Shufu.
The Chinese executive, who is also the founder and co-chair of Geely, has revealed that Volvo needs a flagship limousine, in order to rival German models like the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S Class or the Audi A8.
According to Shufu, Volvo had a tough time developing such a model under Ford ownership, as such a car would have rivaled another Ford brand, Jaguar (now owned by India’s Tata Motors). Geely, on the other hand, definitely wants such a limousine to be produced, and will slot it in above the current S80 (pictured above).
Why does the new ownership want this? Because its native Chinese market always loves a big sedan, as highlighted by the massive sales models like the BMW 7 or 5 Series, Volkswagen Phaeton or the Audi A8 record in that territory. As such, Volvo should definitely get in on the action as soon as possible.
Li Shufu does admit that this is currently just his idea, and the new board of Volvo needs to be convinced of the benefits such a car would bring.
Even though it revealed the US-spec Alpina B7 luxury limousine at the Chicago Auto Show last month, BMW isn’t slowing down, and has just revealed that the B7 will be making an appearance at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
Don’t go thinking it will just be driven from Chicago to NY, as the company will add the xDrive system to the Alpina B7 lineup of models. And for the more naive BMW 1 Series owners, xDrive does mean all-wheel drive, instead of the regular rear-wheel drive setup of the already announced B7 models.
As the regular ones, it will be available in both standard and long wheelbase formats. Power will arrive from the same 4.4-liter V8 engine, developing over 500 HP under the hood of the exclusive limousine. Expect more details when the New York show opens at the end of the month.
G-Power has just unveiled its newest tuning project regarding a model from BMW, tackling the top-of-the-range car in the 7 Series lineup, the 760i.
After quite a few modifications, including a remapped ECU, an optimized eight-speed transmission and, most importantly, a new set of turbochargers from ASA which replace the regular BMW ones, the 6.0-liter V12 engine under the bonnet of the G-Power 760i Storm now develops a whopping 715 HP and 738 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque.
This massive increase in power will get the big Bavarian saloon from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds, and up to 214 mph (345 km/h). Such feats are attainable also due to the special aerodynamic body kit the G-Power team fitted. It includes a front skirt, new bonnet, side skirts, lighter doors, and a rear diffuser plus spoiler. The ride height has been dropped by 30mm and the car is now sitting on 22-inch wheels with Michelin performance tires.
Only 10 such G-Power 760i Storm units will be made, so get your order in as fast as possible.
Usually tuning companies release their aftermarket packages with plenty of space in-between, but Wald International took a radically different approach and revealed not one but five new tuning projects.
The packages, all aimed at exclusive luxury sedans, are certain to make plenty of people excited. As such, BMW 7 Series, Infiniti M (Nissan Fuga in Japan), Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera and Rolls Royce Ghost owners should start saving up for when these packages will appear. Sadly though, the Japanese tuning group didn’t reveal any concrete details about what the kits will contain, but judging from these pics, new body kits as well as a few other cosmetic enhancements have all been added.
Hit the gallery below to see all of the modifications Wald International made to these luxury sedans.
Photo Gallery: Wald International Luxury Sedan Tuning
During the last few weeks, the upcoming Detroit Auto Show has been namechecked in almost any new car or concept announcement, being the place to be for any carmaker which wants to reveal something new for the North American market.
But BMW hasn’t forgot about the Chicago Auto Show, and has just revealed that it will be bringing back the Alpina B7, based on the new F01 generation of the 7 Series. The bespoke edition will offer an upgraded engine, as the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 now outputs over 500 HP, as opposed to the stock 400, and the torque rating is at 516 lb-ft. 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time is now pegged at around 4.5 seconds, which is quite impressive, given the weight of the bulky limousine.
In terms of visual upgrades, the Alpina B7, which will be offered in both standard and long wheelbase editions, will feature a set of 21-inch, 20-spoke wheels, wrapped in special Michelin PS2 tires. A bigger front air dam, as well as a rear bootlid spoiler will be included, while on the inside drivers and passengers will be treated to upgraded leather upholstery and wooden inserts.
Set to be released on the US market in spring, prices have yet to be announced. Look forward to February’s Chicago Auto Show for more details.
What do you get when you combine a luxury yet quite powerful limousine like the BMW 7 Series with the “craziness” of Arab thrill-seekers? A new video showcasing the powersliding/drifting capabilities of the Bavarian limousine of course!
While you can’t actually call it drifting, as the drivers just jerk the steering wheel and hope everything turns out alright, it’s still an interesting sight to behold. Hit the jump to see just what rich Arabs do with the BMW 7 Series, which we also had a chance to test drive recently.
North American fans of the BMW 7 Series will be happy to hear that the Bavarian company has just announced that it will be offering a new engine in its luxury limousine lineup: the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 unit, which will join the 4.4-liter V8 and the 6.0-liter V12 engines which were already available for the North American market.
Set to follow in the steps of BMW’s new EfficientDynamics philosophy of replacing bigger, naturally-aspirated units with smaller, turbocharged engines, it will be featured on the 2011 740i and the 740Li, and will produce 315 HP with 330 lb-ft of torque. These models will also boast technologies like the brake energy regeneration one, which is a first for non-hybrid BMWs in the US, and will see the engine paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Expect the two new models to be showcased at the Detroit Auto Show, which will begin in January, 2010.
With the new generation launched last year, the BMW 7 Series represents the flagship of the Bavarian carmaker and, although we’ve tested the 750i at the beginning of summer, we were very curious to see how a diesel engine would do under the bonnet of the German limousine. And not just any diesel, but the most powerful in the entire BMW lineup; now let’s see how impressed we were:
Although it was launched last year, the new 7 Series isn’t exactly the cheapest model, so the streets aren’t filled with them yet, meaning that a certain admiration is still received by the car. After the last generation, which in my opinion was a complete failure (in any way you can think of), the current 7 Series seems like a breath of fresh air. Although it still keeps the robustness (and not in a good way) of the old model, the BMW designers managed to smooth out the lines and to give it a more “human” look. When you see it (and especially after you get in), you get the impression you’ll be sailing in a boat, and not a car designed for normal traffic, in or outside the city. But, as opposed to the previous yacht, the new one resembles a speed boat.
Actually, I think that BMW tried to compromise elegance with sportiness, and managed to pull it off. The first thing that pops in is the rear end, which looks very, very good. The taillamps are quite elegant (with the mini-neons already emblematic to BMW rears), and contrast with the two sporty exhaust pipes, which let you know that you’ve got some power under the bonnet. Although the front end didn’t blow me away, you can’t help but notice the huge nose, pushed forward, giving the car a very aggressive shark look.
As I’ve said, the first feeling you get when ‘climbing’ into the 7 Series is that you’ve entered a boat. You immediately feel like a small emperor, and it ain’t so bad, to tell you the truth. Although at first sigh you might be disappointed. Why? Because one would expect, especially on the flagship, to see something interesting and different on the dashboard. Let’s take Mercedes-Benz for example…when you wake up in an S Class, you immediately know in what car you are, and don’t need to get out and look at the car to figure out if you’re not in an E or C Class. Well in the BMW, besides the finishes (fabulous), the dashboard follows the same lines as the “smaller” Series. It might be what brought BMW the best financial results last year, among the luxury carmakers, but it kinda loses the “I’m Special” feeling. And when you’re paying 113,000 Euros ($165,000) on a such a car, well you most definitely want to feel special.
But when you see all of its options, you immediately know you’re in the best of the best: heated and ventilated Comfort seats, electronically adjustable and memory for both the front and the back seat passengers, control buttons with ceramic frames, back seats with massage, the coolest wood insertions I have ever seen and digital displays for climate and trip computer (integrate quite nicely). And if we busted our hands trying to close the doors on the 750i, this model had the Soft-Close function, which means magnetic doors (for the doors and for the trunk), very useful when you’re dealing with quite heavy doors. What I also enjoyed was the fact that it was the second car, after the Mini Cooper S Cabrio, which had the cruise control buttons on the wheel, instead of the classic little lever in the back of the steering wheel. It’s very fun, and gives a PlayStation-feel when you’re adjusting the speed from the buttons, without pushing any pedals. Last but not least, the car also has … cupholders!
The iDrive is still iDrive, meaning it’s easy to use and very handy. Also, there’s a nifty little thing I first saw on the xDrive Tour a few weeks ago and eagerly awaited to try out: the Night Vision. What does it do? Long story short, it scans the area (300 meters radius) in front of the car with infrared and, depending on the heat it detects, reveals what’s in front of you, on the road. The more heat the object/person in front of the car radiates, the whiter it appears on the display. And it does another cool thing…it detects pedestrians. If one is dangerously close to your trajectory, the display flashes yellow lights to attract your attention. While it’s very fun at first, I thought it was very distracting, but after a while you get used to it and it becomes a great tool especially on roads frequented by drunks who think they own the street (like it happens here, in Romania).
I only experienced the back seats for a short time, but according to those who stayed there longer (including me) the BMW 7 Series is basically made for the back passengers. You’ve got climate controls, seat controls, massage, entertainment system, headphones sockets and displays incorporated in the front seats (sadly I didn’t have TV reception, like I did with the X6). At one point, you can choose to have all the iDrive control, so the driver can’t interfere with the music you play, for example.
On the road
If part of what I observed earlier I also saw on the 750i as well, the biggest curiosity was the road behaviour. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 3-liter straight-six engine (the most powerful diesel from BMW) which develops 306 HP (225 kW) between 1,500 and 4,400 rpm and 600 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. Although it’s not small, you do have to consider the car which weighs around 2 tons. But the 740d doesn’t disappoint. You won’t feel like Michael Schumacher but the power is adequate for all your needs. The car easily sprints up to 210-230 km/h (130-140 mph), but if you really want to reach the electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph), it will struggle a bit. But you won’t really buy a 7 Series to take it racing, so in terms of normal speeds, 130-140 km/h (80-90 mph), the car will offer a smooth ride.
The handling is great, and, by far, the most interesting thing is the Dynamic Drive, which offers four driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+. You’ve got a button (quite handy), where you select one of these modes and have different settings for the gearbox, throttle response, steering response, suspension settings and stability and traction control. If you won’t notice many differences between the Comfort, Normal and Sport, the true fun lies with the Sport+ one without traction control. Practically, in that moment only a tiny bit of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is on, a guardian angel If you will, to protect you from hitting a tree. But besides that, you’re on your own, and considering the fact that there isn’t an xDrive system, all the power goes to the rear wheels without any hesitation. It’s pretty impressive to see a 2 ton ‘tank’ drifting and doing donuts as easily as a Honda S2000. Of course, lacking the xDrive, there are some moments when you’d want to have it, so I guess it all depends on the customers’ tastes: you want ‘no worries driving’, go for the xDrive, you want excitement, cut it off the list. And speaking of handling, besides the fact that parking it is not the easiest thing (it’s hard to control it in an underground parking, and you’ll easily occupy two spaces), the 740d is quite agile in traffic, and easy to maneuver between tight spaces.
On the other hand, when your suicidal instincts are over and you select the Comfort mode, the BMW 7 Series becomes a true yacht on wheels. Smooth ride, no noise whatsoever and you can even take it on a farming field and you’ll still have a smooth ride. You might even get so relaxed as to fall asleep, but don’t worry, you’ll soon wake up … to fuel up the car. Of course the 740d, as with all top-of-the-line new BMW, comes with the EfficientDynamics package, including the brake energy regeneration system, which uses the energy from braking and takes it back to the battery. But although the official figures say something about a combined cycle consumption of around 6.8 liters/100 km (34 US mpg), I drove around 1,000 km, half in the city half outside, and got 14 liters/100 km (16 US mpg). It’s double, but considering the power and the weight of the car and the way I drove it, it isn’t that shocking.
Although we don’t have an equal to compare it to (we haven’t tested an Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S Class or Lexus LS), but when you drive a car costing 95,622 Euros ($140,000), withough taxes (no matter what version), you expect only the best. That is what the 740d offers. Great options, good performance (not the best, but sufficient), decent fuel consumption and great maneuverability make this car a serious option for anyone in the target.
We liked: -the quality of the finish; -Dynamic Drive, especially the Sport+ model; -Night Vision;
– no xDrive.
We didn’t like: -lack of dashboard identity; -although leather-wrapped, the steering wheel is quite thin and uncomfortable;
– no xDrive.
BMW 740d specifications:
Weight: 1,950 kg (4,299 pounds)
Engine: 6-cylinders 3.0 liter (2,993 cmc), 225 hp (306 kW) at 4,400 rpm, 600 Nm at 1,500-2,500 rpm
Performance: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds and top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph)
Fuel consumption (urban/extra-urban/combined): 9.0 / 7.5 / 6.9 (liters per 100 km) or 26 / 31 / 34 (US mpg)
The German tuner Hamann has released the first details and photos of their new tuning program for BMW’s flagship, the new 7 Series. The program includes an aerodynamic pack featuring new front skirt with integrated LED daytime running lights, new Hamann side skirts, rear shield insert optionally available for the 730d and the 740i, new roof spoiler and rear spoiler. The car’s sporty look is further improved by the four round stainless steel end pipes with a diameter of 90 mm and by the one-piece Hamann Design HM EVO 22 inch aluminium wheels, available in a glossy black paint finish.
Under the hood, Hamann engineers are currently working on a performance enhamncement for the 730d, which boosts the diesel engine’s power output by 45 hp (33 kW), resulting a total output of 245 hp (180 kW). Handling was improved by using four progressively coiled chassis springs which lower the car by 40 mm (available for the 730d and the 740i), while the 750i and the 750Li models will get a lowering kit consisting of two chassis springs and an evening kit.
Photo Gallery: BMW 7 Series tuning by Hamann
German tuner Hamann released a set of photos showing new sets of wheels for the Maserati GranTurismo and for the new BMW 7 Series. But don’t imagine that Hamann got lazy and has only been on working on these wheels, because they actually preview the tuning programs for both vehicles. The Maserati is fitted with new 21 inch EDITION RACE wheels (FA 9.0Jx21 with tyres 245/30ZR21 and RA 12.5Jx21 with tyres 345/45ZR21), while the BMW, though not the most good looking car around, looks pretty good with the black wheels. Enjoy the photos!
Photo Gallery: Maserati GranTurismo Hamann wheels
Photo Gallery: New BMW 7 Series Hamann wheels