BMW's fourth-generation 7 Series to make its world debut this fall (06/28/2001)
BMW's fourth-generation 7 Series makes its world debut in Frankfurt this September and goes on sale in Europe in November. The 2002 745i will make its U.S. debut at the Detroit auto show in January and goes on sale in the States later that month.
The 4.4-liter V8 in the 745i shares displacement with its predecessor, but technical advancements abound. The engine features variable valve timing, valve lift and intake tube length, which combine to produce 326 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, along with a 14 percent improvement in fuel economy. The engine is mated to the world's first production six-speed automatic, controlled by shift-by-wire technology and operated by a short stalk on the steering column and buttons on the steering wheel. The drivetrain produces a 0-to-62-mph time of 6.3 seconds. The new 7 uses an all-aluminum suspension with active antiroll bars to reduce body "lean."
In June look for the longer-wheelbase 760Li, with 5.5 inches of added rear-seat room. The 760Li will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12.
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