Apparently we are not the only ones that believe the upcoming, all new-redesigned 2009 BMW 7 Series represents a major technological step for BMW and not only.
In a recent analysis, Jonathan Spira, a Technology Editor at BMWCCA, shared a similar opinion and gave us a detailed description of all the technology whistle and bells that the new 7 brings to the table.
Also, just a few days ago, you have the opportunity of watching a promo video released by BMW, in which the technology is exemplified through some video scenes. I highly recommend this video since it will give you a better understanding of what BMW has done and what to expect from the 7er.
Just a few days later, a complex, well detailed and in-depth article, was posted by Telegraph UK, and it’s a great read that will give you a better understanding of the several features found in the 2009 BMW 7 Series.
IAS: Integral Active Steering (optional, but essential). Following a similarly equipped car through slow corners, you can see its rear wheels turn slightly, following the same arc as the front wheels (ie turning in the opposite direction), reducing the turning circle by more than 27in. As Arnold Kistler, 7-series model development manager, said: “Anybody who has ever manoeuvred a large car in an underground garage or under similar conditions will definitely appreciate this feature as a significant improvement in comfort.”
What about at higher speeds?
When travelling faster, IAS’s electronically monitored system turns the rear wheels up to three degrees in the same direction as the fronts; the front-wheel steering angle is also adjusted when necessary. The new 7 feels as nimble as a 3-series on the move.
As standard, the car has Dynamic Damper Control including Dynamic Driving Control. Responding to road conditions and driving style, this infinitely adjusts bump and rebound, preventing excessive reactions to surface irregularities or fast lateral acceleration.