E32 – The Second Generation BMW 7 Series – Video

Videos | November 16th, 2014 by 8
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Next year, BMW will unveil the next generation BMW 7 Series giving us the perfect setup to take a look back into the history of …

Next year, BMW will unveil the next generation BMW 7 Series giving us the perfect setup to take a look back into the history of BMW’s flagship sedan.

The second generation of the BMW 7 Series (E32) is released in 1987. The idea was to create an elegant and dynamic vehicle for the business class. For the first time in BMW history, the typical L-shaped rear lights appeared at the BMW 7 Series.

Some luxury options included integrated telephone and fax machines, a wine cooler, double glazing, traction control system, and a system that automatically increased spring pressure on the windscreen wipers, to keep them firmly pressed on the glass at Motorway speeds.

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Initially the engine choices were all six-cylinder petrol, as per the previous generation. In 1987 a V12 engine was introduced. In 1992, V8 engines were added to the lineup (730i and 740i). The E32 (750i) was the first car adhering to BMW’s self-imposed speed limit of 250 km/h (155.37 mph).

The E32 also introduced the extended wheelbase version (indicated by an ‘L’ from German Lang, after the model number) with extra rear leg room compared to the standard 7-series.

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The styling is credited to then-chief stylist Ercole Spada and Hans Kerschbaum working under the guidance of then-chief designer Claus Luthe. Design work began in late 1979, in which by 1983 1:1 scale models were presented and frozen in 1984 for 1986 production.

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Production of the BMW E32 series concluded in 1995 with a total of 311,068 units built.

Here is a video featuring Hans Kerschbaum who explains the E32 7 Series.

[Source: Wiki]

8 responses to “E32 – The Second Generation BMW 7 Series – Video”

  1. Its design is so neat, personal yet classic. It is an icon not just at BMW but has been overall a guideline for all designers. It still represents a benchmark imo on how to enhance perceived quality, such as a “seamless” solution between metal panels or metal panels and plastic components with nearly a close to zero gap between parts.

  2. Jack says:

    So estately!

  3. Stan Channing says:

    I was lucky enough to stumble upon a diamond in the rough, a 1990 750iL with the ultra rare (for E32’s especially) Highline package, and just under 40,000 km on the clock. It’s taken a year or two of restoration work, but it is one of the most rewarding cars I’ve ever owned. It drives like a giant, floating, German missile down the highway. Tech like Electronic Dampening Control (aka EDC), Self-levelling rear suspension and Automatic Stability Control (aka ASC) were the height of new technology in the late 80’s. The rear cooler box, 2+2 seating with rear heat/power and a completely separate HVAC system (with its own AC compressor/heating) in the rear meant that whoever the gentleman was that purchased the car (I still am trying to track him down) was a man of means… a lot of means. :)

    The Highline package in 1990 was about 20-25 thousand DM over the price of a ‘regular’ 750iL, putting total purchase price in today’s inflation-adjusted dollars at right around 200K. What a machine.

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