The new 2016 BMW 7 Series won’t be unveiled for another two days, but official images and technical specs have started to show up on the interwebs. Along with a new design, the G11/G12 7 Series also brings exciting new engines.
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BMW’s B57 and B58 diesel and petrol powerplants are the latest and greatest and will shortly be implemented in other BMW series cars as well, starting with the 3 Series Facelift. The new modular engines not only deliver more power, but also higher fuel efficiency, a trend we have seen within BMW fleet over the last few years.
2016 BMW 730d
Under the hood of the G11 730d, BMW has placed the B57 six-cylinder diesel engine making 265 horsepower. In addition to the marginally improved performance, the engine also has noticeably reduced consumption: the EU cycle of the 2016 730d, depending on the tires, will range from 4.5 to 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers — up to 1.1 liters per 100 km below the level of the 7 hp weaker predecessor.
Even compared to the competition, the EU consumption of 4.5 liters is significantly better: the Audi A8 3.0 TDI quattro has a combined fuel consumption of 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers, while the Mercedes S-Class S 350 d has a fuel consumption of 5.5 to 6.1 liters per 100 km.
2016 BMW 740i
The new BMW 740i G11 scores with reduced consumption: the 326 hp straight six-cylinder B58, which was officially launched recently in the BMW 340i facelift, depending on the tires configuration, has an EU consumption from 6.6 to 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers – the predecessor with 320 hp still needed 7.9 liters with the same requirements.
2016 BMW 750i xDrive
A significantly lower consumption than its predecessor can be found in the all-wheel drive BMW 750i xDrive V8 model. The 450-hp V8 TwinTurbo in the new 750i xDrive G11 has a fuel consumption of 8.1 to 8.3 liters; the predecessor reported 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers.
In the course of 2016, the new 7 Series family is expected to get other engines as well, including a four-cylinder TwinTurbo diesel with 231 horsepower (B47 engine). In addition, we expect BMW to unveil information on a 740e with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.