At the press launch in Portugal, journalists from around the world had the chance to drive the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. While most of them focused on the luxury features of the new 7er, there were others who aimed to gauge the performance of the fairly lightweight 7 Series. The video below gives us a look at the acceleration of a 750i xDrive all the way to 155 mph.

The 750i is fitted with a revised 4.4 liter TwinPower twin-turbocharged V8, with the turbos mounted in between the v-shaped cylinder bank, and will develop 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque which will be available at 1,800 rpm. This revised V8 is also a ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) and is far more efficient than the outgoing model’s.


BMW managed to do this by changing the compression ratio, from 10:0:1 to 10:5:1 and the addition of the latest Valvetronic and Double Vanos systems. This engine also marks the first time in a production car that the intake manifold has been partially integrated into the cylinder head, allowing for less airflow resistance and smaller exterior dimensions.

The MSRP for the BMW 750i xDrive is $97,400 (prices do not include Destination and Handling).

Also see Bill Auberlen taking the new 7 Series around the track.