Looking at the 2011 BMW 7-Series

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Expanding the 2011 BMW 7-Series lineup introduced a brand new and sporty entry level gas or electric hybrid models. Meanwhile, the rest of the 7-Series models won’t be seeing much change in the year 2011.

The premium large car is available as the 750o and 750Li, both of which are, in turn, available with either the xDrive (BMW’s all-wheel drive system) or the rear-wheel drive system. Right on top of the lineup is the 760i, which sports a rear-drive system.

What’s also new is the gas/electric ActiveHybrid 7. The same goes for the entry level 740i and 740Li, and the sporty ALPINA B7 as well. The “L” models have a wheelbase that is at least 5.5 inches longer than the non-Li versions of BMW’s flagship sedans. The 740 models run on turbocharged 315 hp 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engines, while the 750i and 750 Li are powered by 400 hp 4.4 liter turbocharged V8 engines. The ALPINA B7 is available either as a standard or extended model, both running on an all-wheel drive powered by a 500 hp counterpart of the 750’s 4.4 liter V8 engine. They all have as standard the 6-speed automatic transmission.

The ActiveHybrid 7 works its electric motor with a turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine, resulting to a total of 455 hp. It also runs on an 8-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the hybrid has the ability to turn off the gas engine completely, but the vehicle won’t be able to accelerate if it runs on battery power only. No need for plug-in charging.

The 760Li is powered by a turbocharged 544 hp 6.0 liter V12 engine together with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

As a standard, safety features of this lineup include airbags in the front, knee-side, and curtain side, antilock brake system, traction control, and antiskid system.

There are also additional features available. Active Roll Stabilization from BMW is standard for 760Li and the ALPINA B7, while optional on the 740 and 750 models. This system is meant to avoid any body lean.

Another feature would be the new Integral Active Steering from BMW, which is essentially an addition to BMW’s Active Steering System. This adds to the current system rear-wheel steering that’s speed sensitive. This feature is standard with the 760 and B7. This is also optional for the 740 and 750.

Another standard feature is the Dynamic Driving Control. It allows you to adjust the suspension, transmission shift, power steering, and throttle response. This comes with the standard navigation system and wireless cell phone link, along which is BMW’s iDrive for audio, climate, and navigation settings.

All models have steering-linked headlights, BMW Assist emergency and concierge service, and front and rear obstacle detection. There’s also blind-spot alert, head-up display, lane departure warning, cameras for side and rearview, and high beams that dim automatically when there’s traffic.

Audio and navigation systems are stored in a 40 GB hard drive which dedicates up to 13 GB for music files. Lastly, we have the adaptive cruise control, DVD entertainment, night-vision system, keyless access & engine start.

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