New Cars for 2010: Europe

Mark Bramley Greg Pajo
#BMW, #V-8

BMW 7-series

New: A new 7-series debuted earlier this year in 750i and long-wheelbase 750Li form. Its styling is an evolution of the last 7, trading that polarizing design for a restrained look. Well, except for those enormous nostrils. A rolling showcase for electronic driver-assistance systems, the car keeps the lithe moves that have become a 7-series trademark.
Noteworthy: For 2010, the 7's twin-turbocharged V-8 can be mated with all-wheel drive, a first for the BMW flagship. Also coming this year is the 760Li, powered by another first: a twin-turbo, direct-injection V-12 that displaces 6.0 liters, pumps out a monumental 535 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque, and powers the 7 to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. The V-12 is also paired with an eight-speed automatic, the most gears ever packed into a Bimmer.

Base Price: $82,280/$140,425 (750/760Li)
Specs: 4.4L twin-turbo V-8, 400 hp, 450 lb-ft; 6.0L twin-turbo V-12, 535 hp, 550 lb-ft; rear- or 4-wheel drive

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