The BMW 7 Series is first introduced in 1977. A vehicle intended to embody sportiness, technical innovation and luxury at the highest level. As the successor to the BMW E3 model series, it features a six-cylinder engine. The engine demonstrates its superiority at every power level with incomparable smoothness and performance, making the vehicle the sportiest saloon in the luxury car segment. The body's design is based on a draft by Paul Bracq. The sloping front and rear sections and low waistline emphasise the sporty character of the luxury saloons.
As early as 1978, there is modern equipment available for the model, such as electronic automatic air conditioning and cruise control. From 1979 onwards, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and digital engine electronics are also available. In the same year, all engines switch to petrol injection.
The BMW 745i is introduced in 1980 as the top model. It has a power output of 185 kW and reaches a maximum speed of 227 km/h. The 1982 model update sees the front take on an even more dynamic appearance. The BMW 7 Series is also updated to include a four-speed automatic transmission and a revised chassis and suspension system. In the space of nine years, over 270,000 vehicles from the most successful series roll off the production lines. They help BMW to maintain its leading position in the modern luxury saloon segment.
Production period: 1977–1986
Engines: 2.5–3.4 litres (110–185 kW), 6-cylinder
Length/breadth/height: 4,860 mm/1,800 mm/1,430 mm.