MARKING the company’s centenary anniversary, BMW has presented a new centennial model in Munich of the famed 7 Series. The model will be produced in only limited volumes and with three different drive variants.
Named: ‘The next 100 years,’ the design model of the new sedan showcases the fantastic innovation and technological expertise that has been the German manufacturer’s calling card for the past century.
This sixth generation of the 7 Series has a carbon-core body structure, eDrive technology, anti-dazzle BMW laserlight, an executive drive pro-chassis control system, gesture control, remote-controlled parking, and the Sky Lounge panoramic glass roof.
Only 100 models will be handcrafted with precision design at the BMW Dingolfing plant in Bavaria, and will feature a unique blue exterior with forged 20-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels.
Each car will come adorned with the lettering ‘the next 100 years’ along the B pillars, and boast the utmost luxury in interior design. Lovely to touch, breathable leather is used for the seats, door panels, arm rests, and centre console. The interior strips come in a piano-black finish and the leather steering wheel is touched with fine wood applications.
The new eight-cylinder 4.4 litre engine featured in the BMW Individual 750Li, delivers acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Average fuel consumption is 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions are 192 grams per kilometre. The pioneering iDrive feature allows 3D sensors to detect hand movements intuitively, while the connected drive innovation enables rear collision prevention and front and rear crossing traffic warnings.
All in all not bad progress at all in a mere 100 years, although one has the suspicion that the next 10 years will see even more dramatic changes.