Damon Lavrinc at Autoblog brings news about full customizable LCD gauge displays coming to the “refreshed” 5-series and 7-series, which we take to mean the facelift / LCI versions of the current models – supposedly within 2 years time.
It appears that BMW’s two largest sedans will transition from black panel displays to full digital LCD displays where the tachometer, speedometer, fuel meter, and temperature gauge will all take a digital form. The display may also be customized to display navigation and infotainment info and take on different looks appropriate for the car being in sport or comfort mode.
We’ll lament the extinction of the physical needle and gauges in the F10 and F01, but we suspected that it was only a matter of time before full LCD … CONTINUED
Swiss tuner Mansory reveals their F01 7-series tuning and aerodynamics program. The program features both performance and cosmetic revisions for the 750i and 760Li.
A remapped ECU and air intake bumps the 750i up to 490hp / 720Nm torque and the 760Li to 640hp / 920Nm torque. 0-62mph acceleration times have been dropped to 4.2 seconds for the 760Li (0.4 seconds faster than from the factory). The exhaust has been replaced by a sports exhaust system with square tips.
The cosmetic program features a full bodykit – with a super aggressive full front replacement bumper, carbon fiber kidney grilles, full replacement rear bumper with integrated diffuser, carbon fiber rear trunk spoiler, and carbon fiber roof spoiler. The wheels are 22″ wrapped in 265/35R22 F and 295/30R22 R tires.… CONTINUED
Beginning with March production, certain changes take place for the 7-series.
740i/Li, 750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive new standard equipment:
* iPod/USB Adapter (6FL)
* Rear-view Camera (3AG)
* Sport Steering Wheel (255)
750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive 19″ wheels with all-season tires (2H1) and Premium H-Fi (677) as standard
ALPINA B7 adds Rear-view Camera (3AG) as standard
Driver Assistance Package now includes side and top-view cameras (5DL) and Heads Up Display (610). ALPINA B7 models also add side and top-view cameras (5DL) to this package.
Active Roll Stabilization (229) no longer included in M Sport Package
Remains a model year 2011 vehicle
Following standard equipment will be changed:
* Replacing 19″ Aero Wheel (2DL) with 7 … CONTINUED
The guys over @ Motor Trend have put up this mega 11 page comparison between the large sedan offerings from all the usual suspects in the large luxury sedan game. But they didn’t just make this a booring old comparison, they threw in all the non-traditional offerings that are available from automakers you wouldn’t have expected 10, 5 or even 1 year ago.
Why all these large luxury sedans in this economic climate anyways? Despite the bad economy, almost every automaker has refreshed their luxo offerings and have pushed the bar foreward even more, blurring the lines between cars meant to be driven by yourself and those meant to be driven by a chauffeur. This isn’t all that surprising– before the big economic collapse, every automotive … CONTINUED
Here’s more coverage on the impressive BMW Alpina B7, courtesy of drivesTV. Judging by the video description, they had tons of fun: “Amazing that a four-door sedan can put a smile that big on your face. If only there were longer roads and fewer rules.” Enjoy!
And so it continues, the stream of Alpina B7 tests. This one is from Car and Driver and was actually published back in September, but it seemed fitting given the handful of B7 tests and videos that were published this past weekend.
Car and Driver’s report is geared towards the fact finders amongst us. Its very clear and to the point with gobs of detail on the car. I personally liked the review as I could find any piece of information I wanted to know in it. This is a short take road test, so don’t expect a long writeup with too many personal opinions, however.
Source / Full Review: Car and Driver
We’ve previously reported on InsideLine’s First Drive of the Alpina B7. Now it seems the press has gotten their Full test reviews out the door.
I have to say I really like this article. While to any true BMW fan, the name Alpina should be nothing new, and has become synonymous with a mix of oppulance and speed, something akin to BMW’s version of AMG (atleast of yore). The analogy becomes more realistic when one consider’s Alpina’s Penchant for automatic transmissions. But back to the article, what I really love about this one is that this one gives a healthy sprinkling of Alpina family history, to help the unindoctinated along for the ride.
Edmunds tells us almost as much about Andreas Bovensiepen, the founder of Alpina … CONTINUED
The folks at Autoblog had the opportunity to get their hands on the BMW Alpina B7, and they apparently had a blast. Not only would they let it run against an E92 M3 to find out the M3 “can’t lose the Alpina B7 on one long road to nowhere deep in the reaches of an unincorporated area of the California coastal mountains.” They also refer to the Alpina B7 as “an amazing machine. Defying all logic, the sedan seems to shed pounds as the g-forces increase – the uncanny feedback from the driver’s seat is of a sports car wrapped in a lightweight paper-mâché 7 Series disguise. In a word: fun.”
Autoblog has posted a quick spin review of the 2010 760Li (long version model), touting its monster twin turbo V12 motor, style, comfort, and the ultimate unique luxury sedan experience it provides.