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PredecessorBMW E65
ClassFull-size luxury car
VehiclesBMW 7 Series
PredecessorBMW E66
ClassFull-size luxury car
VehiclesBMW 7 Series
Engine(s)4.4L 407 hpV8
3.0L 326 hp I6
3.0L 245hp turbodiesel I6
Transmission(s)6-speed automatic
Wheelbase3,070 mm (120.9 in) (SWB)
3,210 mm (126.4 in) (LWB)
Length5,072 mm (199.7 in) (SWB)
5,212 mm (205.2 in) (LWB)
Width1,902 mm (74.9 in)
Height1,479 mm (58.2 in) (SWB)
1,478 mm (58.2 in) (LWB)

The BMW F01 is an automobile platform that went into production in September 2008, for the 2009 model year, as a replacement for the 7 Series (BMW E65/E66) platform. The long wheelbase model, codenamed BMW F02, will be longer by 14 cm (5.5 in) compared to the BMW F01.


Styling-wise, the new 7-Series follows the Chris Bangle common trend of revolution followed by evolution design life cycles. For the 7-Series, the previous E65 / E66 model marked a revolution in the 7-Series design, so this new F01 model must naturally be an evolution. The front end is quite clearly inspired by the BMW CS Concept, from the large nostrils to the headlamps which actually have a similar internal configuration of individual lamps and “eyebrow” but differing slightly in shape.[1] It now looks more conventional and less controversial than the concept it replaces. The interior has also been reworked.


Car was first official world premiere on Red Square in Moscow (Russia) on 8 July 2008. The hourglass on Red Square has been attracting attention since 6 July 2008. In the upper half of the acrylic glass and steel structure stands the new BMW 7 Series - initially hidden by more than 180,000 silvery, glittering balls. These gradually dropped into the lower half, finally revealing the new BMW 7 Series completely as the high spot of the event on Tuesday evening.


Only the European offerings have been announced at this point.[1]

Model Engine Code Engine Type Displacement (cc) Power Torque 0-100 km/h (s) Years made
750i N63 V8 32V 4395 408 PS (402 hp/300 kW) @ 5500-6400RPM 600 N·m (443 lb·ft) @ 1750-4500RPM 5.2 (AT) (750Li: 5.3) 2008-
740i N54 I6 24V 2979 326 PS (322 hp/240 kW) @ 5800RPM 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) @ 1500-4500RPM 5.9 (AT) (740Li: 6.0) 2008-
730d N57 I6 24V 2993 245 PS (242 hp/180 kW) @ 4000RPM 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) @ 1750-3000RPM 7.2 (AT) 2008-


The flagship 760Li with a V12 engine will be introduced later and will be equipped with ZF's new 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission.[2]

Platform sharing

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The left side of BMW F01

The F01 platform is expected to provide components for a smaller Rolls-Royce slotting in below the ultra-luxury Phantom, internally known as the Rolls-Royce "RR4". This $250,000 car would be assembled by Rolls-Royce in their factory in Goodwood, England.

BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid

It is a concept model that uses the engine from 750i, but added an electric motor rated 20 PS (20 hp/15 kW) and 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) torque. The hybrid system was based on the 2-mode hybrid from Daimler. Regenerating braking unit includes 12V Absorbent Glass Mat batteries, running in parallel to 120V electrical network for electric motor. In also included a 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW claimed it reduced fuel consumption and emissions by 15% over non-hybrid model.

The car's exterior profile was designed by Karim Habib, Team Leader, Advanced Design for BMW in Munich, Germany.[3]

The car was first unveiled in 2008 Paris Auto Show.[4]


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