2003 BMW 745i & 745Li - Even More Innovations
2003 BMW 7 Series: Bold New Luxury-Car Concept Successfully Launched; Second Model Year Brings More New Innovations
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, October 15, 2002...A year ago, BMW launched a dramatic new concept in luxury-performance automobiles. Not merely new design, but new engineering and technology made The New 7 a bold statement about BMW's present and future. No less august a source than Automotive Engineering International wrote, in its March '02 issue, "With help from its suppliers, BMW has produced a vehicle that blazes the engineering trail with innovations that will influence passenger vehicles for years to come. The new BMW 7 Series was selected by the readers and editors of AEI as Best Engineered Vehicle for 2002 because it points the way not only for luxury/performance sedans but also other vehicle segments."
Indeed. The new 7 Series, while remaining true to BMW traditions and philosophy, moved courageously into the future of luxury automobiles with new solutions to esthetic sensibilities of our times and the challenges of contemporary driving. It is a fascinating exercise in the application of original thought to virtually every area of automotive concepts.
And though The New 7's debut was not devoid of controversy - bold new moves in any area of human endeavor always generate debate - it has been widely acclaimed by the general and automotive media, and heartily accepted by the most important critics of all: customers. In the first ten months of '02, the two new 7 Series models very significantly outsold the three-model line that preceded them, with 18,348 examples delivered in the U.S. That's a dramatic 44% increase over the same period of 2001.
For its second model year, the 7 Series continues in two models for the U.S. market, both powered by the innovative Valvetronic V-8 engine: the 745i at $69,195 including destination charge; and the long-wheelbase 745Li at $73,195. (Both prices are a nominal $55 higher than in 2002.) These two 745 models offer appealing new standard equipment and options, and more are to come later in the model year. Also to be introduced somewhat later is the 760Li, an ultimate expression of the 7 Series concept powered by an all-new V-12 engine and even more lavishly equipped than the two V-8 models.
Changes for 2003: Subtle evolution, new standard equipment and options
One of the new concepts included in the Series is BMW's Advanced Head Protection System II (AHPS II); this is an extension to the rear passenger compartment of the inflatable tubular front head protection BMW pioneered in 1998. In 2002, AHPS II was included in an option with door-mounted rear side-impact airbags; for '03, AHPS II is standard and the side-impact airbags continue as optional.
As of January '01 production, the STEPTRONIC system of sport and manual shifting for the 6-speed automatic transmission will become standard on all 7 Series models. The new STEPTRONIC system enables the driver to make up- and downshifts at will.
A new option, offered at no extra cost, is run-flat tires. Mounted on distinctive Multi-Spoke wheels, the run-flats are sized and speed-rated like the standard equipment (245/50R-18 V-rated on 18 x 8.0 wheels), and allow 7 Series users confronted with a flat tire to continue on until reaching a safe and convenient place to have the damaged tire repaired or replaced. This option requires ordering the optional Tire Pressure Monitor, which directly measures air pressure via a tiny transmitter in each tire and indicates loss of pressure in the instrument cluster.
Another new option for '03 is Active Cruise Control, which employs a radar sensor at the front of the vehicle to sense the speed of vehicles traveling ahead and adjust the BMW driver's speed to maintain a safe following distance. Newly optional for the 745Li only is the addition of Active Ventilation to the optional multi-adjustable rear Comfort Seats.
As of March '03 production, a Sport Package will become available on all 7 Series models. Among the Sport Package's features will be 19-in. wheels and tires in differentiated front/rear sizes (which for now remain a stand-alone option), a firmer suspension calibration, sport seats, and a sport steering wheel.
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Posted: 03 Dec 2002
From WikipediaThe BMW 7 Series is a line of full-size luxury vehicles produced by the German automaker BMW. Introduced in 1977, it is BMW's flagship car and is only available as a sedan or extended-length limousine. The 7 Series traditionally introduces technologies and exterior design themes before they trickle down to smaller sedans in BMW's lineup.
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