What Changed for 2009:
- Completely redesigned model for 2009
- Evolutionary, not revolutionary design
- Larger and roomier than its predecessor
- Powerful twin-turbo V-8 powerplant
- New ActiveHybrid 2-mode hybrid model
- First BMW sedan to use double-wishbone front suspension
- Loaded with innovative technology
The BMW 7 Series is the flagship of the German automaker's model range. Only available as a 4-door sedan, the first generation appeared in the late 1970s with a 6-cylinder powerplant and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The second generation, introduced in 1986, heralded the 8- and 12-cylinder powerplants that would become offered in future models. That model also inaugurated the available stretched ("L") version for more rear passenger leg room. The third generation, debuting in 1994, brought satellite navigation and Xenon HID headlamps to the model range. The fourth-generation 7 Series, sold since 2002
, introduced BMW's iDrive infotainment controller. All-new for 2009, the fifth-generation 7 Series continues the trend by headlining an all-new front suspension design for BMW sedans, and the next-generation iDrive.
BMW provides a 4-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty and a 4-year/unlimited mileage membership in the BMW Assist Safety Plan with every 2009 7 Series. The BMW Maintenance Program includes all factory-recommended maintenance items for the first 4-year/50,000-mile period of ownership.Model Lineup
There are two different 2009 BMW 7 Series models: 750i Sedan and 750Li Sedan. The 750i is the standard model, while the 750Li is the long-wheelbase version that has been stretched by 5.5 inches to create additional room in the rear seat. Both share the identical V-8 engine, transmission, and rear-wheel-drive powertrain. As expected from the flagship model, the 2009 7 Series is offered with a long list of standard convenience features that includes full power accessories and leather upholstery with wood cabin accents. The standard audio package features a DVD player, auxiliary audio input, and a 40-GB hard drive. A Premium Sound package upgrades the stereo with increased amplification and additional speakers, among other improvements.
A standard 10.2-inch high-resolution color display is used by the next-generation iDrive infotainment/navigation system. Other technology-laden options include Active Cruise Control with new stop-and-go capability, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Head-up Display, High Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with new Pedestrian Detection, Side View and Back-up Cameras. The stretched-wheelbase 750Li is available with Rear Comfort Seats consisting of multi-adjustable rear seats with ventilation and active support-a type of massage feature to promote comfort and prevent cramps on long journeys, BMW says.Powertrain
Under the hood of the 2009 BMW 7 Series, consumers will find the same engine that powers the BMW X6 XDrive50i
. In the 7 Series, the 4.4-liter, twin-turbo 8-cylinder engine is rated at 400 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, BMW claims the powerplant will push the 750i sedan to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, and the stretched-wheelbase 750Li in 5.2 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 150 mph. Fuel-economy figures have not yet been released.
The all-new 2009 BMW 7 Series offers chassis improvements over the model it replaces. Under the skin the flagship sedan is equipped with a new suspension design utilizing many aluminum components to reduce unsprung weight and improve the ride, BMW says. In a first for a BMW sedan, the new model boasts a double-wishbone front suspension (first seen in the current model BMW X5
). The rear suspension remains a multi-link design. The standard wheels are 18-inch light aluminum alloy with all-season tires.Safety
As is customary in all current BMWs, 3-point safety belts are employed at all seating positions. In the new 2009 7 Series, the front belts use pre-tensioners-with innovative electric motors rather than pyrotechnics-to pre-tension the belt in anticipation of impact. Other safety systems in the flagship BMW include front and side air bags, front/rear head-protection air bags, active head restraints on the front seats, and knee air bags. In the event of an accident, the standard BMW Assist system automatic emergency calling is newly enhanced to include accident severity analysis. Standard active safety features in every BMW 7 Series include anti-lock brakes (ABS), dynamic stability control (DSC) with Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), and Dynamic Brake Control.
The 2009 BMW 7 Series has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
BMW delivers plenty of technical innovation with the 2009 7 Series. Standard across the model range is BMW's Dynamic Damping Control. The cockpit-adjustable electronic system gives the driver the freedom to choose between four modes (comfort, normal, sport and sport-plus) to control the suspension damping, transmission shifting, throttle sensitivity, and power steering assistance. If the vehicle is equipped with Active Steering-a BMW system that alters the steering ratio based on speed and steering wheel angle-the rear wheels will now adjust up to 3 degrees to help maneuver the car. The flagship BMW sedan also offers Night Vision, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, rear- and side-view cameras, and massaging rear seats.
Available Trims for the 2009 BMW 750 Sedan
||6 speed automatic
|| 400-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl
||6 speed automatic
|| 400-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl