The second of two production-destined hybrids unveiled by BMW at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the ActiveHybrid 7 Series joins the X6 ActiveHybrid to expand the German automaker’s focus on electric-assisted engines.
The ActiveHybrid 7 uses the same twin-turbocharged V8 as found in the 750i, but pairs it with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to make 455hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque. And while the X6 ActiveHybrid may lay claim to being the world’s most powerful hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 7 is most likely the fastest with a 0-60 sprint in just 4.8 seconds.
Impressively, while BMW is using its ActiveHybrid system to improve performance on the 7 Series, it is also (as you might expect from a hybrid) improving fuel economy. Fuel-consumption is rated at 9.4 liters/100km (25 mpg) average, a 15 percent improvement over the 750i.
Due to the use of a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery pack, the unit measures just 14.6 x 8.7 x 9.1 inches and only weights 59.5 lbs, making it just slightly heavier and larger than a conventional car battery. BMW has located the lithium-ion unit under the trunk floor, keeping an adequate amount of trunk space
The new ActiveHybrid 7 also features regenerative braking, as well as a start-stop system. Impressively, even when the engine is shut off at a stop light, the air conditioning continues to run as is it powered electronically, not by the gasoline engine.
BMW plans to offer the ActiveHybrid 7 in the Spring of 2010. Both a conventional wheelbase and an extended wheelbase hybrid 7 Series will be offered.
GALLERY: BMW ActiveHybrid 7
Official release after the jump:
Greater Effi ciency,
Greater Supremacy, Greater Luxury:
The BMW ActiveHybrid 7
BMW is proud to present the most supreme and luxurious rendition of
hybrid technology ever seen so far in the automobile: BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
Based on the BMW 7 Series, this unique car sets new standards for effi ciency
in the luxury class. BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is the fi rst car in the world to combine
a V8 gasoline engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor
as a mild hybrid concept.
This symbiosis of an upgraded eight-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo
Technology and High Precision Injection with a three-phase synchronous electric
motor gives BMW ActiveHybrid 7 overall system output of 342 kW/465 hp
and maximum torque of 700 Newton-metres/516 lb-ft. Power is transmitted
via an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the electric motor positioned
in compact confi guration between the combustion engine and the converter
on the automatic transmission receiving its supply of energy from a lithium-ion
battery developed especially for use in the automobile.
Precisely controlled interaction of both power sources serves to optimise not
only the effi ciency but also the dynamic performance and superior comfort of
BMW ActiveHybrid 7. The result is a truly thrilling driving experience and, at the
same time, a unique demonstration of hybrid technology with its outstanding
potential. BMW ActiveHybrid 7accelerates to 100 km/h in a mere 4.9 seconds,
while keeping average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle to 9.4 litres/
100 kilometres (equivalent to 29.1 mpg imp) and restricting CO2 emissions to
just 219 grams per kilometre.
Hybrid technology also provides new options for the particularly effi cient
use and enjoyment of additional comfort functions. As an example,
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is the fi rst BMW with automatic transmission to feature
an Auto Start Stop function avoiding idle speed operation of the engine
when at a standstill or in traffi c jams. A further signifi cant advantage is that
the air conditioning and ventilation system remains fully operational also with
the engine switched off, power being supplied directly through the 120-volt
on-board network operating on the lithium-ion battery.
This unique concept of engine management for the fi rst allows truly effective
climate control also at a standstill in a luxury performance car, cooling the interior
of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 to a signifi cantly lower temperature right from the start,
before the driver even fi res the engine.
Special displays in the instrument cluster and the Control Display inform the
occupants of the degree of effi ciency and the current operating status of the
hybrid components. Nineteen-inch light-alloy rims in aerodynamically optimised
ten-spoke turbine wheel design created exclusively for BMW ActiveHybrid 7
as well as model designations on the luggage compartment lid, the C-pillars
behind the side windows and on the door cutouts clearly set aside the hybrid
models from their “regular” counterparts right from the start. And last but
certainly not least, BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is also available in Bluewater metallic
exterior paintwork exclusive to this very special model.
Like the existing models within the BMW 7 Series, BMW’s fi rst luxury saloon
with hybrid drive is entering the market in two body variants. The extended
version of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 comes with wheelbase increased by 14 centimetres
or 5.5″, benefi ting exclusively the rear-seat passengers. And to optimise
the driving experience and grand touring comfort for individual requirements,
both models are available with a wide range of options from the portfolio of
equipment and accessories offered on the BMW 7 Series.
BMW ActiveHybrid as a major element of the BMW Effi cientDynamics
Right from the start, the regular production models in the new BMW 7 Series
come with a broad scope of BMW Effi cientDynamics technologies quite
unparalleled worldwide in their diversity and effects. Now BMW ActiveHybrid
technology offers yet another option, hybrid technology for the fi rst time achieving
the unique standard already defi ned by BMW in the luxury performance
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 takes a truly innovative approach in ensuring outstanding
effi ciency in the luxury class. At the same time this unique saloon offers
dynamic driving characteristics at a level by far exceeding everything hybrid cars
have been able to offer so far.
Appropriate use of the electric motor also in the interest of driving comfort
likewise ensures yet another signifi cant step into the future provided by the
development of hybrid components focusing on both the requirements of the
luxury class and the characteristics so typical of a genuine BMW. The result is
an extremely effi cient luxury performance saloon at the same time offering
unprecedented Sheer Driving Pleasure for a hybrid car.
BMW ActiveHybrid is an important module within the BMW Effi cientDynamics
development strategy offering technologies able to signifi cantly reduce fuel
consumption and emissions on every new model and at the same time enhance
driving performance to an unprecedented standard.
Now the innovative drivetrain technology of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 serves to
further enhance the effi ciency of the car and the driving pleasure it is able to
offer, with the gasoline engine and electric motor being perfectly coordinated
with one another to provide a signifi cant improvement of dynamic performance
and motoring comfort and, at the same time, to capitalise on the use of energy
in the fuel under a wide range of different driving conditions.
BMW uses hybrid technology wherever it can make a particularly effective
contribution to the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions. As a rule,
the savings potential of hybrid technology increases with the power of
the combustion engine interacting with the system. Precisely this is why
BMW ActiveHybrid technology in conjunction with a V8 power unit achieves
a signifi cantly greater effect than when combined, say, with a six- or fourcylinder
In the case of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 precise coordination of the electric motor
and the V8 power unit serves to optimise the effi ciency of the combustion
engine under all kinds of different loads and under many conditions.
And through its use in a luxury performance saloon, BMW’s sophisticated
ActiveHybrid technology offers a particularly convincing rendition of its
Intelligent energy management optimising the generation,
storage and use of electric power.
The drivetrain technology in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 ensures a particularly intelligent
standard of energy management within the car serving to make maximum
use of the energy contained in the fuel in generating superior driving dynamics
and at the same time to increase motoring comfort to an even higher standard,
thus generating Sheer Driving Pleasure from each and every drop of fuel.
The intelligent hybrid concept comprises both the generation and use of
electrical energy, with loss-free storage of electric power ensured by the highperformance
lithium-ion battery. Both the process of charging the battery and
the supply of power to the electric motor as well as all other power-consuming
items are ensured and masterminded by power electronics developed specifi -
cally for BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
Electric power generated on no extra fuel as an
additional energy reserve.
BMW ActiveHybrid technology uses energy converted into heat and therefore
wasted in conventional cars through the operation and use of the brakes.
In terms of power generation, this unique technology is therefore an ongoing
development proceeding from the Brake Energy Regeneration used by BMW
on all model series in the brand’s current gasoline and diesel models with
BMW Effi cientDynamics.
Referred to also as the recuperation of power, Brake Energy Regeneration
concentrates the development of electric power for the on-board network on
appropriate running conditions either with the car in overrun or when applying
the brakes. Then, when accelerating, energy is fed into the on-board network
from the lithium-ion battery, relieving the combustion engine of the task of
converting some of the energy contained in the fuel directly into electric current,
and thus enabling the engine to provide more power for the actual process of
The result is even faster and dynamic acceleration, while the electrical energy
obtained in this way is generated without any additional consumption of fuel as
soon as the car is rolling or the driver applies the brakes.
As long as the driver requires only a small amount of brake power, the system
uses only the electrical brake force, with the mechanical brakes being activated
only when the driver presses down the brake pedal harder for more stopping
DSC Dynamic Stability Control serves to mastermind the balance of electrical
and mechanical braking, naturally maintaining all the driver’s freedom in dosing
the brakes. A fi nal – and again an important – point is that the driver does not
even perceive the transition from braking with electric power to braking with the
mechanical brake system.
Two interconnected on-board networks for fl exible
management of energy.
Electric power generated in overrun and when applying the brakes on
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 in a neutral process without any additional consumption of
fuel is fed into the car’s two on-board networks: BMW ActiveHybrid 7 features
both a conventional 12-volt on-board network fed by an AGM (absorbent glass
mat) battery and a high-voltage battery featuring lithium-ion technology and
operating at 120 V. This lithium-ion battery supplies power to the electric motor
as soon as it is required to perform an additional drive function or serves to start
the combustion engine.
The a/c compressor on BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is also integrated in the 120-volt
network, with all other electrically operated functions of the car being supplied
with power from the 12-volt network.
The two on-board networks are connected with one another by a voltage
converter providing fl exible energy management also serving to operate
all electrical functions on the car on electric power generated without any
additional consumption of fuel. The 12-volt battery is fed with energy from the
high-voltage network, which it supports itself whenever necessary, for example
when starting the combustion engine cold.
Cutting-edge energy storage technology: lithium-ion battery
with superior capacity and multi-cycle operating strength.
Introducing the lithium-ion battery, BMW is taking yet a further step into the
future with particularly effi cient and, at the same time, fl exible use of electric
power in the car. This means that energy generated in the recuperation process
must be fed at all times and, depending on driving conditions, in a varying
rhythm to a storage unit where it is kept available for subsequent use whenever
required. A further requirement is to use a battery with signifi cant storage
capacity for covering long distances without overrun or application of the brakes
and without any bottlenecks in the supply process.
The AGM batteries already used in all conventional production cars with Brake
Energy Regeneration offer the advantage of being able to handle frequent and
irregular charge and discharge cycles without any loss of power. A mild hybrid
concept, on the other hand, makes even greater demands, thus requiring
a high-voltage battery with a much higher level of performance to also supply
the electric motor with the energy capacity required for its drive function.
The system developed for BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is based on the most advanced
lithium-ion technology meeting the greatest demands in terms of power loads
and lasting operation.
Lithium-ion batteries have already proven their particularly high storage capacity
and cycle resistance in many other applications such as mobile phones
and laptops. The energy storage unit used in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 confi rms
the potential of this technology once again, this time under particularly
demanding conditions in the automobile. The useful energy provided by this
high-performance battery is 400 watt hours, with the battery itself comprising
35 cells as well as an integrated control unit permanently analysing the charge
level and ensuring appropriate dependability under all kinds of driving conditions
and throughout a wide range of temperatures.
Despite its high level of performance, the lithium-ion battery measures just
37 x 22 x 23 centimetres (14.6 x 8.7 x 9.1 inches) and weighs a mere 27 kg or
59.5 lb. Hence, it is hardly larger than a conventional car battery and is housed
conveniently in the luggage compartment between the wheel arches of
BMW ActiveHybrid 7, safely surrounded by a high-strength special casing. This
ensures perfect protection of the battery and at the same time helps to give the
car precise weight distribution.
The space required is about the same as the space taken up by the additional
compressor for the rear-seat air conditioning in the conventional BMW 7 Series,
with this compressor not being featured in BMW ActiveHybrid 7. The luggage
compartment with its capacity of 460 litres/16.1 cu ft therefore offers adequate
space for four 46-inch golf bags also in BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
Consistent optimisation: V8 power unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo
and High Precision Injection.
The combustion unit featured in BMW’s fi rst hybrid luxury saloon is not only
particularly powerful, but also the most effi cient engine of its kind. Indeed,
the combination of BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and High Precision
Injection ensures an exceptionally good balance of performance and fuel
consumption, the 4.4-litre V8 applying the principle of BMW Effi cientDynamics
on a particularly high level.
A further advantage is that the all-aluminium power unit offers the qualities
typical of an eight-cylinder in an incomparably sporting and, at the same time,
comfortable rendition, combining superior power and pulling force from low
engine speeds with an impressive surge of thrust and traction throughout
the entire speed range, as well as excellent running smoothness. Given these
features, the V8 is indeed the ideal foundation for a hybrid concept in the luxury
class serving to ensure outstanding effi ciency, fascinating driving dynamics and
supreme motoring comfort all in one.
The power and performance characteristics of the V8 power unit result to
a large extent from BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. The engineering
principle used for the fi rst on an eight-cylinder gasoline engine with two turbochargers
not positioned at the outside, but directly within the V-area to supply
compressed air to four cylinders at a time, ensures unparalleled spontaneity
in its direct response to the gas pedal. Highly effi cient use of fuel, in turn, is
ensured by High Precision Injection, this second generation of direct gasoline
injection using piezo-injectors positioned directly next to the spark plugs in the
cylinder head and delivering fuel in the combustion chambers at a pressure
of 200 bar. This is the best guarantee for the extremely precise dosage of fuel
and a particularly clean combustion process.
The eight-cylinder power unit featured in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 develops maximum
output of 330 kW/449 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm. At the same
time this supreme V8 maintains huge torque of 650 Newton-metres/479 lb-ft
consistently all the way from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm.
The result is supreme power and muscle starting just above idle speed, the
dynamic response of the engine being further enhanced by the electric motor
with its additional momentum.
The spontaneous and direct response of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 to the gas
pedal particularly when accelerating from a standstill gives the car a standard
of acceleration quite unprecedented among both conventional models running
on a combustion engine only and existing hybrid models already in the market.
Indeed, acceleration to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds ranks the saloon close to the
performance of the fastest and most thoroughbred sports cars.
Another incomparable quality is the subjective feeling of outstanding supremacy
the hybrid drive system gives the driver through its direct response free of any
delay. Top speed of BMW ActiveHybrid 7, fi nally, is limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Electric motor starting and supporting the V8 power unit.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 owes its characteristic driving features to the harmonious
symbiosis of the combustion engine and the electric motor providing a smooth
and effi cient supply of power at all times. The electric motor supports the
V8 power unit in developing even greater power and torque for superior performance.
Under less dynamic driving conditions the drive power provided by
the electric motor enables the combustion engine to run under more favourable
load conditions for maximum effi ciency, thus optimising its operating qualities.
The additional power reserves serve at the same time to give this unique saloon
outstanding supremacy under all conditions, the reduction of engine speed at
a steady level of road speed improving not only the standard of effi ciency, but
also the running smoothness of the combustion engine.
The three-phase synchronous electric motor featured in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is
positioned between the combustion engine and the automatic transmission
converter, and is connected fi rmly to the crankshaft. Shaped like a disc, the
electric motor weighs just 23 kg or not quite 51 lb, its compact design ensuring
full integration in the transmission housing.
The electric motor generates additional drive power of 15 kW/20 hp, with
maximum power increasing to an even more substantial 20 kW/27 hp in
the generator mode charging the lithium-ion battery. Peak torque, in turn, is
210 Newton-metres or 155 lb-ft.
In the driving mode BMW ActiveHybrid 7 benefi ts from maximum output of
342 kW/465 hp and peak torque of 700 Newton-metres/516 lb-ft. So far only
much larger engines were able to provide comparable power and performance,
in most cases with a corresponding increase in fuel consumption.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7, by contrast, combines its signifi cantly enhanced power
and performance with an equally impressive increase in effi ciency. Average
fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 9.4 litres/100 kilometres (equal
to 29.1 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 219 grams per kilometre proves that
BMW ActiveHybrid Technology is most certainly a highly innovative and futureoriented
rendition of the BMW Effi cientDynamics development strategy.
Unique: eight-speed automatic transmission in combination with
Auto Start Stop.
To transmit the drive power developed jointly by the V8 power unit and the
electric motor, BMW ActiveHybrid 7 comes with a newly developed eight-speed
automatic transmission specifi cally tailored to the demands and potentials of
hybrid technology. This high-tech transmission of the latest standard combines
gearshift comfort, sportiness and effi ciency at a level never seen before.
A particular highlight of the new eight-speed automatic transmission is the innovative
gearset confi guration providing two additional gears and a larger overall
gear range than on the six-speed automatic transmission used by BMW so far
without any negative repercussions in terms of size, weight, and inner effi ciency.
With the number of gears increased to eight, the differences in engine speed
from one gear to the next are smaller than before, despite the overall range of
gear ratios. This, in turn, benefi ts the sporting character of the transmission and,
as a result, the dynamic performance of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 again so typical of
the brand. And last but not least, the smaller differences between gears ensure
an even higher standard of gearshift comfort in this new luxury saloon.
The combustion engine, electric motor and eight-speed automatic transmission
form one complete unit set out for maximum effi ciency in BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
This is also confi rmed by the innovative rendition of the Auto Start Stop function
already featured as standard in BMW’s four-cylinder models with manual
gearshift. Now this cutting-edge technology serving to reduce both fuel
consumption and emissions is combined for the fi rst time with automatic
transmission and further optimised in its effi ciency.
The Auto Start Stop function automatically switches off the combustion engine
when idling, reducing fuel consumption at a red traffi c light or, say, in traffi c
congestions to absolutely zero. Then, once the driver takes his foot off the brake
pedal, the combustion engine is re-started automatically.
This confi guration of Auto Start Stop helps to switch off the engine more
frequently and for a longer period, thus reducing fuel consumption even more
effectively. This is made possible by the particularly effi cient starter system,
activation of the combustion engine by the electric motor supplied with power
from the high-voltage battery enabling the engine to start extremely quickly and
without any vibrations.
A further technology contributing to this effect is the newly developed hydraulic
pulse battery for an even faster build-up of positive engagement in the automatic
transmission. The delay-free ignition serves furthermore to reduce
emissions while starting.
The engine is also switched off when the driver uses the Auto Hold function
in stop-and-go traffi c, in which case he again just has to slightly press down
the gas pedal in order to re-activate the gasoline engine, which is immediately
switched off the next time the driver applies the brakes.
Unrestricted climate comfort in a stopover, auxiliary cooling for
pleasant starting conditions.
The climate control system in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is supplied with power
directly from the high-voltage battery, thus ensuring all the usual functions
regardless of whether the combustion engine is currently running or not.
Hence, operation of the Auto Start Stop function does not mean any restrictions
in terms of comfort or motoring pleasure, the driver’s and passengers’ desired
temperature being maintained consistently within the car also in traffi c congestion
or when making a stopover in city traffi c.
Featured as standard in BMW ActiveHybrid 7, four-zone automatic air conditioning
comprises a standstill climate control function activated whenever required
by remote control. This serves to cool down the interior in, say, bright sunshine
before setting out in the car, the highly effi cient air conditioning reducing temperature
quickly and effi ciently by more than 30° C, providing pleasant starting
conditions in an appropriately cool and pleasant passenger compartment.
Yet a further advantage is that the a/c compressor initiates its cooling function
much earlier than in a conventional car, the air conditioning in BMW ActiveHybrid 7
thus offering qualities unique the world over in terms of function and effi ciency only
possible with the high-performance lithium-ion battery.
Effi ciency made visible: special display concept.
The innovative drive components featured in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 have a
positive effect under all driving conditions on the effi ciency and dynamic
performance of this high-tech saloon. Their current level of effi ciency and the
operating mode are presented by special gauges in the cockpit and on the
Featuring the most advanced black panel technology, the instrument cluster in
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is supplemented by an energy fl ow display in the lower
section of the rev counter, a blue arrow showing the current status of recuperation.
When accelerating, in turn, an additional graphic display illustrates the
boost effect generated by the electric motor.
Using the iDrive control system in the Control Display, the driver is able to
activate an even more detailed rendition of the combustion engine and the
electric motor in their interaction. Over and above the current charge level of the
lithium-ion battery, this display function also shows the current fl ow of energy –
storage of energy when applying the brakes and in overrun, a shift in the load
point when driving at a steady speed, discharge of energy while accelerating.
As an alternative to this graphic display, the system is also able at the touch of
a button to analyse the current level of effi ciency in per cent. In this case a bar
diagram updated every minute shows to what extent the effi ciency potential of
the hybrid components have been exhausted in the last fi fteen minutes.
Superior suspension technology for maximum supremacy
on the road.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 combines superior effi ciency with a truly fascinating
driving experience. Over and above the drive system as such, the sophisticated
suspension technology featured in the BMW 7 Series gives this new saloon its
Interaction of a double track control arm front axle with an Integral-V rear axle
offers not only numerous benefi ts in terms of comfort and driving dynamics,
but also unusually smooth and harmonious anti-roll and transition behaviour in
The long-wheelbase version of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 comes additionally with
air suspension including self-levelling on the rear axle. Both models, in turn, are
fi tted as standard with BMW’s speed-related Servotronic power steering as well
as Dynamic Damping Control, the dampers adjusting to both road conditions
and the driver’s style of motoring.
Pressing the button on the centre console, the driver is able through Dynamic
Damping Control to choose his preferred damper setting, the appropriate
operation of DSC Dynamic Stability Control, the degree of gearshift dynamics
on the automatic transmission, as well as the control maps on the gas pedal
and Servotronic steering. In all, Dynamic Damping Control offers the choice of
COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT + in setting up the suspension of
The compound brake system on BMW ActiveHybrid 7 ensures truly excellent
stopping power in every situation bringing the car safely to a standstill with
minimum stopping distance even from high speeds. Inner-vented discs and
swing-calliper brakes front and rear optimised for their effi ciency guarantee
extreme resistance to fading and maximum brake comfort.
BMW ActiveHybrid comes as standard with model-specifi c 19-inch light-alloy
rims in aerodynamically optimised ten-spoke turbine wheel design. Likewise
featured as standard, runfl at safety tyres measuring 245/45 R19 at the front
and 275/40 R19 at the rear enable the driver to continue even after a complete
loss of pressure at a speed of up to 80 km/h or 50 mph, covering a distance,
depending on the load the vehicle is carrying, of up to 250 kilometres or
155 miles. And last but certainly not least, the Tyre Pressure Indicator consistently
measures tyre pressure and warns the driver whenever the pressure in the
tyres drops more than 20 per cent.
Optimum visibility, all-round protection, maximum safety.
As options supplementing the bi-xenon headlights featured as standard,
the High-Beam Assistant and Adaptive Headlights including a bending light
function, variable light distribution and adaptive headlight range control, set
new standards when motoring at night.
Again available as an option, the Head-Up Display serves to project data
relevant to the driver to the windscreen of the car, enabling the driver to check
out the data transmitted directly into his line of vision without even taking his
eyes off the road.
Apart from frontal and hip/thorax airbags, the Occupant Safety Package
featured in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 also comprises curtain head airbags at the side
as well as three-point inertia-reel automatic seat belts with belt force limiters on
all seats and a belt latch function at the front.
To protect the driver and passengers from cervical spine injury in the event
of a rear-end collision, the front seats come with crash-activated headrests
and ISOFIX child seat fastenings are featured as standard on the rear seats.
The safety concept for the car’s hybrid components is equally comprehensive,
all components in the high-voltage system featuring full insulation as well as
special plug connectors. The lithium-ion battery, in turn, is protected by a highstrength
steel housing and is positioned far away from all kinds of accidents
in the luggage compartment, as is already confi rmed by a wide range of crash
tests. And last but not least, the entire high-voltage system is automatically
switched off within fractions of a second both in a function breakdown and in
the event of a collision.
Perfectly networked: BMW ConnectedDrive with innovative functions.
As an option BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is naturally available with the innovative driver
assistance systems provided by BMW ConnectedDrive, including Lane Change
Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, BMW Night Vision even
able to detect individual persons, a back-up camera and BMW Side View. At
the same time BMW ConnectedDrive also comprises a wide range of innovative
features and technologies networking the occupants with the car itself and
the surrounding world in order to provide both maximum comfort as well as
optimised use of the infotainment services and enhanced safety.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is likewise available with the full range of mobility services
including BMW Assist with its telephone enquiry service and Enhanced
Emergency Call function allowing automatic detection of the car, BMW Online,
BMW TeleServices and unrestricted use of the internet in the car.
The wide range of features and equipment available for the BMW 7 Series
enables the customer to personalise his or her car to the highest standard.
The highlights include sophisticated navigation functions, audio and rear seat
entertainment systems, the extra-large, contoured sliding roof as well as active
seats for the driver and front passenger or, respectively, climate and massage
seats at the rear.
Particularly the extended wheelbase version of BMW ActiveHybrid 7 offers
maximum driving comfort, extension of the car’s wheelbase by 14 centimetres
or 5.5″ ensuring particularly comfortable access to the rear passenger
compartment. And thanks to the special design of the roofl ine and C-pillars,
the side view of the longer version, despite greater headroom for the rear-seat
passengers, retains the overall impression of the “regular” saloon with its
Both models are also available with the wide range of options provided by
BMW Individual comprising features such as BMW Individual Merino fi ne-grain
leather standing out not only through its particular material and colour scheme,
but also through different seam patterns and stitching on the seats, the instrument
panel and the door linings.
Matching the various colours of leather, there is also a wider colour range for
the BMW Individual Alcantara roof lining. Exclusive trim options, BMW Individual
exterior colours and 20-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels, fi nally, round off
the choice of particularly stylish options.
Best of Hybrid: fl exible development for optimised concepts
on each model.
The hybrid components featured in BMW ActiveHybrid 7 were developed
jointly by BMW and Daimler in a cooperation project seeking to develop and test
components for hybrid drive in luxury performance cars. Apart from the electric
motor and the lithium-ion battery, this joint venture also served to develop the
power electronics for the high-voltage network featured in BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
Each manufacturer subsequently integrated the hybrid components
into the respective model in accordance with individual, brand-specifi c
requirements. These unique characteristics also come out clearly in
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 through the combination of an eight-cylinder power unit
with electric drive.
BMW ActiveHybrid is based on a modular principle which, following the Best of
Hybrid strategy, ensures perfect integration of the optimum component in various
vehicle concepts. Hence, the mild hybrid concept of BMW ActiveHybrid 7
is tailored ideally to the specifi c requirements of this model as is the full hybrid
concept for BMW ActiveHybrid X6, likewise reaching production standard in the
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is built at BMW Plant Dingolfi ng about 70 miles north-east
of Munich. Also building all other versions of the BMW 7 Series (and a number
of other models), BMW Plant Dingolfi ng offers a truly unique standard of
excellence confi rmed by numerous prizes and awards in the use of innovative
production technologies and the fulfi lment of supreme quality requirements.
Precisely for this purpose, the Plant combines the most advanced, automated
production technologies with the craftsmanship of specially trained associates
in a most intelligent manner. And having won the Best Factory/Industrial Excellence
Award in 2008, BMW Plant Dingolfi ng also stands out through a supreme
level of fl exibility, effi cient production processes and environmentally-friendly
methods in production.