The latest BMW flagship makes a leap into space age with its Valvetronic engine technology and intelligent safety systems. Cartoday brings you more details ahead of the car’s world launch later this year.
Motoring correspondents around the world agree that the new BMW 7-Series is one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the year. The two models to be launched later this year, the 735i (3,6-litre V8) and the 745i (4,4-litre V8) feature the latest Valvetronic system, developed and patented by BMW.
Since CAR magazine published scoop spy pictures of the 7-Series’ secret test in the Cape earlier this year, South African enthusiasts have been itching to see BMW’s latest answer to Mercedes’ benchmark S-Class.
The Valvetronic system was first introduced in the new generation four-cylinder engine and produces awesome performance, combined with low fuel consumption and emission levels.
The engine is started via a starter button activated with a thin plastic card, which is inserted in the dashboard, instead of an ignition key. The central gear shift is replaced by a space-saving stalk switch mounted on the steering column.
The new Seven also features Intelligent Safety Information System (ISIS) that activates airbags, seatbelt tensioners and active head restraint in addition to 71 different control units that monitor sensors fitted around in and around the car.