BMW is reportedly considering to drop its V8 and V12 engines on the 7-Series in place of electrification.
Increasingly stringent emission norms in various parts of the world have forced many companies to ditch their large and inefficient engines. In most cases, these companies now prefer smaller four- and six-cylinder engines aided by battery power instead.
If the aforementioned plans prove to be true, BMW will most likely use the same 3.0-litre inline-six engine
Reports by BMWBlog suggests that the recently unveiled 2020 7-Series will be the last version with V8 and V12 engines. In its current iteration, the reworked 4.4-litre V8 in the 750i produces 523hp while the 6.6-litre V12 that powers the 760i produces 600hp.
If the aforementioned plans prove to be true, BMW will most likely use the same 3.0-litre inline-six engine seen on cars such as the 2-Series and 3-Series. The only difference is that the 7-Series will have full electrification. The report also goes on to suggest that the company could offer both plug-in as well as a mild-hybrid option with a variation of the same six-cylinder engine.
BMWBlog reports that the combined output for the entry-level, hybrid powered 7-Series will reportedly be 560hp along with 800Nm of torque, significantly higher than the current V8-powered model that delivers 389hp combined.
BMWBlog reports that the combined output for the entry-level, hybrid powered 7-Series will reportedly be 560hp along with 800Nm of torque.
While the idea is being shaped under BMW’s sheds, we won’t be seeing a new 7-Series for some time. The entry-level 740i of the current generation brings a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six that is good for 335hp and 749Nm of torque. Sitting above this is the 745e iPerformance plug-in hybrid which features the same inline-six engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 389hp and 600Nm.
Inside, BMW has substantially improved the cabin with pretty much the same layout. A new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.3-inch infotainment hub are part of the refresh along with additional seats for rear-seat passengers.