BMW Reportedly Planning To Discontinue Its V8 And V12 Engines
By Carprices TeamDecember 27th 2022
Efficiency norms have time and again proved that large and inefficient engines have no place in a greener tomorrow. This has forced various manufacturers to axe the big ones and opt for less number of cylinders alongside an electric-powertrain. The latest prey to this is the BMW 7-Series.
BMW Blog on Thursday reported that the 2020 7-Series will be the last model to feature the V8 and V12 engines in BMW lineup which will be replaced by electrification. The reworked 4.4-litre V8 engine in the current 750i produces 523hp which is 80hp more than the outgoing model. Whereas, the 6.6-litre V12 engine that powers the 760i produces 600hp.
If the reports prove to be true, BMW could include the same 3.0-litre inline-six engine seen on the 2-Series and 3-Series. The only difference is that the 7-Series will have full electrification as well. In fact, it was reported that the German manufacturer will offer both plug-in as well as mil-hybrid powertrains for the 7-Series with a variation of the same six-cylinder engine.
Combined output for the entry-level, hybrid-powered 7 Series will reportedly be 560hp and 800Nm of torque. The entry-level 740i of the recently unveiled 7-Series comes with 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.
BMW has not yet announced the pricing on its new 7-series which we expect to be disclosed closer to launch.
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