Mike Stevens | Nov 29, 2012

BMW's big 7 Series limo has been given an update for 2013, bringing new features, updated engines, a new eight-speed auto, and a pair of new petrol-electric ActiveHybrid models.

The update brings a price increase however, with Australian petrol and diesel models adding between $2000 to nearly $6000 to their stickers.

The Australian 2013 7 Series line-up now kicks off at $204,600 for the 730d diesel, topping out at the long-wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7L at $237,000.


Mechanical Package


  • 190kW/560Nm 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbodiesel.
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • 5.6 l/100km fuel consumption on combined cycle.
  • 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds.


  • 235kW/450Nm 3.0 litre six-cylinder petrol.
  • Eight-speed auto.
  • 7.9 l/100km on combined cycle.
  • 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds.


  • 330kW/650Nm 4.4 litre twin-turbo eight-cylinder petrol.
  • Eight-speed auto.
  • 8.6 l/100km on combined cycle.
  • 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.


  • 400kW/750Nm 6.0 litre twin-scroll turbo 12-cylinder.
  • Eight-speed auto
  • 12.9 l/100km on combined cycle.
  • 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

ActiveHybrid 7/7L

  • 235kW/450Nm 3.0 litre six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol, 40kW electric motor.
  • Eight-speed auto.
  • 6.8 l/100km on combined cycle.
  • 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds.

The ActiveHybrid 7 has had its 4.4 litre V8 engine replaced by the same 3.0 litre turbo-six driving the 740i.

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As with the ActiveHybrid 5 and 3 models, the ActiveHybrid 7 packs its electric motor in between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Unlike its eight-cylinder predecessor, the new second-generation hybrid also allows electric-only driving; although you'll only get four kilometres of continuous use, at a top speed of 60km/h. Ideal for start/stop traffic and short trips.

All 2013 7 Series models also pick up a new coasting mode, shutting down the engine where appropriate to save fuel.

Apart from the 760Li, BMW EfficientDynamics technologies including Auto Start/Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and the addition of the ECO PRO mode for the Driving Experience Control have all contributed to lower fuel consumption and greater efficiency.



For 2013, the big 7 Series gets an all-digital dash, allowing the display graphics and colour to change depending on the driving mode; Comfort, Sport, EcoPro.

Head-up display is standard, as is lane departure warning and approach warning. A new dynamic light system is also featured, blacking out the section of high-beam light that can affect motorists on the road ahead.

Dynamic Light pots is new, standard on 750i/760i and optional on others, picking out and highlighting obstacles up to 100 metres ahead.

Other features include self-levelling rear suspension, electric-assisted power steering, updated front seats, 9.2 inch flatscreen displays for the rear seats, and an optional 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound system.

BMW says it has also overhauled the 7 Series' insulation, adding additional sound-deadening materials to the B and C pillars, along with the skirts and boot area.



  • 2013 BMW 730d - $204,600
  • 2013 BMW 740i - $211,500
  • 2013 BMW 740Li - $226,500
  • 2013 BMW 750i - $281,100
  • 2013 BMW 750Li - $297,800
  • 2013 BMW 760Li - $391,500
  • 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid - $222,000
  • 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid - $237,000

Note: prices exclude on-road costs.

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