For the 2013 model year, BMW has upgraded its flagship full-size 7 Series luxury sedan and priced it accordingly. Adjusting prices for the new model year, BMW has upped its point of entry by more than $2,000 to $74,195, including $895 for destination and handling.
That’s for a base-level short-wheelbase BMW 740i, which comes with a redesigned 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The new engine adds 15 horsepower—315 total—but now equips it with an eight-speed automatic, auto start-stop technology, a redesigned iDrive infotainment interface, and updates throughout. The long-wheelbase 2013 BMW 740Li starts at $78,195. For the first time, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be available on the long-wheelbase 740Li, starting at $81,195.
Moving up to its next engine option, the BMW 750i and 750Li will come equipped with a more potent 445-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-8 engine—up 45 horsepower from last year’s model. Like the 740Li, it too will come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and feature upgraded technologies. It starts at $87,195 for the short-wheelbase 7 Series and $90,895 for the extended wheelbase models. The 750i and 750Li xDrive start at $90,195 and $93,895, respectively.
The ActiveHybrid 7, now equipped with a more-efficient six-cylinder engine instead of a V-8, starts at $84,895 and only comes in long-wheelbase form for 2013.
Stepping in between the V-8-powered 750Li and the range-topping V-12 BMW 760Li is the BMW Alpina B7, a performance-oriented, hand-crafted limited edition 7 Series from BMW’s most-trusted outside tuner company. Equipped with a 540-horsepower version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, the Alpina B7 is the closest thing customers will get to a BMW M7 until perhaps the car’s next-generation redesign. For the first time, the Alpina B7 is available with all-wheel drive to complement the car’s two wheelbase configurations. BMW says it can hit 60 mph in 4.3 to 4.4 seconds, depending on how it’s optioned and has a potential top speed of 194 mph when equipped with rear-wheel drive. It starts at $128,495 for a short-wheelbase B7 model, goes to $131,495 with xDrive, moves up to $132,395 for a rear-drive, long-wheelbase model, and tops out at a starting price of $135,395 for a long-wheelbase B7 with all-wheel drive.
Finally, top-range 2013 BMW 760Li starts at $140,200, only coming to the U.S. as a long-wheelbase model. It boasts a 535-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine, a carryover from 2012. But, like other BMW 7 Series models, it features a host of improvements.
For the new model year, BMW says all but the 760Li should be more fuel-efficient, and all of them are available with BMW’s first LED headlight units, as well as a re-engineered suspension and a newly available Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The 2013 BMW 7 Series is expected to hit showrooms starting in the late summer, with the ActiveHybrid 7 Series following in the fall.