Last week, you saw the rather upmarket Nissan NP300 Navara pick-up in our walk-around video tour series; today, we’re taking things on a whole new level of luxury. Say hello to the G12 BMW 7 Series, the newest version of Munich’s flagship luxury sedan – launched last month, it’s built to take on the W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class at its own game.
All-new for 2016, the 7 Series is built on an all-new modular platform, utilising carbon-fibre, magnesium, aluminium and steel in its construction. Dubbed Carbon Core, it enables the 7 Series to be as much as 130 kg lighter than the previous-generation F01/F02, even though it is longer than before.
The G12 (so called because it is the long-wheelbase version; the SWB 7er is codenamed G11) is is available in two variants – the “base” RM598,800 730Li is powered by a downsized 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo four-pot petrol delivering 258 hp from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm.
Moving up, the RM788,800 740Li is motivated by a 3.0 litre turbo straight-six punching out 326 hp from 5,500 to 6,500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque from 1,380 to 5,000 rpm. Both are mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission as before, sending power to the rear wheels.
Plenty of new technology on offer on the G12, including the new Laserlight headlights, newfangled BMW Display Key with integrated touchscreen, Welcome Light Carpet, Sky Lounge panoramic roof, overhauled iDrive infotainment system (now with gesture control), rear-mounted BMW Touch Command seven-inch tablet, as well as BMW Driving Assistant Plus that offers up semi-autonomous driving functions.
As usual, you can browse CarBase.my for full specifications, equipment and options on offer. But enough writing – watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about the G12 BMW 7 Series, and sound off in the comments after the jump. Thanks for watching.
GALLERY: G12 BMW 730Li in Malaysia
GALLERY: G12 BMW 740Li in Malaysia