BMW E38 7-Series

The BMW E38 model was the basis for the BMW 7-Series 4-door range of saloon motor vehicles produced from 1995 through 2001 by the German automaker BMW AG of which 340,242 cars were produced at the factories in Dingolfing, Germany and Toluca in Mexico. Development began on the third generation 7-Series luxury cars at the beginning of the year 1988. The series was designed by Boyke Boyer, begining in 1991.

Final production design for the new 7-Series range was approved for production and in early 1994, development was concluded and the 1995 E38 BMW 7-Series was unveiled. Production started on February 17th of 1994 on testing production which culminated into variants of the vehicle with a long series production which began later that year.

The new 7-Series models were offered with either a five-speed automatic transmission or manual gearbox as a 730d, 740d, 740i or 740iL, and 750i or 750iL which all had the 5 speed ZF transmission as a standard production automatic. No manual gearbox was ever intended for the big 7-Series but BMW reluctantly fitted did include a 5-speed manual gearbox in its production.

The engine variants fitted to these executive cars came in all petrol and diesel models and sizes and included in the line-up were the 725tds, 728i, 730i, 730d, 735i, 740i which was made available in a 4.0 and 4.4 litre, and 740iL, 740d and 750i and 750iL. The 740i and 740iL were both powered by the popular 4.4 litre V8 engine. The dry curb weight of the cars was 1710 kg to 2185 kg’s

The considerably rarer 5.4 L V12 engine was BMW's flagship car that was produced with a 5.4 litre engine which was capable of producing 322 bhp or 240 kW. This V12 engine was also shared by the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph. A rare European executive long-wheelbase limousine model was also produced for the European and American markets and was called the BMW L7 which became available as a 740iL V8 and 750iL which was the V12 engine variants.

BMW also produced light armored vehicles which included body armor which also featured tinted bullet proof glass and run-flat tyres with other features of the E38 7-Series which included high-pressure headlight washers, auto-leveling Xenon headlights, sound system with multiple speakers and four subwoofers as well as 6-disc CD changer, onboard SATNAV.

Other features included an automatic climate control system, a three-position memory system for the driver’s seat, safety-belt height, an all new steering wheel and electric wing mirrors, front-seat side airbags and a head protection system were all standard features on the cars. The 750iL featured an all-leather interior, while the sport model featured sports seats.

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