Wednesday, August 22, 2012


A few new models have snuck in through the back door while we were not looking, all from BMWSouth Africa. Good thing we often keep the back door slightly open, and noticed when the draft came in a little harder this time around. So what are these cars and how much do they cost? Sit and find out.

Firstly and most interestinglyis the new facelift 7 Series. Order books are now open for the flagship BMW which enters its last three and a half years of production. The 730d goes for R998 000, R22 500 more than the outgoing pre-facelift model. Then the 740iappears at R975 500 with its 235kW and 450Nm.

A brand new addition to the 7 family is a hybrid called ActiveHybrid 7, BMW SA’s second of three planned hybrids for 2012. This car matches its 3.0-litre turbo petrol with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries for a total system output of 260kW.

Later we see a 750iwith more power at 330kW and 650Nm, priced at R1 248 000. The Li version, which is about 14cm longer, is worth R1 360 000. At the very top is the 400kW 760Li that goes from 0 – 100km/h in less than 5 seconds (tested in Gauteng) at R1 702 000.

The 650i Coupe will cost R1 149 000. It comes with a 4.4-litre V8 with two turbos, delivering an improved 330kW and 650Nm of torque. The convertible version with a soft top goes for R1 201 000. A step higher of course, is the manic M6 Coupe at R1 391 500 a pop. Same 4.4-litre but now making 412kWand 680Nm and able to go from 0 - 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, limited to 250km/h.

Lastly the X5, which gets a completely new replacement in 2013, is introduced with the new 3.0-litre triturbo diesel engine that gets 280kW and 740Nm. This X5 M50d comes in at R954 500, making it the second-most expensive X5 in our market after the R1.3 million X5 M.

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