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New BMW 7 Looks Stellar With M Sport, Shadow Line Packages


The refreshed 745e plug-in hybrid limousine boasts the Stormtrooper look.

BMW took a bold styling decision with the recent facelift fo its flagship 7 Series sedan. Possibly the boldest it's taken since the Bangle-butted E65 generation from over a decade ago. But whether you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between, there will be options to customize the look of the latest 7. And here are a couple of them.

What you're looking at here is a new 745e – the plug-in hybrid version of the big Bavarian sedan. Only this one's been equipped with both the M Sport and BMW Individual Shadow Line packages.

It looks pretty slick, all Stormtroopered-up in pearl white with black trim – from the wheels to the grilles and the window frames. No chrome here, just a lot of gloss-black trim. A clone of most other Sevens this is not, but the fanboys within us get the feeling that Jango Fett and the army-building Kaminoans of Star Wars lore would dig it.

Beneath the black and white appearance, the 745e packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six paired with an electric motor to deliver as much as 394 horsepower for a 0-62 mph time as low as 5.2 seconds and an electric-only range as high as 36 miles.

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The renewed 7 will also be available (on a global basis) with a choice of two gasoline and three diesel engines – all of them turbocharged. The 750i packs a 4.4-liter V8 good for 530 horsepower, the M760i boasts a 6.6-liter V12 rated at 585 hp, and all three diesels use the same 3.0-liter straight six with increasing levels of output: 730d at 265 hp, the 740d at 320 hp, and the 750d at 400 hp.

Neither the short-wheelbase nor the diesel versions will be offered in the US, where the new sedan will be offered in 740i, 750i, M760i, and 745e trims.