2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show FloorBMW rolled out the red carpet for the debut of the new 2009 BMW 7-Series and BMW Concept 7-Series ActiveHybrid, both driving across the carpet under power of BMW's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8. The difference is while the 2009 7-Series moved with the force of 400 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque, the 7-Series ActiveHybid had an additional 20 HP and 155 lb-ft of torque on tap thanks to the addition of an electric motor. The former will go on sale early next year while the latter is but a concept, though one we believe is close to the design of a future BMW hybrid. Press releases and live photos below.

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

Check out more on the BMW 7-Series from CarandDriver.com
BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid: The BMW of hybrids As an integral part of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid previews the potential of BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a luxury sedan. In typical BMW fashion, this new concept car combines a significant reduction of fuel consumption and emissions with a level of driving dynamics never seen before even in this class of hybrid cars. The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is an intelligent symbiosis of BMW's new twin-turbo V8 engine and electric drive as a mild hybrid concept. A compact electric motor, integrated into the transmission housing, replaces the conventional alternator as well as the starter. Power to run all electrics on-board the car is generated by means of Brake Energy Regeneration. The combination of internal combustion engine and electric motor take the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8's already potent 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque and supplies an additional 20 horsepower and up to 155 lb-ft of torque as needed. The drivetrain technology featured in the concept car allows enhanced driving dynamics together with a reduction of fuel consumption and emissions by 15 percent in the EU test cycle compared to the same car running on a combustion engine alone. At the same time the use of BMW ActiveHybrid technology does not require any compromises in driving qualities and features of the BMW 7 Series. Energy is stored in a compact lithium-ion battery housed in the luggage compartment. An Auto Start Stop function helps to ensure optimum efficiency in all driving situations. The hybrid technology showcased in the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is perfectly suited to the new benchmark in the full-sized performance luxury sedan segment just as the two-mode hybrid technology used in the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, also on display in Los Angeles, is well matched to the world's first Sports Activity Coupe. BMW 7 Series again sets the benchmark The all-new fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series radiates a natural presence, inherent sportiness and an elegance born of precision in concept and execution. A new V-8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers expresses BMW EfficientDynamics at the highest level of performance. The 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 delivers 400 hp and 450lb-ft of torque. New, exclusive BMW driver-assistance systems and comfort-related features further add to a truly exceptional driving and riding experience. Inside the new 7, the ambiance is luxurious, of transcendent quality and - most important of all - inviting. The driver-oriented control center features Black Panel technology. More functions than ever are conveniently accessible to the driver from the multi-function steering wheel. The new 7 is BMW's first passenger car with multi-link double-wishbone front suspension. The new Integral V rear suspension incorporates extensive use of aluminum. On the long wheelbase 750Li, self-leveling air suspension is standard. Also new, and a world premiere: Integral Active Steering, which adds speed-sensitive rear-wheel steering. With the standard Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can choose between four settings for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shift characteristics, engine-throttle response and power-steering assist. An array of innovative driver-assistance options unique in the luxury segment includes Active Cruise Control with new stop-and-go capability, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Head-up Display, High Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with new Pedestrian Detection, Side View and Back-up Cameras. All of this will make the new 7 once again the benchmark for performance, luxury, efficiency and safety when it arrives in the US in early 2009.
[Source: BMW] XXXXXXX 2009 BMW 7-Series, Now With 400 hp Twin-Turbo V8 The next generation 7-Series has officially arrived, though if you've been paying attention you've already seen the 2009 BMW 7-series and now that the design team has gone to great effort to correct the awkward-looking rear quarters of the car. A new twin-turbocharged, direct-injection 4.4-liter V8 manages 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, which should make the chauffeur happy. If you find yourself behind the wheel there's a plethora of technology to keep you from killing yourself including Active Cruise Control, Active Blind Spot Detection, BMW Night Vision and cameras on the side and rear of the luxo-yacht. The new 7-series is also the first BMW with a multi-link double-wishbone front suspension. It's something to think about on the way to the appointment with your increasingly distressed stock broker.

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

2009 BMW 7-Series, ActiveHybrid Hit LA Show Floor

Check out more on the BMW 7-Series from CarandDriver.com
BMW 7 Series again sets the benchmark The all-new fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series radiates a natural presence, inherent sportiness and an elegance born of precision in concept and execution. A new V-8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers expresses BMW EfficientDynamics at the highest level of performance. The 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 delivers 400 hp and 450lb-ft of torque. New, exclusive BMW driver-assistance systems and comfort-related features further add to a truly exceptional driving and riding experience. Inside the new 7, the ambiance is luxurious, of transcendent quality and - most important of all - inviting. The driver-oriented control center features Black Panel technology. More functions than ever are conveniently accessible to the driver from the multi-function steering wheel. The new 7 is BMW's first passenger car with multi-link double-wishbone front suspension. The new Integral V rear suspension incorporates extensive use of aluminum. On the long wheelbase 750Li, self-leveling air suspension is standard. Also new, and a world premiere: Integral Active Steering, which adds speed-sensitive rear-wheel steering. With the standard Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can choose between four settings for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shift characteristics, engine-throttle response and power-steering assist. An array of innovative driver-assistance options unique in the luxury segment includes Active Cruise Control with new stop-and-go capability, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Head-up Display, High Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with new Pedestrian Detection, Side View and Back-up Cameras. All of this will make the new 7 once again the benchmark for performance, luxury, efficiency and safety when it arrives in the US in early 2009.