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2007 New Car Model Guide: BMW Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


BMWGermany's BMW builds incomparable performance machines in an extensive line of sedans and coupes, station wagons and sport-utility vehicles, plus several convertibles. The fleet culminates with flagship 7 Series full-size sedans. New models for 2007 focus on the next generation of designs for compact-class 3 Series coupes, while the 5 Series sedans plus sleek 6 Series coupes and convertibles spin off ultra-performance M models equipped with massive powertrains.

BMW 7 Series
2007 BMW 7 Series

BMW's full-size 7 Series luxury/performance sedans offer two powerful engines. There's a V8 for 750i and stretched 750Li, or a V12 in the 760Li. The V8 employed by 750i and 750Li displaces 4.8 liters and delivers 360 hp. The 12-cylinder engine for 760Li is a 6.0-liter aluminum plant that makes 408 hp and features BMW's Valvetronic system plus fully variable bi-VANOS camshaft controls. Both engines tie to a six-speed automatic with shift-by-wire technology. These line-topping 7 Series cars bring sophisticated electronics governing power production and vehicle stability, and dazzling interactive voice commands for operating navigation, climate and communication equipment.

BMW 6 Series
2007 BMW 6 Series

Mid-size 650i models -- a hardtop coupe or soft top convertible -- stock a 4.8-liter V8 which generates 360 hp with transmission choices including a ZF six-speed electronic automatic with Steptronic manual mode. High-tech hardware aboard includes Active Roll Stabilization (ARS) to reduce body roll and optional Active Steering Control (ASC) that can vary the steering ratio to match a driver's style and pavement conditions. A plush cockpit features articulated bucket seats and trimmings in leathers and hardwoods. There are luxurious appointments and power controls with memory settings, plus electronic tools like BMW's computerized iDrive controller.

BMW 5 Series
2007 BMW 5 Series

BMW's mid-size cars include rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) models. AWD sedans are labeled 525xi and 530xi and a five-door AWD sport wagon is the 530xi. RWD sedans include 525i, 530i and 550i. For 525i the in-line-six engine delivers 215 hp, but for 530i and 530xi output climbs to 255 hp. Deluxe 550i with BMW's 4.8-liter V8 makes 360 hp. All 5 Series cars incorporate an engine Start/Stop button and provide the spectrum of BMW mechanical systems for performance and safety, including Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) to correct lateral skidding. BMW's Night Vision is also available.

BMW 3 Series Sedans/Wagons
2007 BMW 3 Series

The 3 Series string of compact cars from BMW also extends to four-door sedans and five-door sport wagons with RWD and AWD variations. For 2007, all versions gain powertrain upgrades matching the 3 Series coupes. Sedans include the 328i (RWD) and 328xi (AWD) plus 335i (RWD). Wagons are the 328xi (AWD) and new 328i (RWD). 328 models use a 3.0-liter six-in-line worth 230 hp, while 335i gets the twin-turbo issue for 300 hp. BMW's compacts also carry a load of sophisticated electronic vehicle controls such as DSC and the Head Protection System (HPS) air bags. [Read RTM's Full Review]

BMW X Series
2007 BMW X Series

This compact-class SUV goes by the alphanumeric tag of X3. Think of it as a raucous sports car with a wagon's boxy utility bay. For 2007 BMW upgrades the X3 with refreshed exterior styling including revised bumper and headlamps, a refined interior treatment with more luxurious appointments, and a new engine pumping more power. The name changes to reflect the engine upgrade -- to X3 3.0si. BMW's 3.0-liter six-in-line delivers 260 hp and links to a standard six-speed manual shifter or no-load six-speed Steptronic automatic. Options include a Sport Package with 19-inch wheels and sport suspension calibrations.

BMW Z Series
2007 BMW Z Series

BMW's two-seat Z4 roadster spins off a new Z4 coupe, which comes together along with the drop-top at a BMW plant in South Carolina. The coupe, looking long and low and quick, features a curvy hardtop covering the cockpit and a spoiler integrated into the tail. For juice the new Z4 3.0si Coupe or Roadster draw from BMW's 3.0-liter in-line-six engine which delivers 255 hp with a six-speed Getrag manual stick or optional six-speed ZF Steptronic automatic. The roadster's Premium Package applies a power lid, automatic climate system, auto dimming for all mirrors and power controls for seats.

BMW M Series
2007 BMW M Series

The line of ultra-performance cars from BMW expands in 2007 with a new M5 sedan, plus M6 coupe and convertible, and Z4 M roadster and M coupe. All thrust for M5 stems from a 5.0-liter V10 that blows the doors off with 500 hp and massive torque fed through a seven-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG) which charts both automatic and manual shift programs. For M6 models, M5's V10 powertrain with SMG also works. With Z4 M roadster and M coupe, the plant is a 3.2-liter in-line-six which knocks down 343 hp with a six-speed manual gearbox.