It seems like the F01 BMW 7 Series facelift is more of an ongoing piece of kit than we’d imagine. The US market version still has one extra step in evolution to consider.
According to Car and Driver, the Bavarians are going to introduce a diesel version of the flagship limo to the US market.
That’s a serious commitment, even for the sort of company that BMW is. It’s actually so tricky that the original plan to bring BMW diesel back to the US couldn’t happen before.
Apparently, it was the M550d that was to bring diesel back to the US but since that model isn’t expected to have too long a life in production, thus making it not worth the emissions-compliance costs.
Since the BMW 7 Series, be it the F01 version or whatever revised version may be sitting in the future, will have a considerably longer life, that problem is eliminated.
Now that we know they’re coming here’s the short list. All diesel engines that are going into the 7 Series are 3.0 liter straight six-cylinder units, that have been first found in the 735d and the 740d in Europe.
There’s no news on the 750d, the one that would be powered by the new tri-turbocharged six cylinder so the dawn of 400 horsepower in an oil burner is yet to be achieved.
After all, it’s not like its smaller brothers are down on power. Let’s not forget that the 740d has 269 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque.
The 750d, on the other hand, has 312 horses and an even meatier and 465 lb-ft of twist available on tap.
The low-rev nature of that power is what gives the F01 BMW 7 Series even more motorway wafting appeal.