BMW gave the 7 Series a few nips and tucks and some new tech for 2013, and now has bestowed its new flagship with a revised price tag. The 2013 BMW 7 Series will start at $74,195 for a 740i and rocket up to the $140,200 760Li, including destination.
For 2013, the 7 Series will continue on using the same powertrain options as in 2012. Buyers can choose between five turbocharged powerplants: a 315-hp inline-six (740i), a 445-hp V-8 (750i), a 349-hp I-6 paired with an electric motor (ActiveHybrid 7 L), a 540-hp V-8 (Alpina B7), and a 535-hp V-12 (760Li).
Pricing for the 2013 740i begins at $74,195 – an increase of $2300 over this year’s model – and the long-wheelbase 740Li rises $1800 to $78,195. New for 2013 is the 740LI xDrive (all-wheel drive, long-wheelbase, I-6) that will retail starting at $81,195. The V-8 powered 750i range has been priced at $87,195; add $3000 to that figure for xDrive, $3700 for the long-wheelbase 750Li, and $6700 for an Li with xDrive. By our computations, that’s an increase of $2000 for 750i models and $1800 for 750Li models. We’ve previously covered pricing for the 2013 Alpina B7, which will start at $128,495. The range-topping 760Li will cost affluent buyers a cool $140,200 before options, up $2005 from 2012.
The hybrid 7 Series is the only variant in the range to see a decrease in its pricing for 2013: now only available in long-wheelbase form, it will cost $84,895, down a whopping $17,000 from the current model. This ActiveHybrid 7 foregoes the 4.4-liter V-8 and electric motor in favor of the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo I-6 and electric motor setup also found in the 2013 ActiveHybrid 5 and 3.
Along with minor interior and exterior cosmetic upgrades, the 2013 model year brings a raft of new technology to the BMW 7 Series. All 7ers now include auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration, and an ECO PRO transmission mode to help reduce fuel consumption. 750i/750Li models have ditched the six-speed automatic in exchange for the brand’s new ZF-sourced eight-speed unit. Rear air suspension is now standard across the board (previously available only on LWB cars) and all but the 760Li offer optional LED headlights (the 760Li has them as standard equipment). There is also a new, full-digital dashboard with customizable gauges.
Save the ActiveHybrid 7, the 2013 7 Series will be available in dealerships later this summer; the hybrid will arrive this fall. All prices listed include the $895 destination fee.