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7 Series background (E65/E66)

Discussion in 'E65/E66 (2002-2008)' started by Bill Howard, Dec 8, 2007.

    Bill Howard guest

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    The E65 and long-wheelbase E66 are the fifth generation of BMW's top-of-the-line sedan, introduced fall 2001, with first U.S. models arriving spring 2002. This is the BMW model famous for two of BMW's most forward-looking and controversial features: the iDrive cockpit controller and the vastly different styling with the high trunk design (Bangle Butt).

    BMW softened some of the lines with a mid-life freshening in 2005. The 750i and 750Li have 4.8-liter, 360-hp V8 engines; the 760Li has a 6.0-liter 438-hp V12. The E66 is five inches longer and represents the majority of U.S. sales that totaled about 14,500 in 2007. The high water mark for the BMW 7 Series sales was 2002, when 22,006 were sold.

    The succeeding 7 Series, which will apparently not have an E-code, is due in 2008 or 2009. The history of the 7 Series dates back 30 years:

    E65/E66.......... 2001-
    E38 ............. 1995-2001
    E32 ............. 1987-1994
    E23 ............. 1977-1986


    Base prices for 2008 models are:

    750i Sedan ........ $76,575
    750Li Sedan ....... $79,675
    760Li Sedan ...... $123,375
    Alpina B7 ........ $115,775
    Options (based on 750Li):
    Sport package ...... $3,000
    Adaptive ride ...... $1,900
    19-inch wheels ..... $1,300
    Rear side airbags......$300
    Night vision ........$2,200
    Convenience pkg .....$1,000
    Cold weather pkg ..... $700
    Luxury seating ......$2,200
    Comfort access ......$1,000
    Rear comfort seats ..$3,500
    Premium sound .......$1,800
    Rear DVD ........... $2,200
    HD Radio ............. $350
    Sirius satellite radio $595
    Prices include $775 freight.

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    Certainly goes without saying Bill... but VERY informative and interesting Thread. Thank You. :)

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