BMW 7 Series (E32)

BMW 750i ( 1987-1994 )

The BMW E32 is a luxury sedan of the 7-series BMW and was introduced in September 1986. One year after the launch with six-cylinder engines, followed by the 750i variant with the first German twelve-cylinder engine of the post-war period. Drawn was the E32 by the then Chief Designer Claus Luthe.

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Model history


After the development was started in 1979, BMW introduced the E32 series, first with the proven M30 six-cylinder engines as 730i and 735i. Their design was immediately well received, as the predecessor of many was perceived (especially in the rear of the vehicle ) than too little dynamic. The new elegant line embodied the dynamic that they brought with BMW in conjunction, now also in the upper class.

From the summer of 1987 BMW offered with the 5- liter 12-cylinder 750i ( M70 engine type ) the first twelve- cylinder of the postwar period. Already in its predecessor, the E23 people have experimented with this engine architecture, the oil crises of the 1970s made ​​this project but disappear first in the drawer. The twelve-cylinder model was visible externally on the wide kidney grille. BMW was the first time in this engine to catch up with the E32 with competitors such as Jaguar. The gap between twelve-cylinder engine and the BMW straight-six was later closed with a new generation of V8 engines.

With the E32 BMW introduced the L-shaped tail lights that should be typical of the BMW design. The technically possible maximum speed of BMW 750i limited electronically to 250 km / h In the year of its launch, the company with the Audi and Mercedes -Benz agreed a voluntary self-restriction to this limit.

The first time was from 1991 7 Series Xenon Light available as an optional extra.


In April 1992, the series has been revised. There was more wood in the interior, chrome door handles.

The engine plate has been revised. The new V8 engines of the type M60 and new five -speed automatic ZF_Friedrichshafen made ​​their entrance. The 735i with the six-cylinder was replaced by the 730i with the V8 ( M60B30 ).

It is noteworthy that the classic inline six- cylinder engine BMW M30 was offered with M60B30 with three liters of displacement to the production end of 1994, in parallel with the 730i.

The eight-cylinder engine also received a " wide cardioid " in the grille, which until then was the V12 models ( 750i/750iL ) reserved. The most exclusive equipment Highline with various extras (fridge, telephone, high-quality leather, etc.) was available from 1989.

The models 740i and 750i were available only with automatic transmission. The maximum speed of the 740i was electronically limited to 240 km / h to comply with the model hierarchy and 750i ( limited to 250 km / h) to maintain a distance from the top model.

All versions were also available in a long version. These vehicles marked with an additional "L" had been extended to 11.4 inches. The thus created space came exclusively benefited the rear passengers. As one of the first cars in the E32 was fitted on request and at an additional cost with insulating double glazing to the side windows and rear window world. This glazing reduces the noise level and prevents fogging. BMW was responding to the presentation of the Mercedes -Benz W140 series, in which the side windows were made standard with insulating double glazing. This glazing is two-pane toughened thick with 3 mm are sealed airtight in a distance of 3 mm with a full perimeter spacer. The total thickness of this plate is 9 mm.

In October 1994, the E32 was replaced by the E38.


The series was offered with five gasoline engines. With the introduction of the 730 and the 735 M30 in-line six -cylinder engines, the 750 was offered the then new M70 twelve-cylinder engine with an output of 300 hp. 1992, a new 32- valve V8 engine was introduced, the M60. The 730i was a variant with three liters of displacement, the new 740i came with a four -liter version of the engine. Both versions were available with a five-speed ZF automatic transmission. The 730iA with the 5HP18 and 5HP30 with the 740iA. The 730i was available with a manual transmission. By the end of production, the classic engine M30B30 was so offered as a six-cylinder.

Values ​​in brackets [ ] for automatic version. * limited.