BMW 7 Series (E38)

BMW 750i (1994-2001 )

The provided with the internal series designation BMW E38 upper-class model was the third generation of the BMW presents the 7 series in October 1993 at the IAA in Frankfurt / Main public and manufactured from June 1994 as the successor of the BMW E32, the BMW plant in Dingolfing. In this series first came a newly developed integral rear axle are used. Another novelty introduced represents the integrated navigation software

From the series a total of 327 560 copies were made ​​, the replacement took place until the autumn of 2001 through the fourth generation of BMW E65.

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Model history


Known from the E32 series eight-cylinder V- engine BMW M60 were 3.0 and 4.0 liters offered ( 730i and 740i ) first model to launch in the fall of 1994. Both models sold about the same frequency. Shortly after the start of production of the BMW 750i (or iL with 14 cm longer wheelbase ) was presented, whose twelve-cylinder V- engine BMW M73 is presented in a revised form and, inter alia, a displacement increase to 0.4 liters to now 5.4 liters and a power increase had to 240 kW. In 1995 came in the 728i six-cylinder BMW M52 with 142 kW ( 193 hp), which henceforth constituted the basic engine.

In the technical revision in 1996 came to the airbags for driver and front passenger surcharge side and head airbags added, also in the rear. The engine capacity of 3.0 - and 4.0 -liter engines was the new engine series BMW M62 to 3.5 ( 735i ) or 4.4 liter ( further referred to as 740i ) increased. The maximum torque increased from 290 to 320 and from 400 to 420 Nm. The 735i now made ​​175 kW ( 235 hp ) instead of 160 kW (218 hp).

The power rating of the 740i remained unchanged at 210 kW ( 286 hp ), but it did have a higher torque. Also, a six-cylinder diesel engine with swirl chamber injection and 105 kW ( 143 hp ) was now 725tds available in the model. The models 725tds to 740i were delivered to the facelift in the late summer of 1998 as standard with a manual transmission, after which concerned only the 728i.

While it has been offered an advanced manual 5-speed gearbox for the 730i, 740i received the a newly developed six -speed transmission. In practice, however automatic versions were usually ordered.

Interior with navigation system

BMW 740i Individual ( 1998)


In the third generation of the BMW 7 - series, there were some technical innovations and advancements:

BMW stayed henceforth increasingly seek to combine driving with active driving comfort and environmental protection. In addition, they put great value on giving despite the claims of the luxurious rear occupants the driver with a sporty driving. The newly developed integral rear axle allowed the compromise between sporty driving, comfort and safety. From the facelift models, there were also a number of technical innovations such as Brake Assist, called Dynamic Brake Control at BMW. A voice control for the optional navigation system and telephone were also available from 1999. Besides German, other European languages ​​were introduced shortly after the premiere. The optional key memory stores both key individual settings, for example, to sitting position or climate control. In conjunction with Car Memory can be a hitherto unprecedented diversity be served to your own needs. So you can adjust among other things, how the car is to be opened in order to, for example, protect special cargo in the trunk.


In September 1998, the 7 Series has been modified, with headlights, kidneys, tail lights and side skirts have been revised. For the eight-cylinder VANOS variable camshaft control was introduced, the 175 kW ( 238 hp ) and 345 Nm boosted the performance of the 735i, 740i on the other hand the nominal remained unchanged at 210 kW ( 286 hp). Only the torque was increased to 440 Nm. The 6-speed version of the 740i was omitted.

New, however, was a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine with direct injection in the model 730d, initially with 135 kW ( 184 hp ), later with 142 kW ( 193 hp ), which replaced the 725tds. From 1999, also payable with a 180 kW ( 245 hp ) 4.0-liter eight-cylinder engine of the then most powerful production diesel engine in the world ( 740d ) was offered.

Rear view



This model was built exclusively as a four-door notchback sedan.

The equipped with a petrol engine variants were available as a long-wheelbase version. These vehicles marked with an additional "L" were extended by 14 centimeters. The thus created space came exclusively benefited the rear passengers.

From 1997, BMW produced in small numbers the L7. A 750iL was extended to the B- pillar in favor of the Fund by another 25 centimeters. The L7 was primarily intended for markets United States, Asia and Arabia. The selling price was about 250,000 D-Mark. A total of 899 vehicles were ordered.

Models and engine

BMW Alpina B12

Based on the BMW 750i Alpina B12 5.7 developed 1995 with 5.7 liter displacement and 284 kW ( 386 hp), from 1999 ( facelift) the Alpina B12 6.0 with 6 liters of displacement and 315 kW ( 428 hp ). These models are in not electronically limited unlike the BMW factory deliveries to 250 km / h, but can reach top speeds of 280 and 291 km / h

The E38 in film and television

Models of these 7 series can be seen in the following films and television series:


  • The E38 was the first car with factory lieferbarem navigation system in the world. Meanwhile, on-board monitor also made it possible to watch TV on the stand.