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25 years BMW twelve cylinder: When the 7 Series BMW did the S-Class to
Site editor Sebastian Viehmann (Munich)
Tonight BMW is showing the new 7 Series – the old rivalry to Daimler flares up again. Almost 30 years ago, BMW brought the twelve cylinder in the 7 Series. Mercedes was shocked. The fight for the left motorway track was so dogged that BMW even planned a 16-cylinder.
"It’s a sin!“Sang the Pet Shop Boys in 1987. But can performance really be sin? So you prefer to protrude the stereo cassette in the BMW 750i up to "With or Without You" from U2. And glides relaxed over the highway. The twelve -cylinder engine murmurs, the level regulation is ironed smooth. BMW had decided: only with a twelve cylinder could you play at the forefront in the 80s. The right song of the Hitparade 1987 comes from Starship: "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now" – nothing can stop us.
The star wipe out
At that time, the Munich -based company was bursting with self -confidence. With the 7 Series of the E32 series, a car had finally been launched in 1986, which was able to drive the arch enemy S-Class the rank. The first 7 Series had been a success, the second a hammer strike on the Mercedesstern. But BMW wanted more: The first German series twelve-cylinder engine since the Second World War should present Mercedes with accomplished facts.
In this S-Class you feel like Helmut Kohl
Site In this S-Class you feel like Helmut Kohl
The twelve gives 300 hp from five liters of displacement. The two cylinder banks stand at a 60-degree angle, the forged crankshaft is stored seven times. Even according to the standards of today’s twelve -cylinder in the current 7 Series, the unit is calm in the E32 and sovereign. Silk -soft, as usual from BMW. In 1987, the Munichers promoted the coins placed uphill to the engine block. But when you step on the gas, the V12 lets the macho hang out with a sonorous buzz. 7.4 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h. That the new 760i needs almost three seconds less – free of charge. Finally he has six liters of displacement, 544 hp and turbocharging.
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The first 750i was of course a milestone in 1987, and from the engine to the cockpit the rule was: everything was only at its finest. A lot of polished wood and bright walk-Nappa leather delight the eye, the T-shaped lever of the automatic transmission is also made of wood. Of course, this cannot hide the fact that the gearbox can only distribute the V12 power with four gears. A manual switching function or even switches are in vain, but at least there is the "AGS" switch: the "adaptive gear control" ensures faster switching processes in sports mode. The EDC electronic damper control was also new at the time.
James Bonds Agenten-BMW with cell phone control
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Meanwhile, the C-Netz telephone from Siemens is parked in the center console, also a child of the 1980s. One wonders whether there is an old man somewhere in a dusty basement – like the last knight of the round table – and is waiting for him to get a call from the C network. But the listener is of course dead, more than 10 years ago the forerunner of today’s mobile phone network was discontinued. The operating instructions of the device, which was then sinfully expensive at the time, sound almost prophetic: “The phone calling while driving is not prohibited according to the current law, but in the event of an accident, this can be taken into account when assigning the guilt."
In 1987, managers were able to make their stock transactions without fear of a fine at full speed and meanwhile the left motorway track cleared out. The extra-wide BMW kidney still ensures that there is enough overtaking prestige, which absorbs cool air for the V12 like a greedy predator for the V12.
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