E65 is the internal model designation for the 7 Series full-size luxury sedan produced by BMW from 2001 to 2008. Development started in early 1996 and was finalised in mid-2001. The car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2001, and was launched in Europe on November 17, 2001. It first appeared in the USA and other markets in the spring of 2002, succeeding the replaced BMW E38. Although previous generations of the 7 Series had long-wheelbase and protection variants, the E65 was the first iteration to use specific chassis codes for each version. E65 was the designation of the short-wheelbase version of the automobile, E66 of the long-wheelbase version, E67 of the bulletproof version and E68 of the hydrogen version.
The E65 generated much controversy, due to its radical styling and iDrive user difficulties, so customers rushed to purchase its predecessor, the E38, before new E38s ran out of stock. Nonetheless, the E65 broke records to become the best-selling 7-series iteration ever, especially after its 2005 facelift.
It was replaced in 2008 by the F01.
7 E65/E66 735i
3.6 (220 cui) V8
19 photos | 1 service books | 11.73 l/100 km
Performance 200 kW (272 PS) at 272 rpm. Torque: 360 Nm (266 ft/lb) at 3700 rpm. Max speed 250 km/h. Acceleration 7.0 s ~ 0-100 km/h. Fuel gasoline. 6-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 3 600 ccm (220 cui), 8-cylinder, Furcate, N62.
7 E65/E66 730d
1 photos | 6 discussions | 7.50 l/100 km
Performance 170 kW (231 PS) . Fuel diesel. 6-speed Automatic transmission.
7 E65/E66 745i
4.5 (275 cui) V8
Performance 245 kW (333 PS) . Torque: 450 Nm (332 ft/lb) . Max speed 250 km/h. Acceleration 6.3 s ~ 0-100 km/h. Fuel gasoline + LPG. 6-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 4 500 ccm (275 cui), 8-cylinder, Furcate, 32-valves.