2002 BMW 7 Series - Road Test Specs

2002 BMW 7 Series Sedan

(4.4L V8 6-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2002
MakeBMW
Model745i
StyleSedan
Base MSRP$67,850
As-tested MSRP$75,695
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)333 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)332 @ 3,600
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontAluminum double-joint thrust-rod spring strut
Suspension, rearAluminum IV multi-arm
Steering typeSpeed related rack-and-pinion, power assisted
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Primacy
Tire size, frontP245/45R19
Tire size, rearP245/45R19
Brakes, frontVented disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)6.0
0-75 mph (sec.)8.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.5 @ 97.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27.1
60-0 mph (ft.)110.69
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)39.7
Sound level @ idle (dB)50
@ Full throttle (dB)70
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)72
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsSurprisingly quick for such a large car. It takes off with little drama, but it builds speed quickly from there on out. Brake-torque starts don't seem to help, as the quickest time was achieved on the initial street-start run. Manual shifting with the steering wheel controls was too complicated to help matters any.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsAbsolutely phenomenal braking power run after run. No discernable fade after four straight panic stops. There is considerable ABS system noise, but considering the result, it doesn't seem like much of a problem. Perfect stability on every run. When it comes to power and capability, this is easily one of the best systems in the world.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsIt took a while to get used to the handling, as the car is surprising agile for its size. Body roll is kept well under control, but there's still enough to get a good feel for how it's transitioning from turn to turn. The tail will swing out easily with enough throttle at the limit, but the car never surprises you with any abrupt movements. After numerous runs, we were able to get the car's times down to a very respectable number for this class. Overall, a very competent handler that will rarely let you down when the road gets curvy. — Ed Hellwig
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (F)60
Wind (mph, direction)1 mph
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 18/26 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.3
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,376
Length (in.)198
Width (in.)74.9
Height (in.)58.7
Wheelbase (in.)117.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)39.2
Headroom, rear (in.)38.5
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)18
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N.A
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion6 years limited rust perforation
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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