It’s the seventh lethal sin, satisfaction. However the proprietor of this widebody BMW 7 Sequence is true to be pleased with it, because it has been artfully reimagined with excessive prejudice…
Characteristic from Efficiency BMW journal. Images: Deniss Podnebess.
All of us need to drive one thing distinctive. It harks again to the sepia-tinted days of old-timey suburbia when everybody was eager to maintain up with the Joneses by climbing the company ladder to blag an organization automobile that might outdo the neighbours; in case you had a GXL once they solely had a GL, you’d received. And, inevitably, the automotive aftermarket grew into a world colossus to fulfil precisely this need, to show a mainstream manufacturing automobile into the automobile you need it to be. Whether or not your proclivities lie in having the quickest machine on the block, probably the most trendy, or no matter else takes your fancy, individuality is vital. Whether or not your major focus is on wheels or audio or inside retrims or bodywork addenda, or perhaps a fusion of all these items and extra, the important thing to all of it is to make sure that if you pull up on the visitors lights, there’s no likelihood in any way of anyone coming alongside in an equivalent automobile.
This was very a lot the road of considering pursued by Andrew (@munich.bruiser) within the creation of this astonishingly aggressive widebody BMW 7 Sequence. Because the boss-man at ProTuning in Riga, Latvia, he definitely is aware of a factor or two about taking cool vehicles and making them cooler, and he squeezed each drop of nous and expertise into crafting what is sort of presumably the angriest G11 that the world has ever seen. He didn’t simply need any previous 7 Sequence – he wished to take its inherent businessman-in-a-tracksuit vibe and amp it as much as excessive ranges. Which, as you may see, he’s achieved with some success.
All of this stems from a lifelong enthusiasm for BMWs. Andrew’s first automobile was an E30 3 Sequence, and since then, he reckons that he’s owned each completely different model of the E30 doable, other than the Baur. He even had an M3 that was swapped to run an S50B32, which was typically fairly wonderful and earned itself a bunch of magazine options. “I’ve been in love with BMWs from the very begin,” he assures us. “It’s like a drug. I’ve had all kinds, together with a turbocharged M20B30 stroker in an E30 Convertible… each automobile I’ve owned, I’ve executed one thing particular with.”
Particular is the watchword, little doubt – however it’s fairly a pivot to go from a bunch of E30 3 Sequence to a G11 7 Sequence, isn’t it? Within the broad scheme of BMWs throughout the generations, these two fashions are just about at reverse ends of the dimensions. So what led Andrew to supersize? “Properly, it’s a sports activities and luxurious saloon,” he causes, “and all of us are grown-up children – and nonetheless play with our toys. I wished to have the perfect toy on the planet, and I did it.” A buddy of his had owned this 2016-model xDrive 740d from new, and by the center of 2019, he was trying to promote. At this level, it had 58,000km on the clock and appeared to be a particularly whole lot, so Andrew threw some money his approach, and the cogs in his mind began turning.
“The automobile was in mint situation, and absolutely loaded,” he remembers. “Naturally, the very first thing I did was to start out imagining issues I might change. I’d been fascinated about making a wide-body equipment for the G11 for some time; in actual fact, I began drawing up my first sketches again in 2018 – that’s once I’d first realised I wished to create such a wild venture. With the automobile in my possession, I tried the primary moulds in late 2019, with manufacturing of the total physique equipment taking place by 2020 and the ultimate fitment going down in 2021.”
The 3D renderings had been deftly delivered to life by the proficient crew at ProTuning, with each particular person piece of the physique equipment being pre-preg carbon fibre. The entrance overfenders add an additional 60mm of width per facet (and keep in mind, this was a fairly extensive automobile within the first place), with the advanced rear quarter panels increasing girth by a full-fat 80mm. There are a terrific many different items to the equipment too, together with the entrance splitter and entrance bumper winglets, facet skirts, rear door air scoops, rear bumper facet vents, ducktail, and rear diffuser – all with the carbon weave proudly on show. They may have colour-coded all of it to the manufacturing facility paint, however then, how would anyone understand how a lot complexity went into the craftsmanship? That is no easy-mould plastic, that is artisanal autoclaving. “I believe the rear quarters are my favorite a part of the widebody BMW 7 Sequence,” Andrew says. “They’re such a fancy form, very intricate modular components, it took a number of effort to realize.”
As a way to get the widebody BMW 7 Sequence sitting the place they wished it to, air trip suspension was the one reply – and, helpfully, the G11 7 Sequence got here with this fitted from the manufacturing facility! Though the fundamental structure of an OEM air suspension system has a quite completely different focus to an aftermarket setup, the ProTuning guys had some work to do to reconfigure it for badass lows. The baggage have been modified, and the administration system has been reprogrammed to supply two drop modes – 40mm all-around for freeway cruising or ‘stance mode’ the place the wheels contact the arches for showground hard-parking. This has all been executed sympathetically to make sure that it operates within the right OEM type whereas additionally providing the new-found lowness, which concerned some mandatory modifications to make it possible for all the things works correctly. And with the BMW 740d sitting aggressively within the weeds and having such huge arches, Andrew needed to assume onerous about what method of wheels can be acceptable to fill them.
“The edges had been the costliest a part of the venture,” he laughs. “It was my dream to have the wheels with appropriately aligned throwing stars, and I’ve made it actual utilizing the assistance of Z-Efficiency.” This premium wheel producer labored with ProTuning to craft a set of their ZP.Cast 12 design to the precise specs required to sit down completely within the carbon arches. The fronts measure 11×22” with an offset of ET-5, whereas the rears are a seam-busting 13×22” ET0 – and in case you try the sidewalls, that’s a supercar-esque 335-section tyre on the again axle. Fairly loopy stuff. And sure, have a look at both facet of the automobile, and also you’ll spot that the wheels are certainly directional.
“The tyre measurement offered one of many greatest challenges of the construct,” he continues. “These BMW engineers did a number of uncompromising improvements to the physique of the automobile, and that’s why we’ve confronted the problem with entrance wheels and tyres.” All got here good ultimately, although – and it’s essential to notice that it wasn’t only a case of getting the rolling inventory to suit however making all the things truly work. The engine and transmission have each been remapped to optimise efficiency (for the motor, that map plus upgraded downpipes equates to round 400hp), and the eagle-eyed could have noticed that that is an xDrive mannequin sporting staggered fitment wheels. Whenever you’re speaking all-wheel-drive, it’s typically optimum to run a sq. setup to cease the drivetrain chewing itself to items, so this required some cautious bespoke mapping to get the G11 completely satisfied and secure to run with this wheel configuration. It’s not only a bonkers widebody equipment, there’s an entire lot of clever engineering too.
There’s a sure tangible brutality to the modern-era BMW 7 Sequence total, be they owned by the Mafia, the Yakuza, an East-end crimelord, or the fellas working operations in South Central LA: these motors are imposingly large, low, modern, shark-like of their menace. They pull off the neat trick of being concurrently stealthy, with their dark-hued color schemes and impenetrable glazing, and ostentatiously showy; an illustration of wealth and standing. As a result of that’s what being gangsta is all about. With all of the high-end and high-tech chicanery that’s gone into this eminently eye-catching G11, it’s in all probability greatest to not speak concerning the payments… however then, this has been about greater than cash to Andrew. He mentioned it himself, he wished to construct ‘the perfect toy on the planet’. And this outlandish creation definitely is exclusive. “The entire automobile stands out from the norm,” he smiles. “The 7 Sequence with a large physique? No one’s executed that for the final 30 years.” He might effectively be proper there. And one factor’s for certain: he’s positively not going to drag as much as the visitors lights alongside one other one.
Tech Spec: Widebody BMW 7 Sequence
Engine & Transmission:
3.0-litre straight-six turbo-diesel B57D30, uprated downpipes, customized map. Eight-speed Steptronic gearbox, customized gearbox map
11×22” ET-5 (entrance) and 13×22” ET0 (rear) Z-Efficiency ZP.Cast 12 wheels with 295/30 (entrance) and 335/25 (rear) tyres, reprogrammed manufacturing facility air-ride with modified baggage
Customized carbon fibre widebody equipment by ProTuning.lv comprising entrance splitter, entrance bumper winglets, entrance arch extensions, facet skirts, rear door air scoops, rear quarter panels, rear bumper facet vents, ducktail, rear diffuser and sunblind, solid carbon kidney grilles
OEM M Sport spec, Bowers & Wilkins audio