January 22, 2007
BMW Hydrogen 7 to premiere at Toronto auto show
Whitby, Ontario – The BMW Group Canada will present the Canadian premiere of the BMW Hydrogen 7, the latest model of the world’s first hydrogen-drive luxury performance automobile, at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto next month.
Based on the BMW 7 Series, the Hydrogen 7 is equipped with an internal combustion engine capable of running on either liquid hydrogen or gasoline. When running in hydrogen mode, the car emits nothing but water vapour. It uses a 260-hp 12-cylinder engine with peak torque of 287 lb-ft at 4300 rpm, and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds, with an electronically-limited top speed of 230 km/h. It switches fuels at the touch of a button. The Hydrogen 7 will be built in limited series production and will be driven by selected users in the U.S. and Europe in 2007.
The company’s display will also feature the new 2007 Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S, BMW 3 Series Cabriolet and Mini Convertible Sidewalk, which are not yet available in the Canadian marketplace, and the second Canadian appearance of the BMW Alpina B7, an ultra high-performance version of the 7 Series developed in cooperation with the Alpina Group.