BMW 7 Series Towbars

BMW 7 Series Towbars

BMW 7 Series Towing Specifics

The BMW 7 Series was first introduced in 1977 by the German manufacturer as a full-size luxury sedan, designed with plenty of towing capabilities. The range currently has four generations. We will cover the towing specifics of each model below.

BMW 7 Series Towbar Electrics Kits

It is recommended that all tow bars fitted to a BMW 7 Series vehicle are done so with a dedicated electrics kit, rather than a universal electrics kit. A dedicated electrics kit not only ensures all modern features such as; trailer stability and parking sensors are functional but also helps to keep your vehicle's warranty unaffected.

We offer both universal and dedicated electrics kits for the BMW 7 Series vehicle towbars, but be aware that universal electrics kits can invalidate any manufacturer warranty your vehicle has and may also require a bypass relay.

Check your BMW warranty for more information.

Bypass Relays

All tow bars for all the BMW 7 Series models will require a bypass relay if universal electrics are fitted.

A bypass relay works by powering what it is you are towing through transferring power straight from the battery instead of taking too much current away from your vehicle.

Whereas a dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicle's ECU and all of its functions.


This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicles software to run smoothly with the new towbar. All BMW 7 Series vehicles will not require coding.

Coding is used to update your vehicles software in order for it to run coherently with the new towbar through the dedicated electrics.

Bumper Cuts

Depending on the towbar, BMW 7 Series vehicles may require a bumper cut. A bumper cut is when a fraction of the vehicle's rear bumper is cut in order to fit the towbar.

1992-2002 models have towbars that require visible and non-visible bumper cuts.

2002-2015 onwards models have towbars that require non-visible bumper cuts.

Nose Weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important not to exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. Nose weight varies depending on the towbar you choose and are displayed under each tow bar below.

For a BMW 7 Series vehicle made between 1992-2002, the lowest nose weight is 75kg and the highest nose weight is 90kg.

2002-2008 and 2008-2015 models have a nose weight of up to 100kg.

2015 onwards models have a nose weight of 130kg.

Towing Weight

Towing weight is the weight that a BMW 7 Series vehicle can tow safely, without any risk of damaging the vehicle. Towing weights are bar specific and displayed below each towbar.

For a BMW 7 Series vehicle made between 1992-2002, the towbars have a towing weight capacity between 2175kg and 2200kg.

For 2002-2008 and 2015 onwards vehicles, the towing weight capacity is up to 2300kg.

For 2008-2010 vehicles, the towing weight capacity is up to 2200kg.

You will need to check the towing limit for your BMW 7 Series vehicle model as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.


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