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BMW 7 Series Review

The BMW 7 Series initially appears no different from its previous generation model. On the outset, it appears as a minor attempt to rebrand the new release. But look closer and get on the driver’s seat and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the changes that have been made. There’s also a wide variety in terms of car choice, letting you opt for the more affordable 730d SE to the more luxurious 760Li M Sport. Of its original design, the 7 series still sports the straight-six engines range and the rear-wheel drive. The second generation includes a V12 option, while the V8 and long-wheelbase models models have also been included.

Pros

The latest BMW 7 Series sports a vertical nose that extends until outside the bonnet, imposing more authority compared to the previous models. But a closer look will open your eyes to subtle redesigns that give the latest generation a familiar yet improved look that is actually soft on the eyes. These new additions are balanced with basic features such as a six-speed automatic box’s power to the rear wheels, the front’s strut suspension, and the rear’s multi-link.

The iDrive system’s improvement is another welcome addition to the new technologies, as the BMW 7 Series now has more button options for you to experiment with. The cabin’s overall look is not difficult to navigate at all, a big improvement in simplicity that you’ll be grateful for once you get behind the wheel. Other simplifications in the BMW 7 Series interior include the entire dashboard’s additional space. All occupants are taken into consideration, enabling more load into the boot and making the car perfect for long road trips.

The 7 series doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance. The vehicle is designed to deliver torque at a stunning 398lb ft that ranges from 1750 to 3000rpm. For the 242bhp, power runs at 4000rpm, while the 730d is the best option for those after a fuel economy giving out the least carbon dioxide as it runs. Anyone in need for extreme speed will appreciate the 730d’s acceleration above 1500rpm, but you won’t quite hear the turbo-diesel engine’s state due to the tyres loud rumbles. Top speed goes as for as 153mph according to records, yet feels much faster than this. The diesel engine and the six-speed automatic gearbox also contribute to this unique ability, as the Regular can shift from gearchange, dampers, or throttle mapping. There’s any type of gear for whatever driving occasion. Another option would be the power of the 760Li and its 6.0-litre petrol V12. It goes at 544 bhp but with a 303g/km factor you can’t quite gloss over. 

Cons

The BMW 7 Series still has some interior design aspects to improve on. This includes the confusing door handles hidden behind doorcaps and the gearlever that takes some getting used to. Although the cabin includes handy features such as Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav, Dakota leather upholstery, climate control, and the multimedia system’s voice control, these could seem unnecessary for the practical driver. 

The 7 series pales in comparison next to the Mercedes S-class. Although it is able to give comfort to both the driver and rear passenger, the ride falls short in keeping the roads rough as it drives over potholes. Rippled road surfaces stand out as sudden, interruptive bumps during the journey. Comfort it not sustained all the way. 

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A History of the BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7-Series is a line of luxury cars introduced in 1977. This includes several generations of sedan and limousine-type vehicles. The 7-Series is the company’s flagship car, and all models have been at the forefront of the company’s automotive breakthroughs.

The E23 is the first of the 7-Series to be introduced. Production lasted from 1977 to 1986. The next generation was produced in 1986 to 1994. The E32 had a longer body, and was the last of the 7-Series to run exclusively on gasoline.

The 21st century welcomed the continuing production of the third generation, the E38. The E38 made history in automotive manufacture as the first car to sport Xenon headlamps. With the E38, BMW also introduced integrated satellite navigation to the auto industry.

The E65 and E66 are the first in the series to drop automatic transmission. This generation, manufactured in 2001 to 2008, was also the first of BMW’s cars to offer an iDrive system. The iDrive streamlined communication, navigation and other controls into a single system.

The current fifth generation of the 7-Series, the F01 and F02, shines with an intuitive iDrive system and a more efficient gas consumption system. This year, BMW takes their technology a step further with the introduction of 2013 ActiveHybrid 7.

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