Cutting-edge construction; fabulous engines; high-class appointments; remarkable suspension.
This generation has been out for a year and we still can't think of anything beyond the amount of dollars required to buy one.
After last year's debut of a new generation, the 7 Series range has expanded to include two high-performance versions and a plug-in hybrid. Remote control parking is available for 740i and 750i variants. The previously optional "display key" (which gives a full-color readout of details like mileage range and cabin temperature, as well as locking and unlocking) has become standard. Upgraded M Sport brakes have joined the options list. And the entry-level 740i may now be specced with all-wheel drive. See the 2017 BMW 7 Series models for sale near you
In an ideal world, the B7 would never cease to thrill and cosset. But even a midrange 750i xDrive and a few options will likely keep all but the most adrenaline-addicted perfectly happy.
Although not badged as such, the 2017 BMW 7 Series is the long-wheelbase version, offering maximum rear passenger space. BMW doesn't bring the shorter version into the United States.
The 740i ($82,495) comes with a comprehensive list of standard equipment. This includes 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED lighting inside and out, an adaptive air suspension, quad-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, selectable drive modes, keyless entry/ignition, hands-free trunk operation, a twin-panel panoramic sunroof, soft-closing doors, 10-way power-adjustable/heated front seats with driver's-side memory settings, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 10.2-in display and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with satellite/HD Radio and a pair of USB ports.
The 750i ($95,595) has 19-in alloys, upgraded leather, a head-up display (which BMW claims to be the largest in the industry), a power sunshade for the rear window and 20-way multicontour front seats. This model can also come with all-wheel drive, badged as the 750i xDrive.
Both versions are eligible for the Autobahn package, which uses cameras to read the road surface and then prompts the computer-controlled suspension to react accordingly. It also includes variable-ratio steering and rear-wheel steering (known as Integral Active Steering).
The 750i can be ordered with the Rear Executive Lounge package, where the reclining passenger-side rear seat is more like first class air travel, complete with a retractable footrest and foldaway table, plus a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a tablet that can control various car functions, surf the web or act as a gaming console (and which is held in place by cool little power-retractable clips).
The 740e xDrive ($90,095) adds the plug-in hybrid system and dedicated instruments. Navigation, gesture control and wireless smartphone charging are all standard.
The M760i xDrive ($154,795) comes with the turbo V12, M Sport brakes, an M suspension tune and Integral Active Steering. It's not an out-and-out M version as we've come to know and love them (like the M3, for example), but still incredibly special.
The Alpina B7 ($137,995) includes Integral Active Steering, the Autobahn package, wireless smartphone charging, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, gesture control, powered side sunshades and massaging front seats.
Other options for the range include heated armrests, a cabin fragrance system, massaging seats, a 1400-watt Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound system with 16 part-illuminated speakers, and night vision and other advanced protective features listed in the Safety section below.
Trunk space is a capacious 18.2 cu ft.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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