I recently had the chance to drive the brand-new 2020 BMW 7 Series, and I’m truly impressed with it. When I say "new," I should mention that I don’t mean "new" in the strictest sense, in that it’s totally redesigned. Instead, this car is just facelifted — and I truly mean "facelifted," because the front end has changed … dramatically. The latest 7 Series now features a massive new grille, which has drawn a lot of ire in the car enthusiast world.
I’ll get to that. But first, let’s go over the basics. The latest 7 Series is currently offered in two versions, 740i and 750i, with a V12-powered M760i surely on the way. I reviewed the M760i from the "old" version, so I figured I’d try a 750i this time — especially when I saw that it’s powered by a turbocharged V8 with 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Folks, this is the midlevel model. And those are its numbers.
And its numbers get even more impressive, because the 2020 750i does 0-to-60 in 3.9 seconds. This is truly insane. Not long ago, the Porsche Carrera GT did 0-to-60 in like 3.6 seconds — now, the mid-level BMW 7 Series is nipping at its heels. Out on the road, the 750i truly felt fast — not just fast for a luxury sedan, but openly, all-out fast, and I really enjoyed dropping the throttle and feeling the instant power and torque response from its engine.
Handling, too, is impressive. No, the new 7 Series doesn’t match its sports car acceleration with sports car handling, but it’s reasonably quick to change directions — better than any massive luxury sedan like this has any business being. Steering is too light, a complaint I have with many modern BMW models, but it’s sharp and sporty and enjoyable, and I really like it.
I also like the technology. This car has some truly crazy features, including a system that detects and avoids side impacts. Yes, not just front impacts, but somehow it will steer itself away from impending side collisions, should it detect them in time. It also has various different cabin "moods" you can set, which will do all sorts of things at once — raise the sun blinds, change the cabin lighting, turn on the climate control, even play a relaxing song — so you don’t have to do all of this stuff individually yourself. That’s just insane.
Also impressive is the relaxed driving experience of the new 7 Series. Yes, it can hustle if you really want it to, but it can also just allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy as it pretty much drives itself, courtesy of a highly advanced adaptive cruise control system that can steer for you, and even monitor your level of attention to make sure you’re still paying attention as it drives — by itself — down the road. Of course, there’s also all of the usual safety technology, like blind spot monitoring, forward-collision mitigation and the like.
Ultimately, the new 7 Series is a tremendously well-rounded car — though you’re paying for that experience. The 7 Series I drove was listed for well over $100,000, and even a base-level 740i — which uses a 6-cylinder engine — is now an $88,000 proposition before options, which of course are plentiful. The 7 Series is expensive, and it depreciates fast, but it’s also one of the most luxurious, high-tech and impressive cars on the road — so you very much get what you pay for when it comes to BMW’s flagship. Find a BMW 7 Series for sale
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