The 2016 BMW 7 Series Will Rival the World’s Best Full-Size Sedans – Robb Report

Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2015

The sixth-generation BMW 7 Series made its world debut this month in Munich, and the new sedan is packed with cutting-edge technology and significant improvements that bring it to parity with its formidable rivals at Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

The 2016 BMW 7 Series weighs 190 pounds less than its predecessor, thanks to extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), the same material used on BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid and i3 electric car. The doors and trunk lid are made of aluminum.

Two gasoline-powered models are headed to the United States this fall: the 740i, which starts at $81,300 and is powered by BMW’s 320 hp, 3.0-liter, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, and the all-wheel-drive 750i xDrive, priced at $97,400. The latter is fitted with a redesigned, twin-scroll-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 445 hp. Both models use an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Styling updates include active shutters on the front grille, which stay closed for better aerodynamics, then open when the engine needs extra cooling. An M Sport package adds more aggressive front and rear aprons, side skirts, and 19- or 20-inch, M-specific wheels. Past 7 Series models were available in both standard- and long-wheelbase versions; but this time around, the United States will only get the longer body style. Compared with the last generation, the new car is more than an inch longer and about the same length as the current-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

In the cabin, the 7 Series employs the latest version of BMW’s iDrive interface with a new touchscreen. Gesture Control technology allows users to tap and swipe in the air instead of pushing buttons. There is also more of a focus on rear-seat comfort, with options that include heat, ventilation, and massage, as well as a panoramic roof fitted with LED lights that create a starry-sky effect. An Interior Design package adds wood inlays, plush rear floor mats, and an Alcantara headliner. (bmwna.com)

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