Already a firm favourite for CEOs everywhere, and listed in our Top Ten Cars for CEOs blog, the 6th generation version of the much-praised BMW 7 Series is destined to become yet another flagship of the BMW range, blending as it does "comfort, style, dynamic ability and cutting edge technology in equal measure to create an inspiring mode of luxury transport."
There are 9 different versions of the new BMW Series 7 being released (740Li, 750i, 730d, 730Ld, 730d xDrive, 740d xDrive, 740Ld xDrive, 740e and 740Le xDrive) - all of which feature BMW EfficientDynamics technology - and that includes 2 hybrid models (740e and 740Le xDrive) with a top speed of 149mph as opposed to all other models' electrically limited 155mph.
Everything about the new BMW 7 Series has been planned and executed with meticulous precision, with luxury the ultimate goal for designers and creators, whichever of the two body variants are being looked at.
An extended wheelbase means that there is more rear space, making the new BMW 7 Series the largest series-produced car the German-brand has ever built; from the long bonnet and short front overhang, along the long wheelbase and right back to the set-back passenger compartment and smoothly downward-sloping roofline.
And like all other BMWs, the new BMW 7 Series radiates a feeling of assured presence on the road, but there have been changes to the model to make it even better.
The first car from BMW to feature an Active Air Stream kidney grille that aids and improves aerodynamics as well as helping the car's visual identity, its headlight units extend up as far as the grille, with the BMW's familiar BMW twin circular headlights levelled off at the upper and lower edges. Headlights are an important part of the BMW 7 Series as the car boasts new technology in the shape of the standard LED lights and the optional BMW Laserlights.
Even viewed in profile, the new BMW 7 Series hold a powerful image with outward curving surfaces forming a strong silhouette, and the exterior mirrors 'growing' organically out of the window frame, a slender stalk providing the sole connection between mirrors and car body.
There are two non-metallic and nine metallic colour shades available for the exterior paintwork, and an extra two more for the M Sport versions; and when it comes to the light-alloy wheels, the standard variants are 18" or 19" with options available with a selection of other light-alloy wheels in 18-21" sizes.
In an attempt to balance dynamics and comfort, BMW's designers have taken great care on the interior of the 7 series, whether driving or a passenger.
All the control and display elements have been newly redesigned with the emphasis on innovative functionality as displayed by the chrome buttons on the multifunctional steering wheel and centre console, and the touchscreen surface for the control panel of the Automatic air conditioning with 4-zone control.
And not only are they functional, but they look good too; as demonstrated by the stylish effect of the fine wood or aluminium framing around the centre console controls, with the trim strips and the instrument panel’s chrome surrounds which border them made individually for each car.
Everything about the look and feel of the cabin is pure class with a build quality of precision craftsmanship all around the generous levels of space on board.
The standard Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery is also available in six colour variants..
Further luxury can be added with the optional Design Pure Excellence package for both interior and exterior, which features an additional chrome strip above the front fog lamps, high gloss back-painted brake callipers, a chrome strip for the rear apron, an Alcantara headliner, fine wood inlays for the seat belt outlet covers, armrest and roof grab handles, and deep-pile floor mats for the rear compartment.
M Sport models also offer an M aerodynamic body styling package that comprises of model-specific front/rear aprons and side skirts, 19" M light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design, illuminated door sill finishers bearing the M logo , accents in either light or dark chrome, an interior BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite and Fineline black wood interior trim strips with high-gloss metal effect.
Making full use of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology inherent in all 7 Series models are the six-cylinder in-line engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that are fitted in the new BMW 7 Series range.
The BMW 740Li sports a 3.0-litre petrol unit under the bonnet that produces an increased (from previous model) output of 326hp; and thanks to the increased efficiency of the new straight-six engine, its response is even more spontaneous as well. Fuel economy hits a combined cycle 41mpg with CO2 emissions of 159g/km.
The 3.0-litre diesel unit that powers the BMW 730d and BMW 730Ld models has also increased its output (to 265hp)and efficiency, with peak torque now at 620Nm, meaning some formidable pulling power. Fuel consumption and emissions are considerably lower (60.1/58.9mpg and 124/127g/km respectively), and the 730d version is also available with xDrive as well (as are the 740d and 740Ld models.)
There are also two new plug-in hybrid models in the shape of the BMW 740e, and the BMW 740Le xDrive – both with BMW eDrive powertrain technology, and both with an electric drive unit integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission Leaning heavily on technology gleaned from the BMWi series, (that features the increasingly popular all-electric BMW i8) dynamic acceleration is achieved with very low consumption and emissions figures when used for everyday driving. While producing a total system output of 326hp, it returns a combined fuel consumption of 134.5mpg in the guise of the BMW 740e or a combined electric power consumption of 12.5 kWh. CO2 emissions are just 49g/km.
With the energy for the electric motor drawn from a lithium-ion high-voltage battery housed underneath the rear seat, the eDrive button on the centre console lets the driver adjust the hybrid drive’s operating mode. With the MAX eDrive mode engaged, the BMW 740e is able to run purely on electric power at speeds of up to 75 mph for a maximum range of up to 25 miles (with the BMW 740Le xDrive's range limited to around 23 miles).
Features such as Brake Energy Regeneration and Auto Start Stop help to make sure the any energy management is kept at the highest efficiency level, whilst activation of the ECO PRO mode with the Driving Performance Control switch allows use of a coasting function.
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