2016 BMW 7-Series | New Car Review
* Supremely well equipped.
* Innovative on all counts.
* Exterior lacks the freshness of its rivals.
Holding on to the distinguishability of its predecessor, the sixth generation model is more of a stylistic evolution and less of a revolution. Taut headlamps, chrome garnishes and subtle nuances lend the sixth generation model a more aggressive, athletic appearance but fall short of creating a truly unique identity.
Inside, the Bimmer is as plush and well put together as one would expect. Leather, wood and silver trim embellish the cabin while the convex dashboard adds to its overall character. With the sheer amount of space and refinement on offer, the 7-Series is everything a flagship model should be and more.
On the innovative side of things, the 2016 7-Series welcomes Gesture Control for the infotainment system, a Samsung tablet integrated into the rear central armrest and even Remote Control Parking. Not only have the Bavarians matched the competition this time around, but surpassed them.
What’s on offer?
Under the hood, there’s either a six-cylinder engine or an eight-cylinder to be had. The former chucks out a respectable 326 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, but isn’t enough to compete with the V8’s 450 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. For those looking at something a little more conservative, there’s also a 4-cylinder unit scheduled for early 2016.
With no details on pricing yet, it’s a little challenging to peg the 7-Series against its rivals accurately. However, if the comparison is to be based solely on the offering itself, then it’s safe to assume that the 7-Series is in the lead. Now all that’s left to do is to wait and watch while Mercedes-Benz and Audi plan their next move.
|Specifications||2016 BMW 740i||2016 BMW 750i|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.0 litre / V6||4.4 litre / V8|
|Max Power |
|326 hp @ 6,500 RPM||450 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|450 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||650 Nm @ 4,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||5.5 secs||4.7 secs|
|Top speed||250 km/h||250 km/h|