From Warsaw to Prague with the new BMW 7 Series
The new edition of the BMW 7 Series makes a clear statement of intent with its confident presence, sophisticated elegance and strikingly innovative control/operation, driver assistance and connectivity technology. Together we take them on a road trip from Warsaw to Prague on one of the most mesmerising roads in central Europe
What about the new BMW 7 series?
The new BMW 7 Series will again be offered in two body variants, the longer of which translates its extra 14 centimetres of wheelbase into a similar on- board space gain for the rear-seat passengers. The standard 7 Series (5,120 mm) and its long-wheelbase twin (5,260 mm) are both 23 millimetres longer than their respective predecessors. The new model’s width (1,902 mm) and height (1,467 mm / long-wheelbase version: 1,479 mm) remain unchanged.
The extensive design refresh at the front end which now rises 50 millimetres taller at its foremost point plays a particularly prominent role in giving the new BMW 7 Series its more powerful visual presence. The new bonnet has more sharply cut contour lines and a larger BMW roundel. The dominant force of the reworked front end is as per the X7 it’s also the BMW kidney grille, with its single-piece surround, whose surface area has grown by some 40 per cent. The grille teams up with the slimmer headlights to create a stylistically appealing contrast and add a new strand to the character of BMW’s luxury-class models.
Inside the new BMW 7 Series, generous levels of space, choice materials, harmoniously coordinated design details and exclusive workmanship combine to create a luxurious ambience refined in every respect. Exclusive Nappa leather with extended quilting has been added to the options list. The three- dimensional surface structure encompassing large expanses of the front and rear seat cushions and backrests, the armrests integrated in the door trim and the centre console, gives the interior an expressive feel. New to the range of optional interior trim strips are the fine wood variants American Oak Dark with metal inlay and Poplar Grain Metallic Grey high-gloss.
Optimised acoustic comfort achieved via carefully executed refinements around the rear wheel arches, B-pillars and seatbelt outlet covers in the rear of the new BMW 7 Series help to enhance on-board comfort over long distances. Added to which, the side windows and rear window have thicker glass, either as standard or as part of the Comfort Glass option (depending on the model).
A stand-out feature of the newly designed standard leather steering wheel is the modified arrangement of the multifunction buttons. The likewise standard wireless charging tray for compatible mobile phones is now located just ahead of the cupholders. With its classy smoked-glass look, the optional Ambient highlight in the B-pillars blends into the new BMW 7 Series sedan’s interior ambience even more harmoniously. The latest version of the BMW Touch Command rear-seat control unit stands out with its updated hardware and BMW Operating System 7.0 software. The optional Rear-seat entertainment system now comes with a pair of 10-inch, full-HD touchscreen displays including Blu-ray player.
Most powerful 7 Series in history
The choice of power units for the new BMW 7 Series includes petrol engines with six, eight and twelve cylinders, as well as an all-new plug- in hybrid drive system. Topping the range is the 6.6-litre V12 engine at the heart of the BMW M760Li xDrive, which produces 585 hp. Meanwhile, the BMW 750i xDrive features a newly developed V8 engine with 4.4-litre displacement and maximum output raised by 80 hp to 530 hp.
Their plug-in hybrid system now employs a specially adapted six-cylinder in- line petrol engine and a more advanced high-voltage battery. As a result, the system can unleash a combined output of 394 hp with the Driving Experience Control switch set to SPORT mode. This new plug-in hybrid system is available on the BMW 745e, BMW 745Le and BMW 745 Le xDrive.
How does it drive?
An exceptional balance between sumptuous driving comfort and the dynamic flair for which BMW is renowned are the defining features of the driving experience on board the new BMW 7 Series. The construction of the chassis, suspension and damping systems, steering and the braking system are designed to facilitate both relaxed cruising undisturbed by inconsistencies in the road surface and a sporty, active driving style.
All variants of the new BMW 7 Series feature, as standard, adaptive suspension including electronically controlled dampers and two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling. Among the options customers can choose from are Integral Active Steering and the Executive Drive Pro chassis system available for all models except the plug-in hybrid variants.
Mostafa Fakhri has been a motoring journalist for more than 15 years. He's produced several motoring TV shows, and is currently the managing editor of Automobile magazine as well as the co-founder of the Auto Network, an automotive digital content production company.