The BMW 7 Series is BMW’s tech laden sedan which serves as a test bed for what will eventually trickle down to the lower BMW variants. The BMW 7 Series has been the sporty large sedan among its competitors, yet despite being the driver’s car in its class, it has still served its chauffeur duties well, pampering its rear passengers in utmost luxury and technological advancement. So it is only normal if the new 7 Series is dripping with even more technology.
The first thing you will notice is the 7 Series’ large kidney grille, which are joined by the LED headlights, now a signature BMW design language. The grille is bold, big, and as attention grabbing as ever. A chrome strip runs at the bottom from the rear doors, and then suddenly kicking up towards the side vents, also known as air breathers. This makes the BMW 7 Series look long and elegant. Moving onto the rear, the rear design convey an aggressive design tone, and a chrome strip cuts through the L-shaped LED tail lights. The overall shape and design of the rear make the 7 Series look wide and planted into the ground.
Inside, the 7 Series is as sumptuous as ever. Everything is wrapped in leather, and in key places, wood and aluminum accents. The interior is laden with tech, having a standard Samsung tablet that can be detached from the rear armrest. Through an onboard WLAN system, the tablet is enabled to control many key components of the car. The tablet is certified to be shatter and crash proof, so that in the event of an accident, the Samsung tablet won’t inflict injury to its occupants. The BMW 7 Series also debuts BMW’s Gesture Control, which to be quite honest, sound gimmicky in practice, because you have steering wheel controls already in the first place to adjust the volume, accept/reject calls, and change the radio. 4 out of 5 seats (not including the middle rear seat) have a massage function. With this system in this car, we wouldn’t mind sitting for hours end in traffic inside the BMW 7 Series.
Standard on all variants, luckily, in the Philippines, is BMW’s Display Key, which is a super awesome key that is fitted with a touch screen. Good luck losing that key then.
There are two variants of the BMW 7 Series, both of which are the long wheelbase variants. There is the 740Li, which is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged, direct injected inline-6 engine (326 hp and 450 Nm of torque), and the 750Li, which is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine (450 hp and 650 Nm of torque). Both are mated to a ZF 8-Speed Automatic.
Remember the BMW i line-up of hybrid and electric cars? BMW promised that whatever innovations and lessons they have learned in developing their i cars, BMW will eventually put these into their more mainstream cars, and the BMW 7 Series is the first of these mainstream BMWs receiving these innovations. Driving the car’s weight down to a minimum for improved handling, comfort, and efficiency is what BMW calls “Carbon Core”. The Carbon Core aims to make the BMW 7 Series handle better and ride better through a body that is lighter, yet more rigid and stronger. Eventually, these technologies and innovations may even trickle down to the 5 and 3 Series.
Interested in one of these technological testbeds? The BMW 7 Series is yours for P8,890,000 for the 740Li, and P12,490,000 for the 750Li.