What is it?
If doublethink is the simultaneous acceptance of contrary beliefs, the BMW 7 Series could be the all-time greatest automotive exponent.
Here is a car required to operate at a highpoint of luxury and isolation but also to inspire confidence from the wheel – the wheel of a limousine chassis weighing almost two tonnes and whose length comfortably surpasses five metres.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8 need only handle competently enough to focus their energies on spectacular refinement. For the sake of the brand’s heritage and those who occupy the small centre ground of the luxury-dynamic Venn diagram, BMW can’t do that.
Which is why there’s never been much at all wrong with the way the G11 7 Series handles and why this heavily – and expensively – facelifted 'LCI’ version carries over the same multi-mode, self-levelling air suspension largely unchanged. We’ll go into more detail in a moment, but suffice it to that if you or your chauffeur ever needed to get out of dangerous spot pronto, you’ll be glad you bought the BMW.
And you can still opt for the Integral Active Steering, which not only varies the steering ratio with road speed but also slings the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts for high-speed stability and, more importantly, does the opposite at low speeds for improved agility.