What is it?
BMW’s latest executive express, the new long-wheelbase 7-series. Now in its fifth generation, the Seven’s brief remains unchanged: offer limo comfort, but drive like a purposeful sporting saloon.
The new 7 Series uses BMW’s latest 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, in place of the old petrol V12. It also has four-wheel-steering in an effort to improve the 7’s dynamic ability.
And there’s a host of new technology – including a new iDrive system – which will eventually filter through to the rest of the BMW range.
Demure, high-quality fabrics and dark, polished wood panelling swathe the 750Li’s elegant, serious and slightly intimidating cabin. That functional ethos is a running theme. According to the man who designed it, the new Seven’s exterior – which isn’t flattered by photos – is meant to blend purposeful aggression with elegance.
This all stands the 7 Series apart from its more obviously opulent key rivals, the Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS. This BMW is a boardroom on wheels, not a boudoir.
What’s it like?
The 4.4-litre V8 petrol powerplant offers an almighty 406bhp and not so much of a torque curve as a 442lb ft flat line from 1750 to 4500rpm. Zero to 62mph takes 5.2sec, but it’s the way the 750 pins your shoulders back as the speedo sweeps past licence-losing numbers that’s really epic. The 750Li can demolish distances like few other cars can.