What’s it like to drive The 7?

Published: February 2019
Video/Photos: BMW Group

With a bold and confident presence, the new BMW 7 Series showcases the marque’s flagship luxury sedan more potently than ever before. But beyond those exterior looks and interior comforts, The 7 introduces a range of behind-the-wheel innovations that put the focus firmly on the driver, and on the driving experience.

 

Extensive design refresh

Between the taller front end, the larger BMW kidney grille and the slimmer three-dimensional rear lights, The 7 boasts an extensive design refresh, with functional elements that enhance driver and passenger comfort. Take the new Air Breathers on either side of the car, which optimise airflow through the wheel arches, helping to reduce turbulence on the road.

 

The optimised acoustic comfort is achieved via careful refinements around the rear wheel arches.

 

Another interior highlight is the updated BMW Touch Command unit. This removable 7-inch tablet can be used from any seat (and even outside the vehicle) to operate comfort functions such as seat adjustment, interior lighting and climate control, as well as the infotainment, navigation and communication systems.

The BMW 7 Series boasts an extensive design refresh, including optional laser lights and functional elements that enhance the driver experience.

The rear end of The 7 has been extensively re-designed and features slimmer three-dimensional tail lights.

An interior highlight is the updated BMW Touch Command unit, a removable 7-inch tablet can be used from any seat

The integral exhaust tailpipes have been designed with larger, more elegant chrome surrounds.

A range of models

The new 7 offers a choice of six-, eight- and twelve-cylinder petrol, a six-cylinder diesel engine, and an all-new plugin hybrid drive system. All model variants have an improved eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission fitted as standard, while the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system is combined with BMW 750Li, BMW M760Li, as well as the BMW 745Le hybrid drive.

 

The top-of-the-range BMW M760Li xDrive has a 6.6-litre V12 engine, which produces 448 kW. Other model variants include the BMW 750Li xDrive, with a newly-developed 4.4-litre V8; and the BMW 754Le xDrive plugin hybrid, which can offer an almost-silent, all-electric driving experience with zero local emissions for up to 46km.

 

The driving experience

All of those features and on-board comforts lead up to the key question: what is The 7 like to drive? As you’d expect from BMW’s flagship luxury sedan, everything points towards the driver’s experience.

 

The comprehensive range of standard and optional driver assistance systems – from Traffic Jam Assist to Lane Keeping Assistant – represents the latest step towards BMW’s self-driving future. The new BMW Operating System 7.0 offers driver-focused touchscreen functionality and voice control, with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant serving as an on-the-road digital companion, activated whenever you say: “Hey BMW”.

 

The Driving Experience Control switch allows you to choose a set-up option that suits the journey, and then configure that set-up to suit your individual needs. Adaptive mode, meanwhile, automatically adapts the overall set-up to the situation and to your driving style, responding to movements of the accelerator pedal and steering wheel, to the position of the gear selector lever and to data from the navigation system, instantly selecting the best set-up as you travel from the city to the open road.