The world that we know of today is filled with people who have dreams. Most just dream while some work towards converting dreams into reality. While the former category succumbs to the societal pressure and ends up in the usual rat race, the latter create their own path. A path of success. A path which leads them to a position above the rest. And when you are above the rest, you would definitely want to make a statement. To make a statement, your ride has got to be special. It has to have all the luxuries and then some. What better choice than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Well, BMW recently launched the all new generation 7-Series in India and we reckon it poses a serious threat to the flagship Mercedes sedan.
It will take a keen eye to identify the new, sixth-generation 7 Series over the old one. It is just over an inch longer, while its width and height are quite similar. The styling is an evolution of the old car but it does have a better sense of proportion. In profile the prominent shoulder-line crease gives it a balanced look thanks to it extending all the way from the headlamps to the complex shaped tail lights. Upfront the new 7 Series looks much better thanks to a sharper kidney grille and the beautifully detailed LED headlamps(the old cars huge swollen grille was a sore sight). At the rear the taillamps and the twin exhaust dominates and the blackened lower portion in the bumper help in hiding the mass. Indians love for chrome is no secret and BMW has given abundance of silverware to keep us happy. But still in our eyes there is just too much of it and bits like the hockey stick like elements on either side of the front bumper looks overdone.
Beneath the similar exterior, however, the new 7 Series gets an all-new chassis. Christened the “Carbon Core” structure, the chassis is a a mix of carbon-fibre, aluminum, and high-strength steel. The carbon fibre is used in areas such as the A-, B-, and C-pillars to keep the centre of gravity down and the transmission tunnel is made up of carbon composite too.
BMW 7 series interior are spacious and can easily seat up to five people comfortably with a lot of legroom and shoulder room. It is furnished with premium leather, Pine wood and chrome. The seats are wide and well cushioned. The front seats are electrically adjustable and have memory function. The driver seat also has lumbar support. The dashboard is decorated with large grain pinewood and features several instruments with chromium trimmings. The multi functional steering wheel of this sedan has mounted buttons to control the music playing on the sophisticated audio unit of this car. The audio unit is that comes integrated with a 10.25-inch high-resolution display screen. It includes a CD, MP3 player, eight high-powered speakers. It also supports two USB ports, one SD card slot as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The windows are powered and the automatic climate unit is very good in keeping the climate inside the car pleasant. The sliding sunroof is very useful to let in the sunlight and cool air while driving. In addition, it also features ashtray inserts, cigarette lighter, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, assist grips, and rear armrest with cup holder, cooled glove box, door pockets, paddle shifter and many more.
The BMW 7 Series 740i (the base model) features a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that puts out 320 horsepower and has more than enough power for any of your day-to-day driving maneuvers. There are more-powerful engines in the lineup though. The 750i features a twin-turbocharged V8 with over 440 horsepower, and the high-performance M760i sports a twin-turbo V12 that puts out an obscene 601 horsepower. There’s also the Alpina B7, which is another high-performance trim. It features a twin-turbo V8 engine, but with “only” 600 horsepower, the B7 is merely the second-most powerful 7 Series model.
BMW introduces a plug-in hybrid to the 7 Series lineup for 2017: the 740e xDrive. It features a twin-turbo four-cylinder and an electric motor. Don’t let the plug-in hybrid tag fool you; the 740e is still quick. It can go zero to 60 mph in just over five seconds. No matter which engine you select, it will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth, timely shifts.
The base 2017 BMW 7 Series has some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class: 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those are better ratings than you’ll find in the Audi A8, Porsche Panamera, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. By driving the 7 Series instead of the aforementioned rivals, the average driver will save at least $150 per year in gas money.The 740e can go 14 miles on all-electric power, and even with the gasoline engine running, it gets better fuel economy than any other 7 Series model. It gets 64 mpg-e on electricity only, and 27 mpg combined with the gasoline engine running.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The base inline-6 should satisfy most shoppers with its seamless turbocharged thrust and laudable refinement, but the V8 takes things to another level. In our instrumented testing, a 750i xDrive launched from zero to 60 mph in a swift 4.5 seconds. Either way, the eight-speed automatic is one of the best in the industry, delivering buttery shifts right on time.
Out in the wild, the 2017 BMW 7 Series is a more capable handler than its size suggests, if not a full-fledged performance car like the Panamera. The Autobahn package’s predictive suspension helps produce an impressively flat cornering attitude, yet the ride is very supple on virtually all surfaces. There are five selectable drive settings in the 7 Series — Eco Pro, Adaptive, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus — but if it were our car, we’d just leave it in Sport, which strikes a winning balance by gracefully soaking up bumps while keeping body motions disciplined. Road and wind noise are held to a minimum, allowing passengers full enjoyment of their various entertainment options.
The top-dog M760i maintains the high levels of 7 Series luxury and comfort while also adding ridiculous amounts of performance. While it’s not an “M” car in the traditional sense, it corners with unflappable tenacity, and the power from the V12 is giggle-inducing. We recognize that it’s far beyond the expectations of any reasonable 7 Series driver, but we love it just the same.
This luxury car from BMW is packed with enormous list of safety features making this 7 Series as the safest in its class. Most of its features have been retained from its predecessor, but improved body construction made it even stronger. It has a total of eight airbags including dual front, sides and head airbags (for front and rear) that ensures maximized protection to the occupants. Besides these, the car is also loaded with impressive features including active protection with attentiveness assistance, passenger side airbag deactivation with key, electronic vehicle immobilizer, ISOFIX child seat mounting and so on. The list also includes side impact protection, crash sensor, tyre pressure monitoring system, runflat tyres with reinforced side walls, warning triangle with first aid kit and rear door with mechanical child-proof lock
Technology. That’s what the new 7-series is all about and that’s what makes it special. There’s a whole lot of science that’s gone into the bits under the skin and the cabin is, quite simply, a tech fest. The 730Ld also does luxury better than its predecessor with higher quality interiors, better all-round comfort and significantly improved refinement. The strong performance and good handling also make this a luxury sedan owners would love to get behind the wheel of themselves. To nitpick, ride quality could have been better and the dashboard design could have been more special. But, all said, the new model puts the 7-series back in the game, and how. The S-classes, A8s and XJs of the world better watch out.