The BMW 7 Collection has all the time lived within the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, however this may very well be the automobile to lastly change that – and never simply because that chrome and LED grille is seen from house.
With the world transferring away from sedans and into higher-riding crossovers, the function of the 7 Collection has modified.
It’s by no means offered in big numbers, however fewer folks than ever need a lengthy, luxurious sedan. Reasonably than attempting to please everybody, BMW has used that truth as licence to make the 7 Collection a extra polarising proposition.
The cabin majors on flashiness, with an intriguing combine of colors and supplies combining to assist elevate it above the group, and the outside makes all of the controversy in regards to the Bangle Butt seem to be a lot ado about nothing.
Neglect about buttoned-down luxurious for demure executives, this can be a automobile for consumers who need the world to know their identify.
And, it’s all the higher for it.
The brand new 7 Collection is costlier than the long-wheelbase model of the mannequin it replaces to the tune of $23,000.
With that mentioned, it’s even larger than the earlier LWB mannequin, and comes loaded with customary tools. The one petrol mannequin is the 740i on take a look at right here, with a value of $268,900 earlier than on-road prices.
You possibly can spend $17,500 on a spread of BMW Particular person colors, whereas frozen matte colors like that of our tester are a $2600 choice.
Our tester was fitted with the Connoisseur Lounge bundle, which brings opulent add-ons corresponding to a panoramic leisure display screen to the rear seats for the not-inconsiderable sum of $27,900.
2023 BMW 7 Collection pricing:
- BMW 740i: $268,900
- BMW i7 xDrive60: $297,900
Costs embrace GST and LCT however exclude on-road prices
Completely gorgeous. It doesn’t have fairly as a lot display screen actual property as an S-Class, but it surely appears to be like and feels particular in a method the massive Mercedes-Benz simply doesn’t.
From the comfortable entrance seats trimmed in smooth, waxy Merino leather-based, to the crystal iDrive controller and backlit sprint trim; it feels as if each little aspect within the cabin has been designed to shock and delight.
It will get even higher at midnight, the place there are little LED motifs seen via the metallic speaker grilles and the dashboard involves life.
Throw within the metallic end on the carbon-fibre inlays and also you’re left with a cabin that isn’t refined, however one which’s so confidently executed it’s exhausting to not fall in love.
The driving place is standout, and the steering wheel is as lovely to carry as it’s to behold. A budget-feeling paddles are the one actual letdown – though as we’ll point out later, just a few extra buttons wouldn’t go astray.
BMW has made a acutely aware effort to enhance its display screen know-how of late, and it’s paid off.
The curved setup rolling out throughout the vary, together with on this 7er, has wealthy graphics and responds shortly to inputs from the touchscreen, a rotary controller on the transmission tunnel, or Hey BMW voice prompts.
I don’t know that it’s really less complicated to make use of than the iDrive 7.0 system it replaces, although. The actual fact BMW has chosen to bury its local weather controls within the display screen is disappointing although, because it makes what must be easy duties extra time consuming.
Not less than wi-fi Apple CarPlay appears to be like nice on the massive display screen, and the wi-fi charger on the base of the dashboard holds a contemporary smartphone in place.
The rear seats are even higher than the fronts, a minimum of with the Connoisseur Bundle fitted. For starters, the seats themselves are heated, cooling, and massaging, they usually’re each bit as lusciously padded because the fronts.
Every passenger will get a bit of touchscreen of their door able to controlling the local weather, media, and seats, and the sound system again there’s even higher than up entrance. The seats could be set to pulse in time along with your music, and the encompass impact on the 40-speaker (!) sound system is gorgeous.
Legroom again there’s good, though it’s nonetheless not fairly Rolls-Royce nice.
Headroom is great, and the blackout blinds actually do maintain prying eyes at bay – to the purpose the place you may’t see a factor via the rear window utilizing the rear-view mirror when the rear blind is deployed. Take that, paparazzi.
Then there’s the 32-inch 8K cinema display screen. It’s mounted on the roof and slides into place on the press of a button… when the driving force’s seat is thus far ahead, solely a really quick chauffeur may really get you the place you’re headed.
As soon as it’s folded down you’re in a position to slide the seat again a bit, although. The show itself has a better decision than costliest televisions, and it’s able to displaying streaming content material should you’re signed into an Amazon account. That content material could be central, for each passengers, or oriented to swimsuit the left or proper seat.
It’s a novel promoting level, though it’s solely prone to attraction to chauffeurs carting round very necessary folks.
Energy within the 740i comes from a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six cylinder petrol engine mated with a 48V mild-hybrid system, for system outputs of 280kW and 540Nm.
This 48V mild-hybrid system is ready to produce as much as 9kW and 200Nm and is used as a starter motor to fireplace up the combustion engine.
It’s additionally in a position to act as a generator and recuperate kinetic power throughout coasting and braking at a fee of as much as 15kW. An eight-speed ZF computerized transmission is customary.
BMW says the petrol 7er dispatches the 100km/h dash in 5.4 seconds, and makes use of a claimed 7.9L/100km on the mixed cycle.
The gasoline tank holds 74L. We noticed across the 10L/100km mark throughout a stint spent principally within the metropolis.
BMW assures us there’s a petroleum engine beneath the bonnet, however you truthfully wouldn’t comprehend it more often than not.
The cabin is so effectively insulated, and the inline-six is so easy, the 740i may as effectively be electrical, nuclear powered, or fuelled by the hopes and desires of S-Class house owners.
The beginning-stop system is imperceptible, and the eight-speed computerized shuffles so subtly via the decrease gears it doesn’t really feel as if there’s a turbocharged engine beneath the bonnet. It simply floats alongside imperiously.
Put your foot down and you’ll really feel the 48V mild-hybrid system providing the petrol engine a serving to hand down low, lending this circa-2100kg barge the efficiency to point out Golf GTI house owners a clear set of heels within the visitors mild grand prix.
Accelerating exhausting is the one time you actually hear the three.0-litre engine, and it really sounds good. It has a muted six-cylinder bark that’s characteristically BMW, and makes the marginally strained V6 within the S-Class really feel a bit underdone.
Trip consolation is outstanding on the usual air suspension, particularly in Consolation Mode. Little imperfections are simply steamrolled beneath the 7er’s wheels, and there’s a pillowy softness to the best way it soaks up pace bumps.
It looks like BMW has taken inspiration from the Consolation Plus setting featured on Alpina automobiles; it’s simply so beautiful and languid. Coupled with fluid steering and the silken powertrain, the cosseting trip makes the 7er an attractive place to spend lengthy intervals of time.
It’s a kind of automobiles that immediately drops your coronary heart fee just a few beats per minute because the door closes.
The rear-wheel steering may be very efficient in tightening up the turning circle, however there’s no getting away from the actual fact this can be a large bus.
At 5391mm lengthy and 2192mm broad, it’s really 10mm longer and 100mm wider than a Ford Ranger Raptor, and it actually reveals within the metropolis.
Though it’s simple sufficient to string via tight laneways and underground carparks for a limo, there actually isn’t any escaping the actual fact these wheels are eminently kerb-able.
Criticising a flagship sedan for being large is like criticising water for being moist, in fact, but it surely’s price contemplating should you dwell within the metropolis.
The 7er is most comfy on the open highway. Only a trace of tyre roar is noticeable at 100km/h, however in any other case the 7er eats up the miles with out actually breaking a sweat.
It’s additionally able to getting a little bit of a transfer on once you’re feeling racy. The suspension corporations up a bit in Sport Mode, and the energetic anti-roll bars – pushed by the 48V mild-hybrid system – get to work conserving all 2100kg in test.
You possibly can take it by the scruff of the neck and make your rear-seat passengers uncomfortable if the highway is fascinating, though that looks like a fairly efficient technique to be fired out of your rent automobile company…
BMW driver assists are typically wonderful, and that’s the case right here. The adaptive cruise easily and well maintains a niche to the automobile in entrance, and the energetic lane-centring does a great job conserving you between the white traces.
The actual fact you now should dive into the touchscreen to alter your following distance for the automobile in entrance although is tough to grasp. There’s loads of house for buttons on that lovely-looking steering wheel; for BMW to take them away within the pursuits of aesthetics (or cost-savings) isn’t adequate.
- M Sport bundle
- 20-inch M mild alloy wheels
- Run-flat tyres
- M entrance, rear aprons
- M Excessive-Gloss Shadow Line
- M Sport Brakes with darkish blue calipers
- M Facet Sills in Excessive-Gloss Black
- M Leather-based Steering wheel, flat-bottom design
- M Headliner Alcantara Anthracite
- Design Pure Excellence bundle ($NCO)
- BMW Particular person metallic paint
- BMW Iconic Glow illuminated grille encompass
- Adaptive 2-axle air suspension
- Auto self-levelling
- Guide elevating by 20mm (35km/h max)
- Integral Lively Steering
- Adaptive LED headlights
- BMW Crystal Headlights Iconic Glow
- Excessive-Beam Assistant
- Ambient inside lighting
- Electrical folding mirrors, auto-dimming (driver)
- BMW Dwell Cockpit Skilled
- 12.3-inch digital instrument show
- 14.9-inch Curved Management Show
- BMW Working System 8
- Voice recognition
- Map updates*
- BMW ConnectedDrive
- Clever Emergency Name
- BMW TeleServices
- Wi-fi Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Information, Climate apps*
- BMW Clever Private Assistant*
- Distant Software program Replace*
- Distant Companies*
- Actual Time Site visitors Data*
- Inside digicam incl. anti-theft video recording
- Head-up show
- BMW Contact Command 5.5-inch shows in rear doorways
- Wi-fi smartphone charging
- 18-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Encompass Sound, 655W
- 6 x USB-C ports, 4 x 12V energy sockets
- Encompass View Cameras
- BMW Particular person Merino leather-based upholstery
- Multifunctional Seats, entrance
- Electrical adjustment incl. lumbar
- Electrical adjustment of headrests
- Reminiscence operate
- BMW CraftedClarity handmade glass
- BMW Controller
- Begin/cease button
- Quantity curler
- Gear selector
- Seat adjustment buttons
- Seat heating, entrance and rear
- Heated steering wheel
- Floor heating
- Entrance centre console armrest
- Entrance, rear door armrests
- Instrument panel, decrease part
- Lively seat air flow, entrance
- Seat therapeutic massage operate, entrance
- 4-zone local weather management
- Distant Engine Begin
- Distant local weather pre-conditioning
- Consolation Entry
- Auto tailgate operation incl. contactless operate
- Panoramic Glass Roof Sky Lounge
- Instrument panel, higher doorways in Walknappa leather-based
- Effective-wood inside trim
- Curler sunblinds, rear
- Smooth-close doorways
Design Pure Excellence bundle: $NCO
- Chrome exterior parts
- Gray brake calipers
M Sport Professional bundle: $NCO
- M Sport brakes with black high-gloss calipers
- Black high-gloss M rear spoiler
- BMW Particular person high-gloss shadow line
- Grille body and struts
- Rear apron trim
- Tail lights
Connoisseur Lounge bundle: $27,900 (740i), $9000 for (i7 xDrive60)
- Computerized doorways (740i)
- 31.3-inch 8K BMW Theatre display screen for rear passengers (740i)
- Government Lounge seating
- Rear multifunction seats (740i)
- Rear ventilated seats
- Massaging rear seats
- Government lounge rear console (740i)
- 35-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Encompass Sound
A spread of different choices can be found, together with upholsteries, trims and alloy wheels.
The 2023 BMW 7 Collection and i7 haven’t been crash examined by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.
Customary security options embrace:
- 7 airbags incl. front-centre
- Lively Safety inc. Attentiveness Assistant
- Lively entrance headrests
- Driving Assistant Skilled
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Lane change warning
- Lane departure warning
- Entrance, rear cross-traffic alert
- Rear collision prevention (AEB)
- Exit Warning
- Steering and Lane Management Assistant
- Auto pace restrict help
- Evasion Assistant
- Entrance Brake Intervention (AEB)
- Ahead collision warning
- Parking Assistant Skilled
- Parking Assistant
- Lively Park Distant Management
- Lateral Parking Assist
- Encompass View cameras
- Panorama View
- 3D View
- Reversing Assistant Skilled (as much as 200m)
- Object and line marking detection
- Automated Manoeuvre Assistant
- BMW Drive Recorder
- Velocity restrict recognition
- Velocity limiter
- Tyre strain monitor
i7 xDrive60 provides:
- Acoustic Safety for pedestrians
BMW has ditched its three-year guarantee, and has moved into line with the likes of Mercedes-Benz by providing a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee as a substitute.
The 740i comes customary with a five-year BMW Service Inclusive bundle.
BMW has taken a danger with the brand new 7 Collection, and it’s completely paid off.
The daring nostril received’t be to all tastes, however pleasing everybody clearly wasn’t excessive on the checklist of priorities right here.
Consequently, BMW has delivered a assured, eye-catching luxurious sedan that makes its conventional German rivals look a bit demure.
It has the substance to again up its fashion, too. It’s so comfy and refined, it feels extra like a Rolls-Royce with a German accent than a BMW dressed up for chauffeur duties.
This is a wonderful massive sedan. It’s only a disgrace so few folks will doubtless purchase one.
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