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0–60 MPH 5.1s / 4.3s
2018 BMW 7 Series: New Car Review
For a luxurious sedan, the 2018 BMW 7 Series is a heck of driver’s car. If there’s any such thing as a bargain at this giddily expensive level, the 7 Series might be it, because it’s like two cars in one.
To recline in the back is to be pampered, stretch out and enjoy more rear legroom than the regular Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Or you could sit in the driver’s seat and have a surprising amount of fun. And as well as a full-size flagship, it’s a technological masterpiece.
This is the most spacious sedan BMW has ever made, yet it’s around 190 pounds lighter than the previous generation. Much of that is because of the frame’s radical construction. High-strength steel, die-cast aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) are all placed in optimum locations. The relatively thin A-pillars (for modern cars) have tubes of CFRP inside them that run from the top of the hood, over the doors and down to the trunk. An aluminum hood, trunk lid and door panels are then hung on this frame.
There are computers, cameras and sensors to make the car safer and more convenient than a 7 Series has ever been before, along with a standard-issue air suspension for total comfort and fine-tuned composure.
What’s New for 2018?
Some renaming and restructuring of active driver aid packages.
What We Like
Cutting-edge construction; fabulous engines; high-class appointments; remarkable suspension
What We Don’t
Nothing beyond the amount of dollars required to buy one
The 740i has a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine turbocharged to produce 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption at 21 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined when using the default rear-wheel-drive setup, or 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined with optional all-wheel drive.
The 750i uses a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 developing 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Again, rear-wheel drive is the basic setup. Fuel consumption is rated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined, or 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/19 mpg combined with the all-wheel drive system.
Both versions have active grille shutters contributing to aerodynamic efficiency.
The 740e xDrive iPerformance plug-in hybrid version combines a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack (located under the rear seat) for a system total of 322 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque driving all four wheels. EPA ratings are 64 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) on the combined cycle. Electric-only range is 14 miles. When using just the combustion engine, it’s estimated to achieve 27 mpg combined.
The M760i xDrive has a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 generating 601 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption is 13 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined.
The Alpina B7 xDrive makes a similar amount power — 608 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque — from a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. All-wheel drive is standard and fuel consumption is quoted as 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/19 mpg combined.
Standard Features & Options
Although not badged as such, the 2018 BMW 7 Series is the long-wheelbase version, offering maximum rear passenger space. BMW doesn’t bring the shorter version into the United States.
The 740i ($84,095) comes with a comprehensive list of standard equipment. This includes 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED lighting inside and out, adaptive air suspension, quad-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, selectable drive modes, keyless entry/ignition, hands-free trunk operation, twin-panel panoramic sunroof, soft-closing doors, 10-way power-adjustable/heated front seats with driver’s-side memory settings, parking sensors front and rear, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 10.2-in display and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with satellite/HD radio and a pair of USB ports.
The 750i ($97,395) has 19-in alloys, upgraded leather, power sunshade for the rear window, and 20-way multi-contour front seats. This model can also come with all-wheel drive, badged as the 750i xDrive.
Both versions are eligible for the Autobahn package, which uses cameras to read the road surface and then prompts the computer-controlled suspension to react accordingly. It also includes variable-ratio steering and rear-wheel steering (known as Integral Active Steering).
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