Published on 23 Mar 2013 by Dan Read
With a sixth generation BMW 7-Series being tested for arrival in late 2015, BMW has reworked the existing car to help it keep up with cars like the Mercedes S-Class. The German marque’s high-end saloon hasn’t been altered that much but there are a few new touches like a central control display with 3D graphics and an entertainment system for the rear passengers.
There’s an eight-speed auto transmission as standard, which is said to increase efficiency over a manual eight-speed gearbox by up to 25% no matter whether you choose anything from the six-cylinder diesel TwinPower turbocharged 7-Series to the BMW ActiveHybrid 7. The range topping 760Li with the 12-cylinder petrol engine and the 750i with a V-8 have also been reworked.
The current generation 7-Series has always combined speed, luxury and technology so gadgets like Adaptive Headlights with High Beam Assistance, BMW ConnectedDrive Park Assistant, which makes parallel parking simple, Driver Assistance Plus that keeps you in your lane, and Active Protection, which tunes suspension, brakes and engine management thanks to a vast array of sensors, are as important as the full leather interior and the 0 to 62 mph time of 4.6 seconds that the BMW 760Li achieves.
Drivers can customise their car’s equipment through the manufacturer’s ‘Individual’ programme, so no two 7-Series are the same. Whether you see the 7-Series as a luxury car, a limo or a sports saloon, there’s more than enough going for this generation to keep up sales whilst BMW perfect their new ultimate driving machine for 2015.