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First Drive: 2016 BMW 7-Series

A techie’s dream car.

by on Aug.28, 2015

The new 2016 BMW 7-Series will come to the U.S. only in long-wheelbase form.

The value of a luxury car has traditionally been measured by the pound and feet, by the size and number of cylinders of its engine and, of course, by the number of trees and cowhides used to complete its passenger compartment. But the old measurements have begun to change, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the sixth-generation BMW 7-Series.

True, with U.S. buyers now set to get only the long-wheelbase version, it’s bigger than ever. But the new sedan also gets lighter, thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber, aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel. It uses a twin-turbo engine to punch out incredible amounts of power from a relatively modest 4.4-liter V-8. And while there’s more leather and wood than ever – some of it barely apparent to passengers – BMW expects buyers to be drawn to the incredible array of technologies that have increasingly come to define the best luxury vehicles.

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In developing the 2016 7-Series, BMW engineers intentionally set out to one-up the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the latest version having become the current, high-tech automotive benchmark. And, at least in terms of the number and range of new features the 7-Series offers, it would seem they’ve succeeded. From a comfort and safety standpoint, never mind the manufacturing side, the new BMW 750i is a high-tech showcase.


BMW Points Fingers with All-New 7-Series

New features on ultra-lux sedan include gesture controls.

by on Jun.10, 2015

BMW unveiled the all-new BMW 7 Series today. The brand’s flagship sedan is in its sixth generation.

This article has been updated with additional information.

There’s likely to be a lot of finger-pointing when the all-new, 2016 BMW 7-Series reaches showrooms in the coming months. And that’s precisely what the Bavarian automaker wants.

Aiming to catch up to the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW not only gave the new 7-Series a visual makeover but also is loading it up with a wide array of high-tech comfort, infotainment and safety features. And a number of key commands, such as adjusting the sedan’s volume control, can be handled with a simple gesture.

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“Pre-selected hand movements in the vicinity of the center console allow 3D sensors to register and fulfill requested actions. Gestures to adjust the audio volume control, accept or reject incoming phone calls,” BMW explained during a preview of the new model in Germany on Wednesday. (more…)