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A bowl of debonair, 2 cups of technology, 2 teaspoons of luxury, 1 teaspoon of genius with a dash of BMW, makes the perfect recipe for what is known to us as the 2016 BMW 7-series, that is showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015.
BMW has a come a long way from the first generation. Loaded with innovations, this car is the one which will make you feel like you’re in the 22nd century. For the $81,300 that you pay, you’ll be subjected to an array of new experiences; Whether you like to drive or be driven.
Power delivery comes either from a twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder engine, delivering 320 HP and 447 Nm of torque; or a twin-turbo V-8 offering 445 HP and 650 Nm of torque. The weight savings on the car and the tremendous amount of power from the V-8 engine delivers the 0-100 kmph runtime of 4.3 seconds, just two tenths slower the current-generation M5. Even with that amount of power, this one glides through the roads silently.
Despite the increase in its size, the biggest news is that the 2016 7-Series is 130kg lighter than the outgoing model. Thanks to the use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the passenger cell and body, as well as lighter new engines.
The big display wedged atop the dashboard is now touch-sensitive, responding not only to the tips of your fingers but even the approach of your hand. If that’s not enough to impress, there are the gestures. Swipe your hand rudely to change a song that is not pleasing or to reject the call from a person who is probably too annoying. True to many other aphorisms, ‘Relax, we’ll do it for you’ (But still many fail to keep that up), BMW actually does it for you; it goes as far as to drive for you. Yes. You read that right.
The 2016 7 -Series can now steer itself – for a limited time though. A pair of cameras hidden behind the rear-view mirror watches the road ahead, and when the painted lines on the road are visible; the car will make sure that it stays on track. The car can also park itself, and in Europe it’ll be able to pull itself out of the garage without you actually sitting inside.
Four-zone climate control is standard across the range, with a touch control panel between the rear seats allowing adjustment of temperature and the rear media interface. There’s even the option of an ‘Ambient Air’ package, which releases a choice of eight controlled scents into the cabin and ionises the air. People who hate car odours, you should definitely add this car to your list.