The 2017 BMW 7 Series is the second year of what is now the sixth-generation of this full-size luxury sedan that's been in production now since 1977. The 7 Series has long been the flagship model of the BMW range, and it's where the German automaker usually places some of its most advanced and innovative technologies first. This year, just a year after the launch of this sixth-gen model, BMW has now given us a plug-in hybrid version of its biggest and most luxurious model in the lower-spec trim instead of the higher trim level.
Building on similar classic sport-sedan proportions to those we've come expect from the brand, which have recently been reconfirmed with the current 3 and 4 Series, the 2017 BMW 7 Series maintains a very clean profile and sheet metal, compared to many of its rivals in the market.
Although the exterior could be considered by some to be relatively conservative, it's the complete opposite when you get to the interior. Once again, some of the design themes already in evidence with other recent models in the BMW family are finding their way into the 7 Series. However, this time they are being maximized and exaggerated, and a number of the up-close details of the i8 sports car are also being incorporated. As you'd expect, the very highest quality wood, leather, and metal materials and trims are found throughout the 7-Series, and new ways of paying attention to detail are everywhere. Ambient lighting is standard in all models, which is designed to light up the carpet when the doors are open so every entry into the car offers a real sense of occasion.
The lineup of the 2017 BMW 7 Series is essentially made up of two models, which are the 740i and the 750i. The 740i gets a twin turbo 3.0-liter inline six that produces 320horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, which can be sent to the rear or all four wheels if you choose the xDrive all-wheel drive system. The 750i takes things up a considerable notch by utilizing a 4.4-liter twin turbo that's been extensively redeveloped to improve efficiency, while still producing 445 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. If gasoline-only isn't for you, the 740 is now available as the 740e with a plug-in hybrid powerplant. The 740e is based upon 2.0-liter TwinPower inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which works in conjunction with an electric motor that’s powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery. Unlike the gasoline-only engine options, the 740e is only available with the xDrive system.
It could be considered a little crass to talk about 0 to 60 times with a car of this class, pedigree and luxury, but they deserve a mention all the same. The 740e gets to 60 mph from a standing start in just 5.1 seconds, while the 740i gets there in 5.4 seconds, the 740i xDrive in 5.1 seconds, the 750i in 4.6 seconds, and the 740i xDrive in a stunning 4.3 seconds.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.