But this brand new 7-Series is set to change all that – and Auto Express was first to get behind the wheel! BMW has taken the opposite tack with the styling this time around, crafting a more conventional shape that looks much better than its predecessor’s in the metal, with cleaner lines and none of the awkwardness of the current 7’s shape.
We took pre-production cars powered by each of the three launch engines on a handling circuit, and initial impressions were overwhelmingly positive.
Drive Dynamic Control comes as standard across the range. It lets the driver quickly select from four modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Each changes the steering, damping, throttle response and gearbox settings to alter dynamics – and the differences are tangible. In Comfort it’s as cosseting as any model in the class, but in Sport it dances from point to point like a much smaller car, feeling impressively agile.
Optional rear-wheel steering is well judged, too, improving turning response at low speeds and increasing stability when the pace is upped. Double-wishbone suspension keeps the saloon composed, aided by an active anti-roll bar which tightens up depending on the roll angle of the car.