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The 7-Series hails as the flagship sedan of the BMW lineup. The cost of this extra-special, super-incognito luxury sedan is a mystery at present, but it will be announced closer to the B7’s U.S. launch this September. Expect a base price somewhere north of $140,000, a relative steal for a big sedan capable of punting itself to extra-legal road speeds so quickly, all while going less noticed than a similarly quick Mercedes-AMG S63.
The 2016 BMW 7 Series will arrive in the US showrooms in the fall of 2015. The MSRP for the BMW 740i will be $81,300 and the BMW 750i xDrive will be $97,400 (prices do not include Destination and Handling).
There is nothing evolutionary about the 7-Series’ chassis, however. Both the editions are based on the 750Li. The Solitaire Edition will be coated in metallic white while the Master Class will have a special black paint. Both paint colors will have glass flakes for extra sheen. As a result of those high-tech materials, the latest 7-Series is up to 290 pounds lighter than the model it replaces, netting better performance and improved economy. Upholding BMW’s ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ tag, the 7-Series boasts a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
The top offering in the 7-Series lineup is the newly-minted M760i xDrive. It uses a high-performance twin-turbocharged V12 engine tuned by BMW’s M motorsports division. One step down is the 750i, which uses a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8. A more efficient six-cylinder engine is also available in the form of the 740i. A plug-in hybrid, called the 740e, is also available for the super frugal.
All versions of the 7-Series use a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Borrowing technology from sister company Rolls-Royce, the eight-speed employs a new GPS system that can detect the terrain ahead and adjust the gearbox accordingly.
The 7-Series was previously available in both short- and long-wheelbase forms, but the new model is exclusively available in long-wheelbase form in the United States.