All-new last year, the 740i gains a standard Display Key, which shows information about several vehicle functions. New standalone options include M Sport brakes and Remote Controlled Parking. With the latter feature, the driver can maneuver toward a narrow parking space, leave the car, then use the Display Key to move the car all the way forward.
In the 740i, BMW’s 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Paddle shifters are standard. Acceleration to 60 mph takes a claimed 5.4 seconds. (The similar but V8-powered 750i comes with either rear-drive or all-wheel drive.)
High-tech features include the world’s first Gesture Control, which can respond to hand movements near the console. The “active” kidney grille includes an Air Breather that automatically opens grille bars and flaps in five stages when additional engine cooling is needed. BMW’s iDrive 5.0 system uses touchscreen technology.
BMW has called the latest 7 Series a “benchmark” in lightweight design, and in “intuitive operation.” Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic is extensively used in the Carbon Core passenger cell structure. Central-console controls are framed by wood or aluminum surfaces. Trim strips are made individually for each car. BMW claims the largest head-up display in the industry; it’s optional for the 740i.
With an MSRP of $81,500 (plus $995 destination charge), the 740i includes an air suspension, rearview camera, keyless entry, leather upholstery, soft-close automatic doors, panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, heated power front seats with driver’s memory and lumbar support, four-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights and foglamps, and a navigation system.
All-season run-flat tires are mounted on 18-inch alloy V-spoke wheels. Park Distance Control, an in-dash CD player, satellite radio, Harman Kardon surround-sound system, wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot also are standard.