BMW 7-Series

New BMW 7-Series gets more tech and a smoother shell

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from £66,450
  • Packed with technology, better looking
  • We haven’t tried it on the open road yet

Given the amount of gadgetry to be found inside the new 7-Series, it’s probably a good job that BMW has invited us to its Miramas test centre in France so that its cleverest engineers can explain it all.

First lesson - there’s a new Dynamic Driving Control system that tunes the throttle, gearshift, adaptive dampers and, if fitted, the optional Dynamic Drive anti-roll bars and Integral Active Steering four-wheel steering system according to the selected setting – Comfort, Normal, Sport or Sport+. Out on the test track it’s soon clear that DDC blesses the new 7-Series with sharper handling, a better ride and tighter body control than the old car.

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Then there are the new 730d, 740i and 750i units, which are all cleaner and more frugal than those they replace, while the much-maligned iDrive system is now far more intuitive too. The new 7-Series also looks smoother and more cohesive than its predecessor. Now there’s something we didn’t need a workshop to understand.

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