The folks at MotorTrend had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with BMW's latest release, the 7 Series. We will act as a pass through point and we will let them explain to you their findings, but before, let us show you a short teaser.
Inside, the car emphasizes a clean look that focuses on the driver, with many controls accessible from a new three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel. BMW's new "Black Panel" technology makes much of the instrument cluster appear blank when not in use, and the new transmission lever moves back to its traditional place on the console. But don't think BMW is taking a step back from the previous car's techno-wizardry. Using its E-shift system, the transmission ditches a traditional gate for an entirely electronic control that's "tipped" in one direction or another to select drive or reverse. Park is engaged by pressing a button.
While the new 7 Series may mark the end of BMW's experiment with column-mounted shift levers, the automaker's iDrive system lives on. The much-maligned multimedia interface originally made its debut in the 2002 7 Series, and a completely new generation has been designed for 2009.
Buyers who choose the 7 Series over its Mercedes and Audi competitors typically prefer spending time behind the wheel; BMW is making sure its new 7 won't disappoint them. Both U.S. versions of the 750i and 750Li feature the automaker's new twin-turbo, direct-injection 4.4L V-8 under the hood, which recently made its debut in the X6 SAC. Good for 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque (between 1750 and 4500 rpm) and mated to a six-speed automatic, the new 7 Series offers an improvement of 40 hp and 90 lb-ft over its predecessor. BMW claims it also will have class-leading fuel economy.
I encourage you to read the full article, it is probably the first most complete review of the 7 that we have seen so far.