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The Top Gear car review:BMW 7 Series
For:Comfort, economy, feels smaller than it is, loaded with advanced features
Against:Bit remote to drive, some tech a bit gimmicky
What is it?
A hugely important car for BMW, is this all-new 7-Series. BMW reckons its big-limo buyers run a mile from anything radical-looking (and it would know: remember the Bangle-era car?), which is why the big 7 looks, well, pretty much identical to the old one. It’s beneath the bodywork where things get properly interesting…
The highlight is the bodyshell. BMW made use of techniques and production methods devised for the i3 and i8 to trim 40kg from the 7’s chassis, which incorporates bits of carbon fibre (some as long as a normal-sized bloke is tall) for added stiffness, strength and lightness. All told, the new 7 is some 130kg lighter than the old car. A net 200 if you factor in all the added kit, which weighs 70kg by itself.