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£69,035 when new
What’s this, then? Big, is what it is. It’s a 7-Series BMW with the long-wheelbase and 3.0-litre diesel six-cylinder. With all the options on our car, it’s a little under £90,000 worth. And this is our first go on Britain’s uniquely poor roads. Looks a bit like the old one… It does, but that’s where the similarities end, because this thing is properly new, with hardly anything carried over from the old 7. The big news is the chassis, which incorporates carbon-fibre reinforced plastic into a mostly aluminium and high-strength steel frame, trimming 40kg from the last 7’s kerb weight. If you choose to ignore all the extra equipment, BMW says this puts the new 7’s weight somewhere around that of its 1994 iteration. All in, the new 7 is something like 130kg lighter than the car it replaces. Impressive.