Call the fifth-generation 7 Series “a champion.” This almost all-new edition is “among the world’s most accomplished automobiles.” The interior cabin is perhaps the quietest ever devised, and the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 can traverse both narrow winding roads and the autobahn with unerring velocity and quick reflexes.
The New York Times
The new 7 is “faster, nimbler, and more fun” than any big sedan has a right to be. The previous 7 Series had a “dominatrix-in-Berlin” quality—“icy Germanic” interior, incomprehensible controls, “minimalist appointments”—that seemed designed for mature gentlemen who wanted to suffer while driving. Now the once-infuriating iDrive interface has been revamped, and the gorgeous analog gauges make this “a driver-first car.”
Road & Track
Top speed on this side of the Atlantic is electronically limited to 155 mph, but a quicker-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox will get you there faster. A new electronic overlord called Integrated Chassis Management monitors shocks, steering, and braking. The 402-hp V8 is as powerful as most V12s.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend
- Let us now praise Billy Joel
- 10 things you need to know today: October 25, 2014
- How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy
- How foreign aid screwed up Liberia's ability to fight Ebola
- America's anti-feminist mega-corporations' toxic disregard for women must stop
Subscribe to the Week