From the technical point of view, the 7 Series is impressive just by looking on the spec list. The 3.0-liter engine is a real state-of-the-art piece of technology, especially if we're taking into account the amount of power it provides with so little fuel. According to BMW's figures, the Common Rail technology helps develop 306 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 600 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm, while keeping fuel consumption at a very low level: 26.1 mpg (9 l/100km) city and 41.2 mpg (5.7 l/100km) highway.
Just like on the 5 Series GT, the tested model was fitted with Integral Active Steering which is very useful especially for such a sporty and agile large sedan. In short terms, the system automatically steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels to increase stability and comfort. The use of such a technology has two benefits, depending on the car's speed: at low speeds, it reduces the turning cycle while at higher speeds it increases handling and stability. This was also one of the options added to our vehicle, with pricing going around 1,600 Euros.
The suspension system with all its four modes is also a major feature of the car, as it allows the driver to customize the settings depending on the driver's needs. The Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+ levels adjust the setup and provide a greater amount of power and/or increase the comfort rating.
BMW's Steptronic transmission unit has 8 forward speeds which, regardless the selected mode, makes gear shifting almost unnoticeable. Furthermore, the gearbox comes with a manual shift function, so drivers who are looking to bring their very own touch to the car's final performance figures can easily pull the gear stick to the left and then shift manually.Continue reading