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BMW’s all-new flagship 7 Series luxury sedan hits the streets with a bold new look and a full complement of next-generation enhancements.

The 7 Series introduces a slew of new features, from gesture control to smarter road anticipation technology.

Cutting-edge technology and impressive performance are the main elements in BMW’s redesigned flagship luxury sedan, the 2016 7 Series. The company’s engineers have created a vehicle that’s a feast for the senses, whether it’s hearing (via the state-of-the-art Bowers & Wilkins Diamond audio system) or smell (courtesy of the Ambient Air package that pumps pleasing fragrance into the interior).

Traditionally, iterations of the 7 Series have taken a more discreet approach to exterior styling, closely aligning with the flagship’s popular and appealing design DNA. The shape of the 2016 750i is not drastically different from its predecessor: The new design is more evolutionary than revolutionary. Up front, new LED headlights incorporate BMW’s familiar corona rings—though they are now leveled off at the top and bottom, lending the car a subtle, sinister look. The maker’s large kidney-shaped grille remains, but now the iconic design element incorporates new flaps, which open and close depending on the engine’s cooling needs and maximize aerodynamic efficiency.

The 750i hits the pavement with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine putting out 445 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. 0 to 60 mph goes by in a brisk 4.6 seconds, an astonishing velocity for a vehicle of this size. Opt for all-wheel drive, and that run is slashed by four-tenths of a second. A new adaptive driving mode tailors the 750i’s handling cues to suit your needs, automatically adjusting suspension, steering and transmission. That system adapts performance based on road conditions, your driving style and on data coming in from the navigation system. Part of the $4,100 Autobahn Package, Active Comfort Drive with road preview—a must-have—utilizes a front camera to scan the road ahead for bumps, then takes the data to pre-optimize the dampers and roll bars, thereby substantially reducing body roll. The result is an almost eerily smooth ride, a feature that you have to try to believe.

The 750i is a gadget-lover’s dream. Inside, iDrive 5.0 with gesture control makes the 750i the world’s first vehicle to let you change various infotainment features using one of five physical gestures (for example, swiping your hand right or left to accept or reject a call). There’s even an optional rechargeable Display key with an LCD touch screen that provides vehicle status updates right to your keyfob.

The car’s stunning interior

All this new technology may require a bit of a learning curve to fully enjoy. Encore Delivery offers one-on-one coaching with a BMW representative to help answer all your tech-related questions. Once you’ve mastered the ins and outs of this new flagship, BMW’s Ultimate Service, a suite of premium benefits included with all new BMW vehicles, provides no-charge maintenance for the first four years or 50,000 miles and ensures peace of mind. This all-new vehicle is available now. Check out the $94,400 2016 750i for yourself at your local BMW dealer. $94,400, Perillo BMW, 1035 N. Clark St., 312.981.0000

2016 BMW 750i

Base price

4.4-liter twin turbocharged V-8

8-speed automatic

445 hp @ 5,500 rpm

480 lb.-ft. @ 1,800 rpm

Cargo capacity
18.2 cu. ft.

City fuel economy
16 mpg

Highway fuel economy
25 mpg

Fuel tank
20.6 gal.

4,500 lbs.

0 to 60 mph
4.6 seconds

Top Speed
130 mph (155 mph with performance tires)

Fab Features
Cutting-edge gesture control
Adaptive Driving Mode
Bowers & Wilkins Diamond audio system