2008 BMW 7-Series Review

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Controversially styled, the 2008 BMW 7-Series still performs like a smaller sedan and carries rear passengers with ease.

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The 2008 BMW 7-Series returns for the new model year with its formerly controversial shape muted somewhat and a newer, less radical version on the way. The current silhouette has not been well received by the press, but sales of the 7-Series are still strong, and BMW credits the groundbreaking shape with making the 7-Series a stronger competitor for the Mercedes S-Class.

So what does the 2008 BMW 7-Series offer those buyers who must have this year's model? There are two body configurations differentiated by a variation in wheelbase of nearly six inches. Both body styles (identified as the 750i and long-wheelbase 750Li) are powered by a 4.8-liter, 360-horsepower V-8 engine. The long-wheelbase 7-Series may also be equipped with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 438 hp; it's teamed with a six-speed automatic that has manual-shift capability. This 7-Series is known as the 760Li. With either engine, the 7-Series performs like a powerful musclecar that has graduated from post-secondary charm school. Both are swift, smooth, and not quite silent (hearing a powerful engine is a good part of driving this BMW)--and neither are miserly with fuel. In general, the big BMWs have sportier handling than the Mercedes S-Class--but they still feel heavy compared to the latest Jaguar XJ and Audi A8.

The generous space inside the 2008 BMW 7-Series is appointed luxuriously and with impressive technologies, though the dash itself is busy and dark. Along with an impressive audio system, the optional luxury seating package includes front chairs that are heated and cooled; in addition, they have a massage feature. Unfortunately, the infamous iDrive system that commands the climate control, navigation, and audio functions is still there--like a bad penny. BMW promised more simplification of the system for 2009.

The front seats are luxurious and comfortable, but it's the backseats that feel almost regal--particularly in the long-wheelbase editions. All manner of safety gear is included as standard equipment in the 2008 BMW 7-Series.

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April 18, 2015
For 2015 BMW 7-Series

750 is awesome

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Aside from the fact that there are a still a few things I need to learn about this car, it is the best vehicle I've ever had. It's fun to drive - everything about it is as close to perfect as it can be.
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January 12, 2016
2013 BMW 7-Series 4-Door Sedan 740Li RWD

Business class at all times and performance car when needed

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I love what BMW accomplished in the 740 IL. A dose of luxury with the IL extension, and the basic 7 series amenities. Under the hood the 7 series delivers performance on a dime. The performance tubeless run... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2013 BMW 7-Series

Love my 750Li BMW!

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Car is amazing. Great fuel economy for this size automobile. Handles like a sports car, drives like a dream and performance with the twin turbos is outstanding.
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