2011 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2011 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750Li RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The BMW 7-Series has its biggest beefs with the likes of the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but the Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide are all legitimate prey, too.

The S-Class still looks imposing in its last years of life, and its AMG-gone-wild editions are numerically superior to BMW's Alpina-tuned 7er.

The new Audi A8 looks less convincingly different than we were promised, but it's a swift, stable performer with a marvelous interior--despite our serious reservations about its Palm Pilot-like controller for audio and navigation.

The Jaguar XJ sexes up the class with an aero body and a swinging interior, but the new shape zaps rear-seat room and not all of the new interior bits feel rich and expensive.

Remove half the backseat room from the XJ, make it even more gorgeous and expensive, and you have the utterly fantastic but impractical Aston Martin Rapide.

Double the rear-seat room, and add on impossible amounts of tire-smoking performance, and you arrive at the rather lumpy-looking Porsche Panamera, which obliterates all these cars with a 0-60 mph time of about 3.3 seconds for Turbo models.

2011 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750Li RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 7-Series
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2011 Audi A8 L 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A8
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2011 Jaguar XJ2011 Jaguar XJ
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2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2010 Porsche Panamera V62011 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
Call us converts: The latest BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio.
Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier.
The 2011 Jaguar XJ severs ties with its past, and rocks a mod new look that suits its dynamic personality.
From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort.
There's not much ordinary or traditional about this phenomenal fastback, and that's mostly a good thing.
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Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Gas/Electric V6Gas V6
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LargeLargeLarge CarLargeLarge Car
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door HB
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Hatchback
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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