Luxury car manufacturers have a goal of their own. While it’s all about speed for Ferrari and Lamborghini, companies like Audi, Mercedes and BMW focus on comfort, performance combined with the best technology in the world.
Car tech is booming like never before and it is evident that BMW doesn’t want to be left behind. The company’s top officers had a meet with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook to discuss and integrate some of the latest tech into their upcoming vehicles. At the moment, we don’t know whether it is going to be an Apple car or a BMW car when it gets an official announcement. However, the 2016 BMW 7 Series, which comes straight from their manufacturing unit confirmed that the manufacturer, can do a great job without relying on the technology giants.
Compared to the previous version, the all new model is substantially lightweight because it is constructed using carbon fiber materials. They are extremely safe as the fiber has received high ratings in crash tests; yet, it weighs less, which allowed BMW to construct the new 7 series without changing its basic structure.
There are two different types of variants available, including the 750i and the 740i. Both these cars support rear wheel drive while you can choose to upgrade to the 750i xDrive trim which will support all wheel drive. A 3.0 liter in-line six cylinder turbocharged engine powers the 740i while a 4.4 liter turbocharged V8 engine is used in the 750i variant. The V8 delivers an impressive 445 horsepower, which should satisfy buyers who love good acceleration and top speed.
When it comes to car technology, safety matters the most. The 2016 BMW 7 series is incorporated with a wide range of safety features including the tweaked automatic steering and braking system. Automatic collision avoidance system is found in most luxury sedans, but BMW has gone a step ahead where the car will initiate an instant stop to save the passengers, but the feature can be manually altered by the driver, based on the actual situation to avoid damage.
The infotainment system in the 2016 models support gesture control and has an advanced self-parking system. The driver can leave the car in front of the garage after which it will automatically park itself without an actual person driving it. The U.S. regulations board has some stringent rules which BMW is trying to satisfy. Once they successfully accomplish it, they will be able to bring all these features and more into the country. The car is priced at $96,000 which could increase or decrease based on the variant you choose.