The BMW 7-Series luxury sedan is available with a 320 hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, 445 hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 or a monster 610 hp 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 powerplant. All come with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Even the base engine is impressive but the V12 offers ballistic acceleration levels.
Available options such as a massaging rear seats, head-up display and practically fully-autonomous driving aids underline the 7-series’ technological and luxury aspirations. Only the prospect of steep depreciation, which affects most rivals too, dampens its appeal.