2020 BMW 7-Series (G11 Facelift - X7 Inspired)

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BMW 730Ld 2019 UK review

Should I buy one?

BMW’s six-cylinder diesel seems to largely suit the manner in which the 7 Series will spend much of its driven life, though it is those in the rear that will most appreciate its more relaxed attitude and refined power delivery.

At a cruise, this is a near two-tonne car that comfortably and effortlessly dispatches miles, yet can still engage its driver when required in a way that neither of its closest rivals can quite manage - if not quite as succinctly as when optioned with BMW's more advanced chassis tweaks.

Though the Mercedes-Benz S-Class may still deliver a greater overall sense of occasion, the 7 Series has so successfully narrowed the gap that choosing between them will largely fall down to which seat you plan on using most.

BMW 7 Series 730Ld specification

Where Oxfordshire, UK Price £72,200 On sale now Engine 2993cc, inline six cylinder, turbocharged dieselPower 261bhp at 4000-4500rpm Torque 457lb ft at 2000-2500rpm Gearbox 8-speed automatic Kerb weight 1870kg Top speed 155mph 0-62mph 6.2sec Fuel economy 40.9-44.1mpg CO2 176g/km Rivals Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/bmw/first-drives/bmw-730ld-2019-uk-review

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Alpina B7 2019 review

Should I buy one?

To buy an Alpina B7 you need to temporarily suspend rational thought. It is a magnificent device – explosively quick, but on this evidence, superbly refined and with a synergy between chassis and powertrain that's rare among such cars. Unique, perhaps.

The interior trim, for which Alpina uses the same leather supplier as Rolls-Royce, is also of the very highest material quality, as you would expect from Alpina. There are no limits on the scope of customisation, either.

And yet though there will be a handful of German owners who might one day rely on their car to safely execute a dramatic lane-change at more than 180mph, for the rest of us the B7 is almost absurdly over-engineered. And, in truth, a ‘drivers’ limousine’ remains a contradiction in terms, no matter how good the dynamics are. Those who would use the B7 to anything like its potential are are thin on the ground.

In the end, a B5 BiTurbo is almost half the price, rides beautifully, gives you far more to think about and is usefully narrow. Some machine, though, the mighty B7 – those with the means and the desire could hardly want for more.

Alpina B7 specification

Where Salzburgring Price 154,800 euros On sale Now Engine V8, 4395cc, turbo, petrol Power 600bhp at 5500-6500rpm Torque 590lb ft at 2000-5000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 2175kg Top speed 206mph 0-62mph 3.6sec Fuel economy 23.7mpg CO2 269g/km Rivals Mercedes-AMG S63, BMW M760Li

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/alpina/b7/first-drives/alpina-b7-2019-review

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Alpina B7 2019 review

Should I buy one?

To buy an Alpina B7 you need to temporarily suspend rational thought. It is a magnificent device – explosively quick, but on this evidence, superbly refined and with a synergy between chassis and powertrain that's rare among such cars. Unique, perhaps.

The interior trim, for which Alpina uses the same leather supplier as Rolls-Royce, is also of the very highest material quality, as you would expect from Alpina. There are no limits on the scope of customisation, either.

And yet though there will be a handful of German owners who might one day rely on their car to safely execute a dramatic lane-change at more than 180mph, for the rest of us the B7 is almost absurdly over-engineered. And, in truth, a ‘drivers’ limousine’ remains a contradiction in terms, no matter how good the dynamics are. Those who would use the B7 to anything like its potential are are thin on the ground.

In the end, a B5 BiTurbo is almost half the price, rides beautifully, gives you far more to think about and is usefully narrow. Some machine, though, the mighty B7 – those with the means and the desire could hardly want for more.

Alpina B7 specification

Where Salzburgring Price 154,800 euros On sale Now Engine V8, 4395cc, turbo, petrol Power 600bhp at 5500-6500rpm Torque 590lb ft at 2000-5000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 2175kg Top speed 206mph 0-62mph 3.6sec Fuel economy 23.7mpg CO2 269g/km Rivals Mercedes-AMG S63, BMW M760Li

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/alpina/b7/first-drives/alpina-b7-2019-review

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I would take the Alpina B7 over the 760li :unsure:
 

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2019 BMW 7-Series vs Audi A8 vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class review - What Car?

 

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Go even bigger with the grill, heck make the whole bonnet a grill
 

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BMW design chief defends massive 7 Series grille after ‘backlash’

The head of design at BMW admits the German firm expected a “backlash” for the large grille that debuted on the facelifted 7 Series sedan.

BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk told motoring.com.au said he “noticed” the criticism and in a way thought it was “inevitable”. But he added the X7 flagship SUV did not deserve the same criticism.

“It’s more a 7 Series discussion than anything else and the backlash is more or less the same as we expected,” he told the Australian publication.

“The X7 was launched at the same time and that’s why it’s thrown into that discussion, but the X7 grille is proportional to the size of the vehicle. All the cars in that segment are typically quite big,” he said.

Van Hooydonk explained the reasoning behind going with such a substantial grille on the firm's flagship saloon.

“The briefing we got was to make sure people understood the difference [between the 7 Series and the smaller 5 Series] and notice it.

“When we launched the [7 Series] it was quite smaller. The feedback we got on that was that people couldn’t see enough difference to the predecessor.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/bmw-design-chief-defends-massive-7-series-grille-after-backlash/
 

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BMW grille debate should focus on 7 Series, says design director

7 Series and X7 stand out from BMW's mainstream models because that's what their buyers want

Debate over BMW’s ‘over-sized’ grille design should be focused on the BMW 7 Series alone, according to the group’s design director Adrian van Hooydonk.

Discussions regarding BMW’s controversial grille designs ramped up this year with the launch of the facelifted 7 Series, and grew louder with the reveal of the BMW X7. However, van Hooydonk believes the criticism - led by UK commentators according to BMW’s monitoring - has now incorrectly put a focus on BMW grille designs as a whole.

“I don’t think it should be a BMW brand discussion at all, but rather one of the 7 Series alone,” said van Hooydonk. “All of our other cars are world cars, where the various tastes of the market tastes converge with no discrepancies, but the 7 Series sits separately.

“In Europe - the smallest market - the buyers are understated, but in the US and China - where most 7 Series are sold - they are younger and more extrovert. When we launched the new 7 Series [in 2015] it was criticised for not looking different enough, so the message for the facelift was clear: make it stand out. And now we have.”

However, van Hooydonk predicted that the separation in global tastes would not last long, pointing to feedback that he is increasingly receiving from BMW’s Shanghai design centre. “I hear from them that design tastes in China are developing rapidly,” he said. “Yes, they still want a modern look that pushes boundaries, but they are increasingly calling for subtle too. The gap is narrowing down, so I see the 7 Series design coming together with the rest of the range in a short time.”

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...te-should-focus-7-series-says-design-director
 
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