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March 2016

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38 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2016 WWW.LCTMAG.COM VEHICLE REVIEW BMW Redesigns And Positions 2016 Flagship Sedan For Elite Status Rear cabin luxury and refnement geared to impress executive clientele. By Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor B MW has upped the ante in the ultra- luxury sedan class with its all-new 7 Series models ready to go head-to-head with the Mercedes Benz S-Class, and any other automaker that wants to fght it out at the top of the high- end sedan food chain. Longer and loaded with more impressive technol- ogy and creature comforts than previous models, BMW boasts the 7 Series has the most rear legroom in its class (44.4 inches), and the op- tional Rear Executive Seat- ing packages are sure to sat- isfy the most discriminating wheel-heeled clientele. Comfortable In All Skins Further, the 7's new skin has a less muscular design than previous models. The more refned, classic body style is suited for the limousine in- dustry "look," but also sports sleek front and rear touches that highlight its luxury status. For example, the 7 Series has the largest double kidney grill BMW has ever stamped on its vehicles signifying its compa- ny fagship status. Head-turning looks, a pan- oramic moon roof, interior plushness and electronic wiz- ardry aside, the 7 Series is, of course, a BMW and engine power and performance stand out in all 7 Series models. The 750i and my test vehicle, the 750i xDrive, are equipped with a 4.4 liter Twin Turbo V-8 that crank 445 horsepow- er zipping from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. The 740i sports a 3.0 liter Twin Power Turbo that produces 330 horsepower and is no slouch going from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. There also are three div- ing modes — Sport, Eco, and Comfort — which allow chauffeurs to adjust the ve- hicle performance depend- ing on the situations. Com- fort mode is best suited when carrying passengers and Eco mode for when the chauffeur is running from job to job. Toggle Technology The new 7 Series naviga- tion features the iDrive 5.0 system with the frst-ever Gesture Control system or toggling entertainment func- tions. Simple fnger touches or movements on the exclu- sive Touch command and all new 7-inch Touch Command tablet serve as your controller to a number of comfort and luxury features, including mul- The 2016 BMW 750i xDrive is positioned to go head-to-head against the Mercedes S-Class.

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