1997 BMW 7-Series

  • 1997 BMW 7-Series 740iL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      282/310
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $64,800
  • 1997 BMW 7-Series 740i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      282/310
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $60,850
  • 1997 BMW 7-Series 750iL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      322/361
    • ENGINE
      5.4L V12
    • MSRP
      $93,700
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1997 BMW 7-Series Review

A leader in the flagship segment.

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Overview

The 1997 BMW 7 Series classifies as a luxury sedan loaded down with standard features. The huge price difference between the 740i and the 750iL results from a long list of standard features on the 750iL. With a bunch of power, mediocre fuel economy, and above-average safety equipment, the 7 Series provides premier luxury without giving up seating space. The only real drawback of the BMW 7 Series remains the high price tag.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: BMW 7 Series 740i, BMW 7 Series 740iL, BMW 7 Series 750iL

What's New

One year after removing the regular-length 1997 BMW 7 Series 740i, BMW reintroduces it to appease the uproar of consumers. It provides more legroom than smaller BMWs. Other than this, there have been no major revisions to the BMW 7 Series for 1997.

Exterior

While large in size, the 1997 BMW 7 Series looks like an attractive car that exudes luxury. It comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, power heated mirrors, tinted glass, and a power moonroof. BMW offers over 30 custom color options for the paint job, which include metallic paints. Headlight cleaners and a rear ski bag remain optional.

Interior

The interior of the 1997 BMW 7 Series looks luxurious. It comes loaded with standard features such as automatic climate control, a trip computer, lighted entry, audio-dimming mirrors, and an exceptional premium audio system. The audio system features an AM/FM/cassette stereo, and a compact disc changer provides an option. Power windows and locks also come standard. Options include heated seats, a navigation system, and comfort seats.

Performance & Handling

The BMW 7 Series 740i and 740iL comes standard with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine, which provides plenty of power and extremely responsive acceleration. The 5.4-liter V-12 available in the 750iL produces even more power at the expense of fuel economy. Optional electronic damping suspension control improves the ride further. Overall, the 1997 BMW 7 Series provides a quiet ride with a ton of power under the hood.

Safety

As with the entire Series line of BMWs, the 1997 BMW 7 Series provides a safe ride with plenty of standard safety features. It comes with driver and passenger airbags and front side airbags for extra safety. Other standards include a four-wheel anti-lock brake system for plenty of stopping power. Traction control helps keep the BMW 7 Series on the road, and fog lights increase visibility. An anti-theft alarm system deters would-be thieves.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW 7 Series 740i: 17/24 mpg city/highway
BMW 7 Series 740iL: 17/24 mpg city/highway
BMW 7 Series 750iL: 13/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large size
  • Luxury
  • Sporty performance and handling

You Won't Like

  • Price

Sum Up

A leader in the flagship segment.

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