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2001 BMW 7-Series Review
A great luxury flagship.
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The 2001 BMW 7 Series marks the absolute pinnacle of BMW power and style. With an exceptionally high price tag, even for a BMW, the 2001 7 Series gets reserved for very few drivers. However, the reason for its high price tag shows up in its pure luxury and classic BMW style.
Not only does the 2001 BMW 7 Series provide more speed and functionality than previous versions, it also continues BMW’s line of classy and elegant styling. The 7 never gets mistaken for any other brand with its unique styling, functionality, and power.
Engines: 4.4-liter eight-cylinder, 5.4-liter 12-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: BMW 740i, BMW 740iL, BMW 750iL
A number of additions show up on the 2001 BMW 7 Series. All of the 7 Series models come with a Motorola in-car phone with BMW’s patented mayday function. Some cosmetic inclusions, such as rocker panels and lower bumper valences, also start new with the 2001 BMW 7 Series, and sports packages provide an option on the 740iL and 750iL.
The 2001 BMW 7 Series includes a number of exterior features to complement its rather large (196.2 inches long by 73.3 inches wide by 56.5 inches high) dimensions. These dimensions make for a very classy exotic car look. Of course, the 2001 BMW 7 Series also comes with a vast number of exterior capabilities which make for an even better ride. Some of the features include 16-inch alloy wheels, intermittent rain-sensing wipers for hands-free operation, a power glass sunroof, power and heated mirrors, one-touch power windows, and a diversity antenna for static-free radio. All of these features, when examined with the absolutely beautiful styling of the exterior, make for a head-turning ride.
Inside the front of the 7 Series, occupants enjoy 37.4 inches of headroom as well as 41.9 inches of legroom to accommodate even the tallest of passengers. Many interior features allow for maximum comfort and convenience. Some of the features that come with the 2001 BMW 7 Series include leather bucket front seats, cruise control, a cargo net, the aforementioned hands-free car phone, variable power steering, and a universal remote transmitter to program and control a garage door or security system. Other features found inside the 2001 BMW 7 Series include a clock, a tachometer, memory settings for three drivers on both the seat and steering wheel, and a cabin air filtration system.
Performance & Handling
In comparison to other similarly sized engines, the two options available with the 2001 BMW 7 Series procure relatively little power. The 4.4-liter, eight-cylinder engine puts out 324 lb-ft of torque and 282 horsepower. With the 5.4-liter, 12-cylinder engine, both the torque and horsepower see rather small increases with 361 lb-ft of torque and 326 horsepower.
A rear limited-slip differential ups the performance of the BMW 7 Series. It also has a four-wheel independent suspension. Some of the safety features of the 7 Series also help with its handling.
Some safety features of the BMW 7 Series include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front head and side airbags, an engine immobilizer, and traction and stability control to maintain good handling. In the case of the 2001 BMW 7 Series, safety definitely does not cause concern.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 7 Series 5.4-liter 12-cylinder: 12/18 mpg city/highway
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