The fourth generation of the full-size luxury sedan that serves as the flagship car for BMW launched for the 2002 model year. The all-new 2002 BMW 7 Series provides a full-size sedan or one with a long wheelbase. As well as being equipped with all the latest technologies from BMW, the new model of the BMW 7 Series has been redesigned both inside and out, and now offers an automatic transmission only.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 745i, BMW 745Li
For the launch of the fourth generation, the 2002 BMW 7 Series underwent a complete overhaul. Nothing remains untouched, from the exterior and interior styling, to the powertrain and new innovative technologies in the interior. As with previous generations, BMW uses the 7 Series as a way to test new technologies before rolling them out on the other models of BMW cars. As well as being the first BMW with a six-speed automatic transmission, it also marks the first to install iDrive.
The iDrive system aims to make the console a lot less complex by arranging necessary elements on and around the steering wheel. Through the iDrive system, the driver or passenger can then control the rest of the systems of the car, including the audio system, climate control, GPS navigation system, and the traction and stability control systems.
From the outside, the 2002 BMW 7 Series still looks instantly recognizable as a BMW as it comes equipped with the kidney-shaped grille found on other models, as well as the hooded headlights and similar roofline. The shape and lines of the front and side give the 2002 BMW 7 Series an aggressive and high-performance look. The redesign of the rear of the 2002 7 Series has been controversial, with some thinking it looks too fussy.
Both the base and a longer wheelbase model remain available, and both models have grown in all size dimensions, as well as weight, over the previous generation. The 2002 BMW 745Li measures almost five and a half inches longer than the base model, which provides greater legroom in the rear seats.
The interior of the 2002 7 Series makes a study in luxury and technology. Leather upholstery and wood trim provide the feeling of elegance upon entering the car. Besides the iDrive system, which may seem overly complex and difficult to use for some, other new technologies found within the 2002 BMW 7 Series include a 14-way power driver’s seat and a 12-way power front-passenger seat, programmable cruise control, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a navigation system, and a 10-speaker audio system with a six-disc CD changer. Both versions of the 2002 BMW 7 Series provide plenty of room to seat five adults comfortably.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 BMW 7 Series uses the same as the previous generation, but it has been modified to perform much better. Modifications result in a gain of over 45 horsepower, so that the 4.4-liter V-8 now produces 325 horsepower, as well as 325 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission remains the only transmission available for the 2002 BMW 7 Series.
While the 7 Series makes for a large sedan, it provides one of the best-performing vehicles in its class. Acceleration seems good, and the active roll stabilization system negates most body lean, so that steering feels precise and communicative. The suspension provides a smooth ride.
The 2002 BMW 7 Series includes a long list of standard safety equipment, such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, a new stability control system, front knee airbags, front side airbags, and front head-protecting airbags. Rear airbags remain optional and include side airbags, as well as full-length side curtain airbags. Airbag sensors only deploy the airbags when they detect a passenger. A front and rear obstacle detection and parking assist system provides an option.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 7 Series: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- High-quality interior materials
- Smooth and quiet ride
- Excellent handling
You Won't Like
- Control layout
- New technologies can be overly complex
- Exterior style
The all-new flagship sedan for BMW and one of the most technologically advanced vehicles.
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