The BMW 7 Series debuted in 1978, serving as BMW's flagship sedan. This full-size sedan epitomizes the prestige and luxury of BMW cars. It still faces considerable competition in this class, but BMW sits comfortably at the top of the pile due to the 7 Series’ excellent handling, making it a prime choice for people who actually like to drive. Most sedans in this class simply concentrate on giving passengers a soft and comfortable ride, but BMW offers much more than this.
Although it can be driven like a normal luxury sedan, the driving style can be customized to cater for the driver’s individual tastes which make it a lot more fun than others in its class.
The 2006 BMW 7 Series is a driver's car, even though it seems incredibly luxurious for its class, and its interior looks almost like a limousine. Anyone who has ever driven a BMW knows exactly what to expect, and definitely won't be disappointed with this series as it includes the immaculately tight, precise steering and great handling ability this manufacturer offers. The top-of-the-range 7 Series represents the very best of BMW's knowledge in making high-end luxury sedans.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 7 Series 750i, BMW 7 Series 750 Li, BMW 7 Series 760i, BMW 7 Series 760Li
During previous years the styling of the 7 Series has become much more aggressive. The 2006 smoothens out some of these aggressive edges, creating a stylish sedan.
The exterior of the 2006 BMW 7 Series looks quite stylish, especially in comparison to earlier versions that divide opinions. Standard features for the 750i include adaptive headlights and 18-inch wheels, and it comes fitted with a moonroof. BMW offers a huge range of options for both models, including 19-inch wheels.
The interior features a clean and uncluttered appearance, and back-seat passengers feel pleasantly surprised by the amount of legroom. However, if you frequently carry taller passengers in the back, you may want to go for the longer wheelbase as most of this extra length increases the rear-seat legroom.
As expected with such a high-end, full-size sedan, the 2006 BMW 7 Series comes packed full of technology and luxury. The front seats have 14-way power adjustment, while the rear seats have a 12-way adjustment. Passengers stay comfortable at all times with heated and cooled surfaces in the car.
Standard features for the 750i include leather upholstery, interior accents of walnut wood, a navigation system, cruise control, and an audio system with 10 speakers. It features climate control and parking distance control. Choosing the 750Li gives buyers adjustable front seats, 20-way functionality, along with dynamic front headrests. BMW offers a huge range of options for both models, including an adaptive ride package with a rear suspension with self-leveling functionality, an upgraded premium sound system, and active cruise control.
Just about all of the items mentioned above come standard with the 760i and the 760Li. Optional extras include a DVD entertainment package which has an iDrive controller in the rear seat and a DVD six-disc changer in the trunk.
BMW's iDrive system handles a lot of different functions, including Internet access, GPS navigation, and even the climate control and stereo functions. While a good idea, it requires some time and dedication to master, so you need to be prepared to get out the owners handbook to discover exactly how it works. Later versions of the iDrive seem a lot easier to operate.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 BMW 7 Series comes in four different models, including the regular-wheelbase 750i and the 760i and the long-wheelbase 750Li and 760Li. The 750 comes fitted with a 4.8-liter V-8 that produces 360 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. The 760 contains a 6.0-liter V-12, producing 438 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque. The 760 also has fuel injection technology enabling it to maximize power, torque, and perhaps more importantly these days, fuel economy.
It provides remarkably comfortable car, even at high speeds, as it experiences very little engine and wind noise. While not the most nimble of cars, it feels surprisingly agile for a car of this size.
Standard safety features for the 2006 BMW 7 Series include anti-lock brakes, active knee protection, stability control, side-impact airbags, and head-protective airbags for rear and front passengers.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 7 Series 750i: 15/23 mpg city/highway
BMW 7 Series 750 Li: 15/23 mpg city/highway
BMW 7 Series 760i: 13/20 mpg city/highway
BMW 7 Series 760Li: 13/20 mpg city/highway
- Luxurious interior
- Superior driving quality
- Safety features
You Won't Like
- Almost too much technology
An incredibly luxurious sedan with plenty of power.
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