Price (as tested) 💲: $149,045
Powertrain ⚙️: 4.4-liter Twin-turbocharged V8
Output 💪: 536 hp/553 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 8-Speed Automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 4.2 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 155 mph
MPG (as tested) ⛽️: 18 city/26 hwy/21 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 5,095 lbs


The new 7 Series is a vision of BMW’s future.

The driver’s car roots are here, as are some nods to ancestry (that profile brings in some fantastic E38 elements), but the brand’s conservative styling and adornments are gone.

The 7 isn’t the first Bimmer to go bold, but as the flagship vehicle, its aesthetic confirms a design direction. If you aren’t on board with the look, the good news is that A) darker colors subdue it and (B) everything else about the car is pretty spectacular.

BMW is clearly pushing for S-Class market share in a way it hasn’t before. “Luxury” and “tech” are the buzz words Mercedes-Benz want to ring in shopper ears, and those are precisely the ones that came to mind after my first drive.

The dynamics are still good – better than rivals – but they’re not the marching orders, clearly. When those fall off, I’ll take issue, but for now, they can share a spotlight with the impressive features, ride quality, and safety enhancements.

Join Miles in the 2023 BMW 760i xDrive in Mineral White Metallic with all Amarone Full Merino Leather as he shares his expert driving impressions.