The 2012 BMW 740i ($71,000) and 740Li ($75,500) use BMW's turbocharged 315-horsepower 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Li wheelbase is five and a half inches longer, translating to an equal increase in rear-seat legroom. All 7 Series models come loaded with standard equipment.
The 740i starts with leather upholstery; power tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; cruise control; four-zone automatic climate control; interior air filter; hard-drive-based navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic information and space for music storage; BMW Assist telematics service; power front seats with memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel; power windows and locks; power retractable auto-dimming side mirrors with tilt-down backup aid; remote keyless entry; sunroof; 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/HD stereo; auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; rain-sensing wipers; automatic adaptive Xenon headlights; fog lights; theft-deterrent system; adjustable suspension; and P245/50R18 run-flat tires on alloy wheels. New for 2012 are an iPod/USB adapter, sport steering wheel and rear-view camera. The 740Li adds to that heated front seats, illuminated rear visor mirrors, and a load-leveling suspension.
The BMW 750i ($84,300), 750Li ($88,200), 750i xDrive ($87,300) and 750Li xDrive ($91,200) are powered by a 400-horsepower, 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, again matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. To the above, they add heated Multi-Contour 20-way power adjustable front bucket seats; keyless access and starting; and power closing doors and trunklid. For 2012, wheels and tires now upgrade to 245/45R19; and a 600-watt, 16-speaker stereo with 9-channel amplifier is now standard. The xDrive models come with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive.
The BMW 760Li ($137,300) gets V12 power and an 8-speed automatic with manual shift capability; plus Blind Spot Alert; Lane Departure Warning; heated steering wheel; rear-, top- and side-view camera; massaging and ventilated front seats; power adjustable heated and ventilated rear seats; 6CD changer; Sirius Satellite Radio; Head-Up Display; self-dimming headlights; Active Roll Stabilization suspension; Integral Active Steering; load-leveling rear air suspension; and P245/45R19 front and P275/40R19 rear tires.
The ActiveHybrid 750i ($97,000) and 750Li ($101,000) use the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 from the 750i mated with an electric motor and the 8-speed automatic transmission. For 2012, the ActiveHybrid is equipped more like the standard 750i/750iL. It still adds a trunk pass-through with ski sack.
The Alpina B7 is offered in short- or long-wheelbase versions with rear-wheel- or all-wheel drive. Prices range from $122,600 to $129,500. Prepared by tuner Alpina, the B7 is essentially an M version of the 7. For performance, it adds a 500-horsepower version of the 4.4-liter turbocharged V8, Active Roll Stabilization, and P245/35R21 front and P285/30R21 rear tires. It also gets luxury amenities, including a massaging driver's seat, ventilated front seats, ski sack, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the Head-Up Display. The long-wheelbase version also gets a power rear sunshade, manual side sunshades, illuminated rear visor mirrors, and the load-leveling suspension.
Even with such a long list of standard equipment, the 7 Series models offer more options and packages than we have room to list. A few examples: An M Sport Package for six-cylinder ($4,500) or V8 ($3,200) models adds a black headliner, lift-reducing aerodynamic kit, Shadowline trim, and high-performance tires sized 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear. The same package is also available ($5,800/$4,500) with 245/40 R20 front and 275/35R20 tires on 20-inch wheels. A Luxury Rear Seating Package for long-wheelbase models ($3,700) adds power heated, ventilated and massaging rear seats. A Driver Assistance Package ($3,500) comprises self-dimming headlights, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection; Head-Up Display; and rear-, top- and side-view cameras. A massaging rear seat ($200) for the 760iL; dual-screen rear DVD entertainment with a 6-disc DVD changer; Active Roll Stabilization ($2,000); Integral Active Steering ($1,750); and infrared Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection ($2,600) are just a few of the stand-alones offered.
BMW's Advanced Safety System comes on all 7 Series models, including multi-stage front airbags with occupant sensors, front knee airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags and front and rear side curtain head-protection airbags. Active safety features include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Brake Control, featuring Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Brake Assist, and Active Brake Lights. Also standard are front and rear park assist, a tire-pressure monitor, and active front head restraints. All-wheel drive is optional.