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BMW 7-series: Test Drive

Date: 06 August 2008   |   Author: Tom Webster

Category: Luxury
P11D price: £66,450
Key rival: Audi A8

BMW's new 7-series doesn't go on sale until November and isn't available to drive until September. So when BMW offered us a drive in a pre-production version of its new flagship saloon we jumped at the chance.

Rather than the extreme design change witnessed with the current 7-series, the exterior has this time been tweaked rather than overhauled. The big changes, however, come under the bonnet and in the form of new technology.

The 407PS 4.4-litre V8, the only version available at the exclusive preview event, is new to the 7-series, having made its debut on the recently launched X6. It is a powerful and responsive unit limited to 155mph and takes just 5.2secs to reach 62mph.

Despite this brute force, it is manageable at low speeds, while a highly competent six-speed auto means the power arrives in an instant when requested. The eight cylinders mean it sounds great in the process too.

The Dynamic Driving Control system is now...