When it comes to appreciating the modern motor there are two types of audience to appeal to. Flashy concepts and revitalised classics will tick a lot of boxes for self-confessed petrol heads, but for some it’s all about the interior – how much time do you really spend admiring a car from the outside anyway? Jaguar has some recent form in this area and now BMW is here with a new flagship sedan that, while perfectly appreciable in terms of outward design, is really all about what happens behind closed doors.
The sixth generation 7-series is packed to the gills with fancy gadgets. It kicks things off with gesture controls to manage anything from phone calls to the radio, has a built-in wireless hotspot, inductive phone charging, USB ports and tablet-style screens with HDMI ports and built in DVD players.
And then there’s the tech that actually helps with your driving – traffic jam assist, for example, which keeps the car in lane and at a safe distance so you can carry on trying to work out the gesture controls in peace, and blind spot correction that’ll nudge you to safety if you’re veering into someone’s path. And then there’s comfort. Heated armrests, reclining rear seats with footrests, LED lighting, massage seats, a panoramic moon roof and a fragrance system with a choice of scents.
In fact there’s enough tech in here to not even baulk at the asking price of $81.300, because we’d be more than happy to sell our home to live in one anyway.