One of the perennial players in the high-end luxury sedan segment, the 2011 BMW 7-Series is a bigger, better version of its former self, with styling that's fresher and more appealing to most. MotorAuthority rates the 2011 7-Series a 9 overall.
Space is the dominant sensation in the cabin of either the short-wheelbase or long-wheelbase version of the car. Excellent materials, a sensible, conservative design, and a bounty of technology and entertainment features mean the 7-Series will do just about everything you'd want it to--for work or for play.
The long-wheelbase car is chauffeur-worthy, but despite its ponderous length, it's still a car you'd want to drive as much as ride in. Handling is balanced and controlled, even communicative for such a large sedan. Performance is brisk with the twin-turbo V-8 model, and the V-12 is truly over-the-top. Even the inline six-cylinder models are peppy, if not potent.
Pricing can quickly move from the $72,000-plus price of entry into the $135,000 range with the right drivetrain and features choices, but from base to top, the 7-Series range competes on even ground with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar XJ, and Audi A8, among others.
For the full review, including a detailed look at comfort, quality, features, styling, performance, and safety, head over to the 2011 7-Series at TheCarConnection.