ABS standard. Front side air bags standard, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2000.
The world's premier luxury sedans are the competition for BMW's rear-wheel-drive 7-Series. Both long- and short-wheelbase versions are available. The short-wheelbase 740i handles superbly for its size, especially with the sport package. The 4.4-liter V8 is smooth and powerful. The V12 in the 750iL feels effortless. Nearly all the controls are easy to use once you figure out what they do. Safety items include dual-stage front air bags, side and head-level air bags, and a stability system that helps prevent sideway skids. Rear side air bags and an onboard navigation system are optional.