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 provides gutsy and effortless acceleration and a host of luxury and convenience features to suit heads of states. Nearly all the controls are easy to use once you figure out what they do. Safety items are state-of-the-art. Rear side air bags and an onboard navigation system are optional. A redesign is due for 2002.