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.