ABS standard. Front side air bags standard, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2000.
Powertrain upgrades, safety features, and ergonomic innovations highlight the new 745i, which arrived in January. The car features a 4.4-liter, 325-hp V8, as well as the world's first six-speed automatic transmission. An active suspension system is said to abet handling by reducing body lean in corners. In addition to the usual complement of safety equipment, the 745i has knee-protection bags for front-seat passengers and a restraint system whose response depends on the severity of an accident. Inside, BMW's dial-operated "iDrive" control system replaces the profusion of buttons on the dashboard of the previous model.