BMW called the 2006-model-year changes to its flagship 7 Series sedan a freshening rather than a redesign. Those revisions emphasized engineering and technical details, design refinements and ever-greater luxury features. Two wheelbases are available: regular length, called the 750i; and extended length, named the 750Li.
Design revisions included a new power dome hood and a modified twin-kidney grille. Rear track width increased, and interiors gained American Walnut wood trim.
New standard features for 2007 750 sedans include power-folding exterior mirrors and heated front Comfort seats. BMW Individual-appointed 7 Series models include special leather and interior trim, an Alcantara suede headliner, 20-inch wheels and illuminated doorsills.
BMW's regular-length 750i sedan is built on a 117.7-inch wheelbase, versus a 123.2-inch version on the extended-length 750Li sedan. In addition to the reshaped hood, the 750 last year gained reshaped rocker panels with pronounced ridges, fresh lighting clusters, and a reworked front bumper and spoiler. The extended-wheelbase 750Li sedan has a chrome roof molding.
The trunk lid, taillamp clusters, rear bumper and spoiler were modified, too. The rear bumper's wraparound portion tucked in more noticeably than before, and the taillamps wrap into the reshaped trunk lid. All models have chrome trim on the bumpers.
Up to five occupants can fit easily inside the 750i, and passengers in the backseat of the 750Li got more legroom with the last round of freshenings.
Detail trim elements have a metallic look. A flat-tire warning and a 10-speaker audio system are standard. The Adaptive Ride Package includes Electronic Damping Control and a self-leveling rear air suspension.
Under the Hood
The 750's 4.8-liter V-8 develops 360 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 360 pounds-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. The six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission has its selector positioned just ahead of the steering-wheel rim. A steering-wheel button selects Drive, Sport or Manual shift mode. Shift buttons at the front and back of the steering wheel can be used to execute manual gear changes.
BMW's inflatable tubular Head Protection System includes first- and second-row side curtain airbags. Front-seat side-impact airbags are installed, and rear side-impact airbags are optional. Active Knee Protection is standard. Active Cruise Control that uses a radar sensor is optional.