2016 BMW 7 Series Brings Remote Parking, Gesture Control, And More Tech Than Ever


BMW’s sixth-generation 7 Series received its official reveal, bringing along a host of new tech that makes it look like it came straight out of a 007 movie. Well, minus the weapons, of course. Simply put, if you like your car with a focus on tech rather than pure horsepower, this is the ride you want to have sitting in the garage.

No, it won’t drive itself yet, but like many new high-end cars, it can park autonomously. Except, on this one, you can do the parking remotely, so you can actually get out of the car and watch it park while you begin to walk to wherever you’re going. And while self-driving isn’t an option, it offers a lot of other automation, such as a dynamic cruise mode with full stop and start, as well as a traffic jam assist function (it maneuvers the car during heavy traffic).


Remember that phone-like car key that comes with the i8? The BMW 7 Series gets that as an option, too, allowing you to control various car functions remotely, such as activating the climate control well before you get to it. The new iDrive infotainment system gets both touchscreen and gesture support, with the latter allowing you to interact with the system using simple waving gestures. Other notable new tech include a self-leveling air suspension, laser headlights, heated armrests, active grille shutters, and plenty of innovations for backseat passengers to ensure comfort during chauffeured rides.


A full 190 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the vehicle features a new internal structure called Carbon Core, which uses a mix of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, aluminum, and high-tensile steel for the major structural components. And while it’s lighter, it’s also bigger and roomier, making it the largest sedan the company has ever built to date. Two engine options are available: a 320-horsepower V6 and a 445-horsepower V8.

The 2016 BMW 7 Series hits dealers this autumn, with prices starting at $81,400.




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5 Responses

  1. Nat

    this is a beautiful car all around! BMW’s are made so well, and last forever. i used to sell cars, and always loved driving around in the 328xi’s and the z series were OK, but a little small. this model is much more luxury and respectably sized. the fact that it has a remote parking gesture control is pretty incredible. the interior is so beautifully done with the leather. the touch-screen technology is crazy inside of this badboy! i like how you can watch it park itself and don’t even have to be inside of it while doing so. honestly, i am curious to see how it lines itself up with a curb or other platform and assesses what an appropriate way to park would be. i find it hard to believe that it can parallel park on its own, so i definitely have to go look up the test-videos on this one.

  2. frank

    the 7-series are by far the most luxurious models! i love them especially because I’m such a big guy, 6″5. there seems to be plenty of space for family and personal-belongings. i love how dynamic the front of this BMW looks! its very modern, and i definitely would consider it to be an investment worthwhile. just think, it costs over (3) of these BMW’s for some two-door convertible lamborghini that probably doesn’t even have half of the features as this. can the Lambo self-park? no of course not. BMW is always striving towards the newest technology and the, in my opinion, most high standards for craftsmanship both on the interior and exterior of all of their vehicles.

    • Kelly

      You’re right. I mean, who drives a lambo anyway? haha. I would much rather have three BMWs than one Lamborghini.

  3. Kelly

    I’ve had my eye on a used BMW at the car lot. The price is less than four grand. It looks in great shape. When I look at this BMW 7 series I kinda get chills. I am not ready for this car technology – especially remote controls. Remote controls are good for the little RC race cars, but I’m not very enthusiastic about these big machines having a mind of their own.

  4. Karl

    i think BMW’s are made so much better, and way nicer than Mercedes! this vehicle is so sexy, and you can tell it’s super comfortable to sit and drive in–probably more comfortable than my own bed! i love the sleek look of it, and the auto-park feature is amazing!! i would just go with the V6 model to save gas, since it’s not that much of a different in HP up to the V8 model. besides, if you’re going it up and giving her a little energy in the RPM’s i imagine it’d be kind of a similar driving experience anyway. that’s pretty neat that the key FAB has such connectivity to the car. but does it actually have a camera-like visual device so you can see how the cars doing with the parking visually or sensor wise, or maybe even command it to STOP if necessary? how does this beamer respond if an obstacle appears at the last minute like a child, ball, etc.??


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