In the first of a series of attacks on the luxury market, BMW is aiming to bust your bank balance with the launch of its flagship range of sedans and SUVs in India. While the 7 series has always been the pinnacle of the Munich brand’s offensive, it has now been joined by its evil twin, the X7, which wants to take over the world, and maybe even Mars with its 7-seater off-road configuration. As usual, the tech has been taken to new heights starting with the face itself - laser headlights greet you from a significant distance and as it approaches closer, the massive new kidney-grille ensures there’s no mistaking the new siblings for a Reva. BMW’s famed iDrive control system gets upgraded to v7.0, with gesture, voice and handwriting recognition aiding in inputs. A 460W, 16-speaker Harman Kardon hi-fi is standard but can be upgraded to the optional Bowers & Wilkins system while the acoustically glazed glass area ensures Bach doesn’t end up sounding like Beiber. Both body styles get a variety of engines, including a plug-in hybrid on the 745Le xDrive that can be driven up to 53kms on battery power alone. The other spectrum consists of the mental V12-powered M760Li xDrive that churns out a massive 850Nm of torque and more than 600bhp, if you’re ever trying to catch up with your private jet. Needless to say, this potent blend of power, luxury and high-tech doesn’t come cheap. The X7 starts at ₹98.2lacs and 7 series from ₹1.22cr but it sounds like it should be money well spent to go places very rapidly.
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