BMW 7 Series (745i, 1983)
As though the E30 M3 wasn’t old enough, we had the exclusive opportunity to drive the 7 Series beginnings; the BMW 745i, the offering that BMW introduced to shake-up the luxury sedan market. Not only was it designed to chauffeur its occupants in great comfort and space, the BMW 745i also became a first for the Bavarian auto manufacturer to introduce state-of-the-art indicators and technology, such as servicing intervals, fault indicators and climate control systems, something which was a rarity for vehicles of its time.
Mated to a turbocharged, inline six motor and to an automatic, fourspeed transmission, the 745i was the performance gem amongst its peers. Despite its luxurious finishing of wood trimmings and plush, bolstered seats, the 745i’s force-fed inline-six was a brute at 2,800rpms, leaping very quickly on main straights, stunning senses and rewriting my history books of how olden long-wheel based sedans should feel. However, when driven within typical city limits, the 745i has the demeanour of a suited gentleman; calm, collected and confident. Given that the return leg was the BMW Classics museum back in Munich, the 745i had no qualms in tackling slow, rolling traffic and trotted along like the deserving marquee it should be.
From this, it is easy to see why BMW has always chosen the 7 Series as the pinnacle of technology; any modern update is typically introduced to the 7 Series, before gradually dissipating to its other models, such as the 5 and 3 Series.