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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.


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