The fifth generation BMW 7 comes under scrutiny here.
Ah, the depths of my ignorance. Only a little bit of due diligence led me to discover that until the fifth generation 7er appeared in 2008, this line had McPherson struts at the front. BMW probably argued that if Lancia deemed Mackers good enough for the Trevi then they would suffice for their flagboat saloon.
Today I wish to examine not the pattery low speed ride nor the near silent interior, but the ashtrays of the 7. Before sitting in the car I had imagined that all ober-klasse cars had, as standard, proper ashtrays front and back. Things have changed since the last time I perched in a new top-shelf saloon.
However the 7 disappointed; BMW felt a non-smoker’s pack would be desirable. Imagine.
As you can see, despite the car’s ultimate driving machine appelation, the ashtray aperture holds a rubbery mat and a peculiar plastic dummy cigar lighter (parts bin standard?) Narrow describes the slot where perhaps three Villiger Exports might end up. Not ultimat.
This (below) illustrates the situation at the rear.
The position works well and you can only be pleased at the oily damped action of the lid.
Why did BMW’s ergonomists allow the stubbing grille end up being placed rearward? And where is the shining chrome ash tray insert?
The rest of the car can be called imposing and impressive in a corporate 5-star hotel kind of way. The V12 provides effortless and silent acceleration. At 160 kmph it feels like 100 kmph other than that the world is being reeled in at a very brisk pace. Further, even if this is not your cup of tea, almost nobody else make a car like this other than Audi and Mercedes. That’s quite an achievement.
Post-script: The 7 does continue BMW’s secret worship of the Trevi by dint of the creatively positioned interior door grabs which are unusually positioned and don’t look like door grabs.
[Text amended 10.55, June 27, 2017 to correct iL to Li.]