It's amazing how a few visual tweaks can totally change the character of a vehicle. Whereas our Four Seasons 7-series is an old world Q-ship with its beige paint and smallish eighteen-inch wheels (yes, I just called eighteen-inch wheels "smallish" - welcome to 2010), this particular model looks like a taut four-door sports car. M-sport twenty-inch wheels visually shrink the body, while the gunmetal gray paint brings out the 7's high-tech, modern side. I also prefer this model's darker interior, as it again hides the car's girth.
Otherwise, this 7 feels much like our beloved Four Seasons car. We might have appreciated this model's all-wheel-drive a few weeks ago, but with the snow and ice all but gone, it was hard to detect any difference. I did notice a bit better feel of the road through the M-sport steering wheel, likely another benefit of those bigger wheels and accompanying low-profile tires. The 4.4-liter V-8 still feels a bit sluggish off the line but is more than capable once you're rolling.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor