Building an impeccable sport sedan or a flawless luxury flagship is nothing short of a herculean task for any automaker. Perhaps it's all the more amazing, then, that BMW can build both within a single vehicle -- the 7-series -- without breaking a sweat.
The 750i can float and smoothly cruise like a genteel luxo-barge, but with the touch of a few buttons, it's more than happy to be driven more aggressively. Although the twelve-cylinder 760i and 760Li represent the zenith of the 7-series, I see nothing wrong with the twin-turbo V-8 used in the 750i -- at least not in short-wheelbase form. Once the turbos spool, this engine is more than happy to pull you, your companions, and your cargo to autobahn-friendly speeds.
BMW allows buyers to build a 7-series exactly to their tastes, and I'd lobby long and hard for springing for the $6500 M Sport package. So equipped, active roll stabilization helps the 7 handle like a much smaller vehicle, and the body kit, larger wheels, anthracite headliner, and thicker leather-wrapped steering wheel go a long way to dress the car up both inside and out.