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2016 BMW 7 Series Takes on Mercedes-Benz S-Class on Head 2 Head

Can the newcomer topple the reigning champ?

Alex Nishimoto
Aug 25, 2016

For years, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the gold standard of luxury flagship sedans. There have been many attempts to usurp the luxury king, but the S-Class has always come out on top. The sixth-generation BMW 7 Series is the latest to challenge the Mercedes for its throne, and hosts Jonny Lieberman and Jason Cammisa find out if it has a chance on this episode of "Head 2 Head."

The comparison begins with a "Grease"-style drag race along the L.A. river. The BMW 750i xDrive is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 making 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, while the S550 4Matic makes 449 hp and 516 lb-ft from it twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8. Despite the S-Class' power advantage, the BMW emerges the victor, but both hosts admit that luxury flagship customers don't care about quarter-mile times. So Lieberman and Cammisa hit the streets to evaluate the things buyers do care about.

2018 BMW 7-Series
$83,100 Base Model (MSRP) 21/29 MPG Fuel Economy

Those things include interior design, comfort, ride quality, and convenience features, among other things. Both cars score high in these areas, but there's a very clear winner by the end. Find out which luxury cruiser reigns supreme in the episode below.

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