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Main article: BMW E65/E66/E67/E68
Engine(s) 4.4 L 325 hp (242 kW) V8
4.8 L 360 hp (270 kW) V8
6.0 L 438 hp (327 kW) V12
4.4 L 500 hp (370 kW) V8
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,990 mm (117.7 in) (SWB)
3,129 mm (123.2 in) (LWB)
Length 5,029 mm (198.0 in) (2002-05 E65)
5,169 mm (203.5 in) (2002-05 E66)
5,039 mm (198.4 in) (2006-present E65)
5,179 mm (203.9 in) (2006-present E66)
Width 1,902 mm (74.9 in)
Height 1,491 mm (58.7 in)
1,483 mm (58.4 in) (2006-present LWB)
1,476 mm (58.1 in) (Alpina B7)
The 4th generation was available on four different platforms: the standard-wheelbase E65 (2990 mm, 118 in), the extended-wheelbase E66 (3130 mm, 123 in), the High Security version E67 and the hydrogen powered version E68. It dropped the manual transmission entirely.
The E65/E66/E67/E68 7 Series featured BMW's first of a kind iDrive system, consisting of a video screen in the dashboard and a controller mounted on the center console that is used in a similar way to a computer mouse. Using a system of eight menus, most of the car's climate, audio, navigation, suspension and communication settings are controlled via iDrive. However, the system has been criticized by many automotive writers as being too complex and not intuitive enough.
"Active" Seat continuous passive motion technology was made standard equipment on the 750/760 models and included in the Luxury Seating Package with heated and ventilated seats for driver and front passenger on the 745 models.
The car was available in thirteen variants—of those, 11 are now in production and on sale in Europe, with five available in the U.S. since diesel models are not available there.