With almost arrogant disregard for critics, for part two of the current 7 Series, BMW has gone and planted on its nose that enormous pair of kidneys first seen on the X7.

The height of the bonnet line has increased by 50mm while slim BMW Laserlights with a night time high-beam range of up to 560 metres also appear. Undoubtedly prominent and sparkly on approach, I feel the now upright bonnet makes out a silhouette that’s a touch disjointed, but that blocky front section hides a 6.6l V12 heart...

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