Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW 7 SERIES VS 2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW 7 SERIES

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2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Safety Comparison

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The 7 Series’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Ghost doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The 7 Series offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ghost offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The 7 Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Ghost doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

To help make backing safer, the 7 Series’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Ghost doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The 7 Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Ghost doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 7 Series and the Ghost have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The 7 Series’ corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Ghost’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are over 13 times as many BMW dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 7 Series’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Car and Driver the 750i is faster than the Rolls-Royce Ghost:

7 Series

Ghost

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.1 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

154 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 740e gets better fuel mileage than the Ghost:

7 Series

Ghost

Full Charge

62 city/68 hwy MPGe

n/a

Gasoline

25 city/29 hwy

13 city/21 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the 7 Series gets better fuel mileage than the Ghost:

7 Series

Ghost

RWD

740i/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

n/a

750i/Auto

17 city/26 hwy

13 city/21 hwy

V8/Auto

AWD

740i/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

n/a

750i/Auto

16 city/25 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 7 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Ghost doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 7 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Ghost doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The 7 Series stops shorter than the Ghost:

7 Series

Ghost

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 7 Series offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Ghost’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 7 Series offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Ghost doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 7 Series offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Rolls-Royce doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Ghost.

The 750i xDrive handles at .88 G’s, while the Ghost pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 750i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ghost (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 740i’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s (42 feet vs. 45.9 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW 7 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1300 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The 7 Series is 1 foot shorter than the Ghost Extended Wheelbase, making the 7 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW 7 Series amounts to more than styling. The 7 Series has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Ghost (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 7 Series get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 7 Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Ghost has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the 7 Series uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Ghost doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 750i xDrive is quieter than the Ghost (38 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 7 Series has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ghost (114 vs. 111).

The 7 Series has 2.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ghost.

Ergonomics Comparison

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On extremely cold Winter days, the 7 Series’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ghost doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The 7 Series’ optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Ghost doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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