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Extended Wheelbase L7

From 1997 to 2001 BMW offered the extended wheelbase L7, also known as the 705iXL. Based on the 705iL, it featured an extra 25cm after the B pillar and was “the first BMW tailored especially for the requirements of the rear seat passengers.”Template:cite book Some of the convenience and productivity options available for rear occupants included television, VHS player, fax machine, icebox, telephone, writing desk and folding hardwood tables. A glass divider between the front and rear seats was available, as well as a choice of four or 5-seat configuration.

Not to be confused with the BMW E23 L7 which was a regular-wheelbase high-spec edition for the North American market, the E38 L7 was not sold in Canada or the United States. Over the five-year run of the E38 L7 only 899 examples were built. At 5.37 metres it remains the longest factory-built BMW to date.

Year LHD RHD Total
1996 8 0 8
1997 244 21 265
1998 early 177 12 189
1998 late 118 6 124
1999 93 5 98
2000 90 23 113
2001 98 4 102
Totals 828 71 899
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