BMW has released this brilliant clip to show the generation-by-generation evolution of the 7 Series lineup. It starts off from the original E23 from 1977, and goes on to morph into the 1986 E32, 1994 E38, 2001 E65, 2008 F01, to finally turn into the all-new G11/G12 7 Series.

It certainly makes for a very interesting viewing – even for non-BMW fans – seeing just how far the flagship sedan has changed through the years. The new-for-2015 G11/G12 is clearly the most advanced of the lot, which it decidedly needs to be to take on the latest W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

We’ll have to wait and see if it can match or even surpass the all-conquering S-Class. For now, though, let’s just focus on the way it looks compared to its predecessors. Tell us which one’s your favourite BMW 7 Series, and why. Let’s see how many Chris Bangle fans we have among us, shall we?