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There is no sweeter reward in life than vindication, which is why BMW's styling guru Chris Bangle must now be sporting a smile wider than the Mississippi river. Known as the father of the 7 Series, Bangle's critics delivered him a horrible thumping after the car's unveiling, yet the same bulbous curves and distinctive bustle trunk that so offended four years ago have unexpectedly shown up on such stalwart vehicles as the new Toyota Camry and Lexus LS 470. Vindication indeed! For its part, the 7 Series continues to serve as the BWM flagship and offers unparalleled levels of luxury, interior space and overall performance. Available with a choice of a V8 or V12 engine, the 7's appeal grows stronger as its once controversial design becomes the new norm.