The BMW 7 Series is the ultimate driving machine among big luxury sedans. It offers impressive performance from its brilliant engines and new 8-speed automatic transmission. Its cornering balance is impeccable, given the car's weight, and its ride is flawless. A driver can easily tune damper stiffness, throttle response, steering response and transmission response. The deal breaker might be that BMW tries too hard for ultimate electronics, introducing a myriad of inconveniences along with the attempted conveniences and safety warnings.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses reported on the BMW 7 Series after his test drives in Northern California, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and the Northwest's Columbia River Gorge; with J.P. Vettraino reporting from Detroit; Kirk Bell in Chicago.
dual-stage front-impact airbags; front passenger side-impact airbags; full cabin curtain-style head protection airbags; front knee airbags; active front head restraints; tire-pressure monitor; traction control; Dynamic Stability Control skid-management; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features; Adaptive Brake Lights; Park Distance Control obstacle sensors
Safety equipment (optional):
Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection, Driver Assistance Package with self-dimming headlights, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, and rear-, top- and side-view cameras; all-wheel drive
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
BMW 750Li ($90,000)
Nappa leather upholstery; wood trim; four-zone automatic climate control with sun sensor and micron filtration; heated Multi-Contour 20-way power front seats with memory; 600-watt, 16-speaker stereo with 9-channel amplifier and USB port; navigation system with programmable hard drive and real-time traffic reporting; power tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; Bluetooth connectivity; power glass sunroof; power door locks; one-touch power windows; power retractable auto-dimming side mirrors with tilt-down backup aid; keyless access and starting; four 12-volt power points; Xenon Adaptive self-leveling headlights with cornering lights; halogen foglights; BMW Assist telematics service; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; rain-sensing wipers; theft-deterrent system; adjustable suspension; power closing doors and trunklid; P245/45R19 tires on alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Luxury Seating Package ($2,000) includes active seat for driver, ventilated front seats, and power rear sunshade, manual side sunshades; Leather-covered Instrument Panel ($1,200); Driver Assistance Package ($3,500) includes automatic high beams, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, side- and top-view cameras, head-up display
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
4.4-liter dohc 32v twin-turbo V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
445 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
480 @ 2000-4500
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
17.7 cu. ft.
independent, double wishbone, coil springs, adaptive dampers
independent, multi-link with vertical link, coil springs, adaptive dampers
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Standby, Brake Drying
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 25, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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