Summary, Prices, Specs

By November 28, 2012

Summary

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.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:BMW 740i ($73,300); 740Li ($77,300); 740Li xDrive ($80,300); 750i ($86,300); 750i xDrive ($89,300); 750Li ($90,000); 750Li xDrive ($93,000); 760Li ($140,200); ActiveHybrid 7 L ($84,000); Alpina B7 ($127,600); Alpina B7 xDrive ($130,600); Alpina B7 LWB ($131,500); Alpina B7 xDrive LWB ($134,500)
Engines:315-hp 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-6; 445-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8; 349-hp 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged I6 hybrid; 550-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8; 535-hp 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmissions:8-speed Steptronic automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Dingolfing, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):BMW 750Li ($90,000)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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
Destination charge:$895
Gas guzzler tax:1300
Price as tested (MSPR):$98895
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:4.4-liter dohc 32v twin-turbo V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):445 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):480 @ 2000-4500
Transmission:8-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:17/25 mpg
Wheelbase:126.4 in.
Length/width/height:205.3/74.9/58.3 in.
Track, f/r:63.4/65.0 in.
Turning circle:41.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.8/na/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.9/na/44.3 in.
Cargo volume:17.7 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbone, coil springs, adaptive dampers
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link with vertical link, coil springs, adaptive dampers
Ground clearance:6.0 in.
Curb weigth:4660 lbs.
Tires:P245/45VR19 all-season
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Standby, Brake Drying
Fuel capacity:21.1 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of November 28, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-831-1117 - www.bmwusa.com