2007 BMW 760 Review
Complicated, but still the Ultimate Driving Machine.
The BMW 7 Series is one of the finest sedans in the world: remarkably smooth, quiet and roomy. Its interior is impeccably finished. It offers extraordinary handling with a magic carpet ride. The six-speed automatic transmission is one of the best in autodom, and both the V8 and V12 engines are silky smooth and impressively powerful. The layers of technology can seem more like a hindrance than a help, however, and the interface between driver and machine can be complex and demanding. At best it's cumbersome, and at worst it's overwhelming.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard reported from Sacramento, California, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles and San Antonio.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||BMW 750i ($75,000); 750Li ($78,100); 760Li ($121,400)|
|Engines:||4.8-liter dual overhead cam 32-valve V8 with variable valve timing|
|Transmissions:||six-speed automatic with Steptronic|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||front-impact airbags, front knee airbags, front occupant side-impact airbags, full cabin curtain-style head protection airbags, anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Dynamic Brake Control and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control, Dynamic Stability Control, BMW Assist emergency communication with four-year subscription|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||rear occupant side-impact airbags|
|Basic Warranty:||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Dingolfing, Germany|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||BMW 750Li ($78,100)|
|Standard Equipment:||dual-zone automatic climate control with micro-filter ventilation and automatic recirculation, leather upholstery with micro-perforated seating surfaces, matte-finish walnut trim, iDrive system with integrated GPS navigation, climate and audio controls with voice activation, power tilt/telescope steering wheel with programmable cruise, audio and phone controls, front seats with 20-way power adjustment, articulated upper backrests and position memory, power moonroof, AM/FM stereo with 10 speakers, subwoofers and single CD player, keyless entry, auto-dimming, folding outside mirrors with right-side tilt-down for reverse, universal garage door opener, glovebox-mounted rechargeable flashlight, climate-controlled front console compartment|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||Adaptive Ride Package ($1,900) with self-leveling rear suspension and electronic shock damping; Convenience Package ($1,000) with soft-close automatic doors and power trunk-lid operation; Rear Comfort Seats ($3,500) with 14-way power adjustment, electric heating and active ventilation; Premium Sound Package ($1,800) with 13 speakers, digital processing and in-dash six-CD changer; Rear Entertainment Package ($2,200) with video monitor, iDrive controller and trunk-mounted six-DVD changer; HD radio ($500); Sirius satellite radio ($595); power rear sunshade ($750); 19-inch alloy wheels ($1300)|
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|Price as tested (MSRP)||92340|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||360 @ 6300|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||360 @ 3400|
|Transmission:||six-speed automatic with Steptronic|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||17/25|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||39.2/N/A/41.3|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||38.5/N/A/43.4|
|Suspension, f:||independent strut-type with coil springs, electronically variable damping and Active Roll Stabilization|
|Suspension, r:||independent four-link with air springs and Active Roll Stabilization|
|Tires:||245/45WR19 / 275/40WR19|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Dynamic Brake Control|
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