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Review: 2016 BMW 750i xDrive

The 2016 BMW 750i xDrive offers extreme refinement in the most luxurious automotive segment on Earth.

There are a few cars that produce seamless speed and comfort with just a whisper of the notion you’re actually in a car: Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Maybachs, and arguably now, the BMW 7 Series. It’s somewhat faux pas for BMW to call the new 750i xDrive “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” at least within the same range as the M cars, because it’s really not. It’s different than that. It’s a carbon-cored limousine disguised as a tarmac-eating wolf. It’s one of those cars that impress people from all walks of life.

 

Any car, which has an “extra comfortable” setting, is ultimately in a league of its own. It’s these words that prove the vast reach of its abiding comfort, the supreme extension of a luxury so great it’s that much further from the original. You may not be extra comfortable in every day life, but this 750i is. The 750i has so much new technology that when you have passengers, they’re a bit befuddled that cars “can [now] do that.” The 750i is BMW’s platform for testing new technologies and new specifications—for testing the future.

 

Turning to the knowledge learned from their i automobiles; BMW constructed a ‘carbon core’ for the new 7 Series. Made of carbon fiber, aluminum, and high-strength steel, the 750i adds safety, stiffness, reduces weight, and increases performance. This combined with their 8-speed automatic and a lively 4.4-liter twin turbo engine means performance is quite staggering.

 

Because of the complete luxury experience, the “seat of the pants” feel—especially in the rear seats—verges on subtlety, rather than crushing performance like their M cars.

 

Equipped with the optional ‘Executive Lounge Seating’ for rear occupants, the 750i transforms into something very special, and very comfortable. Basically the pinnacle of comfort, the package turns the seats into a reclining, massaging, entertainment mecca devoid of unpleasantries like upright seating, and lack of climate controlled specifications for each passenger who is lucky to take a seat. Aside from the endless fine types of wool carpets and hide selections from Bentley and Rolls-Royce, this BMW is one of the finest automobiles for being karted around in.

 

From the driver’s seat, the 750i is still a fun ride to toss around. And by toss, we mean disregard the general population and rocket past them. With the endless torque from the turbocharged motor and a double-wishbone front suspension equipped with Dynamic Damper Control, bumps, subdivisions, and anything other than a boulder is gently dealt with in the most proper and civilized manner. The sensation of speeds are nonexistent, and we dreamt of hitting the autobahn in the 750i.

 

While the 750i does have faults: gesture control is very hit or miss. It’s not there yet in terms of being seamless and functional on a consistent basis, i.e. we couldn’t get it to work accurately and reliably. Another thing, BMW’s climate control (across the board) isn’t fully automatic when pushed. You can still control the fan speed, which to us seems a bit of a step backwards. However, this is extremely nitpicky, but we’d expect this car to do almost everything for us.

 

For 99-percent of the 1-percent, the BMW 7 Series is the most futuristic and comfortable luxury sedan in the world. Performance, technology, and craftsmanship are on par with almost every luxury brand in existence, and what’s almost better is you can stay incognito as opposed to something from the British brands. Being anonymous is the real luxury, and the 7 Series is as stealthy as they come.

 

2016 BMW 750i xDrive Specifications:

 

Efficiency:      16/25/N.A. mpg (city/highway/combined)

0-60 MPH:     4.3 seconds

Top Speed:     130 mph (limited)

Horsepower:   445 horsepower @5,500-6,000 rpm

Torque:           480 lb.-ft. @1,800-4,500 rpm

Cost:               $97,400 (base)/$129,245 (as tested)


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