Great review: 2016 BMW 750Li xDrive
2016 BMW 750Li, the sports car among sedans prestigious
BMW has released the first official images of the sixth-generation 7-Series last summer in the month of June. In anticipation of this event on the Internet and then there were spy photos of the seventh model, which frankly very few people hooked. As time passed, come opening day, the car was revealed. And again have the strong feeling that BMW went wrong design path that was dreamt of by most fans. Maybe we will get used to sljubitsja? Perhaps this formula would be ideally suited to the new generation of the seventh series.
A year has passed, prestige sedan really become familiar on the covers of magazines, the photos on the Internet and on those rare occasions when you meet him on the street.
But in our today’s review hit is not an easy BMW, and a top version of the 2016 BMW 7 Series 750Li xDrive. Above only the stars and the final version of the BMW, the release of which was held recently, with the V12 760i.
Where did the BMW 7 Series…
First, let’s delve into the history of the 7 Series. The first in the world history of the BMW 7-Series was launched in 1977. Since then, the Bavarian brand managed to sell over 1.6 million units over the ensuing decades. The previous generation of BMW’s flagship sedan was sold in amount of approximately 370.000 units, which is a significant indicator.
With the development of the “Sevens” and BMW began to offer more and more options of tuning and other various improvements, enabling buyers to create a unique car. Some of the solutions initially introduced with the flagship moved to the other models in the range. It became the custom that the leader has become a test platform for the most advanced and important updates and demonstrations of new technologies. Each generation and facelifted version of 7 Series offered the latest systems and functions that began later be applied across the model range.
For example, second generation (E32) became the world’s first car that offered a set of halogen headlights. In addition, the second generation was the first BMW with the function of the traction control system. The third generation of the flagship BMW became the first European car available with integrated satellite navigation system. The fourth generation was the first BMW that could be purchased in a hydrogen version. It was also the first BMW model on which the system was installed iDrive. Today nobody will be surprised her presence even the BMW 1-Series, but at launch it was a highly complex and controversial function.
BMW 7 Series previous generation also was the first model renowned company that has moved from the encoding using the letter “E” to “F”. And also became a pioneer in this model line, due to the fact that the front suspension was first used double wishbones. In addition to these new things, the iDrive system has also been improved and has got a touchpad.
Change in coding occurred in the last model. Now its symbol begins with the letter “G”, codenamed G11 and G12. The latest version refers to the model with extended base, the first corresponds to models with a standard variation of the length of the base.
What innovations have brought with them a new BMW 7 Series? First, it all starts with a brand new cluster architecture, a modular platform called 35up. Also this is the first BMW uses carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) chassis and bodywork.
The sixth generation of the flagship sedan from BMW has a plug and play air suspension on both axles, which first appeared on this model and made a serious improvement in comfort. New vehicles have also Electromechanical stabilisers to limit body roll.
Bavarian “the Seven” is a innovative car. Among the new technologies introduced in the lineup because of the 7-Series you can mention the first touch screen in the BMW, and the first in the automotive control system of gestures. The new BMW is also available built-in fitness system with back massage (massage chairs), wireless charging, touch and keyfob system that allows the driver to Park the car using the keyfob. The cruise control allows you to control a new 7-th Series almost autonomously on highways at speeds up to 210 km/h. Led headlights – standard but optional you can buy a new laser blocks.
As usual, the new generation flagship model BMW 7-Series showed its new look. New Seven has several elements that have never been used on BMW, for example – new lines running along the front fenders (you can see them, starting from the outer edge of the headlights). Present on the new flagship of the classic interpretation of the traditional lines of the company, such as bending Hoffmeister.
Some of the exterior elements G12 BMW 7 Series look hypertrophied. Take for example, the front filesresearch radiator, it is the largest of such items ever installed on this type of sedan. Echo him a huge tapered headlights. They made such massive in order not to disturb the proportions. The profile of the car, as other parts of a sedan that combines elegance and sportiness. The only element the usefulness of which we would leave open to question – the line at the bottom of the doors running from front wheel to end of rear door. She looks like a stylized hockey stick, not part of the design.
The rear part of the 7 -series also has a huge rear lights connected using the chrome element. The parts on which we have focused, are just some of the changes that have held the Bavarian brand in the flagship sedan.
At some angles, it looks better than an Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-class, but from other angles, the BMW 7 Series looks not as appealing as it could be. Like it or not, but future BMW models will be inspired by the design of the flagship, so will have to get used to the new corporate style, it seriously and permanently.
If the design of the sixth generation BMW 7-Series has not changed much, about the interior it’s hard to say.
It’s not just about the changes in digital devices, but in General the layout of the controls make the interior very similar to the current modern version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The dashboard looks monumental, the materials used to create the interior of the car, were chosen with great attention to detail. Most surfaces are soft to the touch, except for those items that should not show similar tactile sensations.
Nevertheless, the new 7-Series finally lost some inconsistencies with quality materials. The fact that the flagship sedan “shares” buttons and controls with their younger brothers and sisters, younger BMW models.
Nobody says it’s wrong to use the same style or shape of button for flagship sedan and hatchback entry level, but low quality plastic to the touch and the sight, depressing.
Assertive offensive of BMW in the high-tech stuffing did not go unnoticed. Not very technically advanced people will find it difficult to understand how to manage some of the advanced technical features of this car. In the back seat, the front seat backrests are mounted two conventional screen tablet based on Android is located in rear of center console, also there is present the remote control. The latter is a device that looks like a remote control for the TV, but in his functional elements of management system iDrive.
The tablet performs the same functions, but using the touch control. It’s a great system, if you are friends with modern electronic technology, but it still requires a period of adaptation for most users. The system is radically different from those systems that were used on other BMW and that automatically makes the previous generation obsolete. The rear seats also present a phone that is pretty traditional. On the phone is the BMW label, but by its appearance it resembles an enlarged version of the phone Nokia.
Version with extended wheelbase 7-Series can be ordered with an extraordinary passenger seat, which folds up to give back the VIP to the right person more convenience. The front passenger seat folds and moves forward towards the dashboard. And here the footrest ready to take care about the rest of the passenger. System slightly reduces visibility for the driver, but there is an intermediate position in which the driver can still see what was happening in the rear view mirror when folded the front seat.
The place of the right rear passenger has an extended set of buttons, these controls are just confusing.
For example, when it comes to the control of gestures. Some difficulties may appear when using certain combinations. We are talking about custom gestures (four hand signals that the car understands). Spiral motion with his index finger, used to adjust the volume, worked flawlessly.
Menu of the iDrive system remains complex, and you will have to spend a lot of time to learn how to manage it. A few hours of practical training with menu should be enough to master the use of the system in all the intricacies.
Once set up you can save your profile and allow another user (if any) to set their parameters. Setting the climate control seats and much more can be customized.
Version of the 750i in the back of the G12 BMW 7-Series comes with a 4.4-litre petrol V8 twinturbocharged. It delivers 450 HP at 5,500 rpm, and maximum torque of 650 Nm reaches around 1,800 rpm Unit combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The all-wheel drive – optional version, our model, was provided.
Turbocharged V8 with direct injection is a true miracle of technology in motor. It can easily give outrageously large amount of power and torque or to turn into economical consumer of fuel, if the excess power you do not need at the moment. This dualism in the device along with a smooth running V8 engine makes this power unit is worthy of the 2016 BMW 7 Series.
The automatic gearbox comes with shift paddles for manual control. The AWD system is optimized for ideal working off road in most modes of operation, while activation of driving mode Sport Plus adds a slight feeling of oversteer in the character of the car.
Among luxury cars BMW has no competition in power. Lexus has no such power as the 7 Series, Jaguar XJ and even more so. The Audi A8 under the hood is a similar 4.0-liter TFSI, and Mercedes-Benz S-class comes with a slightly more powerful engine that even has a bit more torque.
As for acceleration, the 750i is faster than its competitors. It also bypasses them in fuel economy when comparing the official figures provided by the manufacturers. Reality showed us that the new 7 -series can be really economical if you drive non-aggressively.
We can state an important fact, the 7-Series was as dynamic flagship sedan, and it still is, only now it has reached the level of comfort, which originally was supposed to be inherent in this kind of expensive car and to whom so long the previous generation.
The driver and passengers to enjoy an enhanced level of comfort, which is now comparable to what is global segment leader, the S-Class. In some aspects the 7-Series is even capable of more than the current S-Class, we are talking about Sport mode. Therein, steering of the S-class feels artificial, like it is not connected to the wheels. BMW did everything possible to avoid the mistakes of the competitor to the 7 Series was developed by electric steering system with an excellent sense return return on wheels. This you will not find in any upscale sedan competitors.
It’s not a sports car, but he is out of competition for models in this segment. It also comes with the new adaptive mode for Driving Experience Control, which changes the vehicle response in handling depending on the input data that it receives.
With regard to behavior on the road, 7-ka has neutral character. It will not feel neither redundant nor understeer. Body roll is minimal even in high-speed corners, they literally can’t feel. Only in the most extreme situations it is possible to feel the weight of this car, it still corresponds to 2 tons.
Integral Active Steering System (Integral active steering) helps the vehicle to hold the trajectory chosen by the driver at high speeds. The system also smooths out the turning radius and improve handling even at low speeds. However, the laws of physics not to deceive, but the clutch and better tires yet to improve. From the limo to make a sports car will not work. He’s just not designed for that.
Series No. 7 from BMW was never cheap. With the gradual improvement of technology over many years, she became more and more expensive. All the latest technology that is installed on Board was expensive, adding a few extra elements we get an even more expensive product from leather, carbon fiber, steel and aluminum. Is it worth it? Sure is worth it!