2012 BMW 7-Series


Flash Drive: 2009 BMW 750Li

This 2009 review is representative of model years 2009 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos

"Nimble" doesn't seem like the right word to describe a car this big, but it is apropos. At more than 4,500 pounds, the 750Li is a true heavyweight, but it handles the road like a much leaner machine. But unlike a more diminutive ride, there is plenty of room to transport four occupants, and do so in the pinnacle lap of luxury. The redesigned 7-Series is also a technological tour de force, beginning with the latest-generation iDrive system, which is easier and more intuitive to use — or are we just getting used to it? There is also voice-control navigation with Real Time Traffic Information, Head-Up Display and NightVision with pedestrian detection and active blind-spot detection. The new twin-turbo direct-injected 4.4-liter V8 engine delivers massive power and is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission to make the 750Li as fast as it is nimble. Throttle response is a little vague in the normal setting, but select Sport and hold on! On the inside, the instrumentation is easy to read and the finely polished wood trim on the doors is stunning and serves as the cleverly integrated door pull. –Mike Meredith

The BMW 750Li is an extremely desirable car. BMW spared almost no expense to create a vehicle that justifies the label "the ultimate driving machine." In this extended-wheelbase form, the rear legroom is truly astonishing and provides enough space for passengers to cross their legs without their feet even touching the seat in front. The front seats are equally spacious, yet the car seems to shrink around the driver and becomes easy to drive in any setting. The engine may only be a V8 and turbocharged, but there always seems to be extra power on tap. Midrange thrust for freeway passing is astonishing because it is so effective yet so relaxed, and the handling is spot-on for enthusiastic driving or for relaxed cruising. After impressing me again and again, I think the BMW 750Li is a bargain even at $110,000. –Paul Hagger

The new 750Li is like driving a limo that has the capability of a sports car. The "Li" designation provides about 6 extra inches of length over the regular 750i. The passengers in the rear seats really benefit from this stretch in the legroom department. And those lucky passengers can really feel at home when watching the optional headrest-mounted DVD screens with their wireless headphones. All throughout the 750 Li's interior is top-notch leather with attractive wood accents. On the road, the turbocharged V8 engine is quiet even when jumping on the throttle, yet delivers a constant surge in power when accelerating. And it takes a lot of power to move this 2-ton-plus BMW. Unfortunately, the BMW costs a pretty penny at $110K when it is optioned out, so only a lucky few individuals will be able to take one home. –Joe Chulick


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