PRO’s: Outstanding luxury, wonderful performance and loads of useful technology.
CON’s: Big price, hesitant acceleration in comfort mode.
FINAL THOUGHT: One of the best high-end luxury sedans on the market today, regardless of price or pedigree.
For most of us, traveling first class is something that dreams are made of. We wait in line, baggage in hand until our group is called, and then, like lemmings jumping to our deaths, get corralled onto our planes or trains, only to find that we’re seated next to the crying baby or the large man with the glandular disorder. It’s an awful experience for all who are involved and it makes us yearn for the better things in life. Every now and then though, fate smiles upon us and presents us with a gift that not only boosts our morale, but brightens our day. This happened to me last week when a new 2013 BMW 750Li press car appeared in my driveway.
Covered in Alpine white paint and sporting just about every option available, this BMW 750Li is one of the few cars that actually made me feel like I was on the upscale side of life for once. This is a car that is over 17-feet in length, can run to 60 mph in under 5-seconds, top out at 155 mph (limited) and all the while, carry four adults in first class comfort while never once blinking an eye. It will also sit at the stoplight with all of its 445 twin-turbocharged horses running in complete silence, until that is, it’s time to unleash them.
*By far, one of nicest cabins in all of motoring…
Realizing that my in-laws would be in town the week I had the 750Li, it was decided that the best course of action would be to load everyone up and head straight to wine country. The beautiful thing about Northern California, aside from the vineyards, weather, shops, beaches and never ending majestic scenery, is that it truly is the best place to see what people think of high-end automobiles.
As mentioned the BMW 750Li is a BIG car with a big price tag ($115,245.00 as tested), and as such it has a large presence about it – something we found regardless of the parking lot we entered. Pull up in this thing and trust me, people stop and take notice. Remember, this is not some little 1-series, but BMW’s flagship sedan.
From a visual standpoint I wouldn’t say this car has any truly striking features. Moreover, it’s lines are smooth and possess a soft aggression that gives off a more masculine sense of being. This is a mans car, a modern-day muscle-cruiser from Germany if you will, and whether you’re driving passengers to and from the airport, or out for a spirited Sunday jaunt through the vineyards, this car will not disappoint.
Understand that for as good as this car is, there are still some areas that can be improved upon. The 750Li is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 445 hp and 480 lb.ft. of torque. When the go-pedal was depressed however, I found that there always seemed to be a hint of hesitation. This is something that occurred from a dead stop, or while attempting a pass a fellow motorist on the interstate. Putting the car in Sport mode seemed to cure this, but I was curious as to why this was happening in the first place. Another gripe was that damn Start/Stop feature whereby the engine shuts down when the car comes to a complete stop, then starts up again when you’re ready to carry on.
*Start/Stop kill switch under the starter… I recommend pushing it.
I understand that this is supposed to save fuel and improve economy, however it was by far the most annoying feature of this car. Thankfully there is a switch to disable it and it’s located right underneath the starter button – don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Once underway drivers will be hard pressed to find a better full-sized sedan anywhere, as the 2013 BMW 750Li is an absolute dream to drive. This is thanks in part to such features as the ultra-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission, a wonderful heads-up display, outstanding navigation unit and an active suspension system that incorporates four-wheel steering. This means that while you’re hustling this 4,660 lb. machine through the curves, that not only will you have any and all information available to you, but you’ll never have to avert your eyes from the road to find it.
*This is limo-plush ladies and gentlemen…
The seats, both front and rear provide outstanding lateral and lumbar support and come with no-less than 20-way power functionality in the front, and four-way power functionality in the rear. A good thing too, as even though the 750Li does a great job of masking its weight, it is still noticeable when pushed hard.
What’s really amazing is how much fun this big machine was to drive. Seriously, this thing is a hoot in the corners when driven properly, which is something that can’t be said of other cars in this class.
*Note the raised center channel for the Bang & Olufsen stereo and front view fender integrated cameras.
One thing that needs mentioning is how vastly improved BMW’s iDRIVE system has become. Driver and rear passenger interface (if so equipped) is a snap, and no longer are we being transported into the technological void of the Gen 1 systems. From the navigation unit, to the Bluetooth functions for your smartphone, everything on the updated unit not only worked flawlessly, but was very intuitive to boot.
As you’ll notice, this car was indeed equipped with rear monitors and its own separate iDRIVE console for the rear occupants. Watching my rear passengers enjoy the system actually gave me hope that these systems may in fact, have some merit going forward.
A bit large for daily use, I would list the BMW 750Li as more of an executive sedan that provides its occupants with everything they’ll ever need from the technology end, and it’s driver with the excitement of driving a BMW. Mileage is EPA rated at 16 city / 24 hwy, numbers that I found to be quite accurate. During my stint with the 750Li, I averaged about 19 mpg in combined driving. A decent number for such a large vehicle.
Now, before you go out and plunk down $115k for BMW’s uber-tech sedan, you need to understand that it also comes in the standard wheelbase version, something that I think will appeal to all those 7-series drivers who don’t have to chauffeur people around. However if you’re looking for a premium luxury sedan, that packs just as much technology and interior room as it does horsepower, then you’d be hard pressed to do any better than the 2013 BMW 750Li.