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      03-12-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
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World First Test: BMW 750i likes to boogie



http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drive...otopanel..1.*#4

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Effortless twin-turbo V8 acceleration; 4.9 to 60mph; small-car handling; cosseting interior; likable iDrive.
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Fussy throttle tip-in; some other nitpicks of not much consequence.
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Previously controversial and often vilified, the BMW flagship is once again one of the finest, most likable automobiles in the world
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the 2009 BMW 750i will go down for its Habib nose, the enormous, vertical, kidney-shape grilles on the front of the new car that come from the 7 Series design team led by Karim Habib, a response to new European standards of safety for pedestrian impacts. It's an imposing new face for BMW's flagship, yet it seems appropriate. It's the most controversial element on a car that is otherwise tasteful, yet visually interesting, paying just enough attention to classic BMW cues as it establishes new ones.
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Instead, the 750i quietly pins you into its double-articulated seatback on its way to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds (or 4.9 seconds with 1 foot of rollout as on a drag strip). That's about a second quicker than the S550 and old 750i, and just as quick as the S63 AMG that costs $37,000 more. Oh, and this engine also orchestrates a spectacular burnout.
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Should you unfortunately have to stop, the new 7 Series comes to a halt from 60 mph in 112 feet with no drama, no fade and a consistent pedal every time.
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At the track, the 2009 BMW 750i and its engineering bag of tricks managed to snake through the slalom at a truly remarkable 66 mph 3 mph faster than the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. It circled the skid pad at 0.84g, displaying impressive balance and communication. Quite simply, a car this big should not be cornering like this. While the 7 Series has always felt at speed as if it had shrunk to a smaller, more agile size around you, this fifth-generation car with the Sport package feels like it was thrown into a hot dryer.
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For the past decade, the word "iDrive" has been greeted with the same sort of response usually reserved for "Detroit vacation." No more.
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Most of us who drove the 2009 BMW 750i came away thinking we'd driven an even more expensive car. Upon hearing our tester rang in at "only" $89,870, the 7 Series started to seem like a bargain given its eye-popping performance, car-shrinking handling and a cabin that beautifully blends technology and luxury. It rates with the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG at a price tag less than a Mercedes S550.
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      03-12-2009, 12:40 PM   #2
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Damn, that thing is a beast!

Just wait until BMS and Vishnu start turning them! You're going to have 11 second grocery getters.
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not feeling the front end styling and the rectangular exhaust tips (lexus ls).

hard to argue with the performance though... and i would love to have a version of the DDC for our 3s.
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      03-12-2009, 01:24 PM   #4
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Wow that's impressive that it is as fast as the S63 but obviously handles way better. I love this car. I usually would never want such a big boat but the new 7 adds in just the right amount of sportiness too.
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      03-12-2009, 03:13 PM   #5
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Here's the Insideline video review (added to youtube 11 mins ago lol).
*Double click the video if it doesn't work or says it isn't available.
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      03-12-2009, 03:15 PM   #6
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Very Happy with this car. I am only 21 and it really serves me no purpose at this time in my life. But for the business man or family man etc the interior is gorgeous and the performance on par and better then an S63. What more can a 7 series driver ask for? Did I mention those gigantic tvs available in the backseat! Great Job BMW
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drove one and it was a blast! lots of torque
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Looks like a great product, only I dont know how successful it will be just because of the economy.

It really looks a lot better in person
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In person it looks machissimo.

And if I were in my fifties (I'm not even in my forties yet) I'd choose this one and not the also excellent S Class.
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      03-12-2009, 06:55 PM   #10
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lol ive driven a s63 and the new 7 will not keep up with it....

s63 is a monster, and it does not do 0-60 4.8 it does it quicker...and after that its a frecking monster too
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lol ive driven a s63 and the new 7 will not keep up with it....

s63 is a monster, and it does not do 0-60 4.8 it does it quicker...and after that its a frecking monster too
We shall see. Edmunds times are always slower than everybody else. We have no clue how underrated this twin-turbo V8 is. Thats a serious statement.

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CarandDThe S63 AMG runs 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and rips through the quarter-mile in 13.0 seconds at 110 mph, all for the comparatively low base price of $130,775
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the S63 has more power as far as I know . its a monster this is just a regular 750i with V8 twinturbo and if that does it better than the S63 then so be it...great job BMW....
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      03-12-2009, 09:28 PM   #13
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does the new 7 have an LSD?????????? it looks like it in the video while it was burning out... if it does then thats awesome
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Damn, that thing is a beast!

Just wait until BMS and Vishnu start turning them! You're going to have 11 second grocery getters.
Yeah, not as much of a market, they would have jumped in head first if there was much of a reasonable market, this motor been around now since the x6 was introduced. In that vehicle class and price point, you are talking totally different demographic. A very very small minority of owners of these vehicles would dabble in risky warranty-voiding mods. Most could care less if the car was tuned or not. They are older, and tend to be more conservative. Likely to frown at those shenanigans than drool at your new found power.These things are already fast enough.
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I saw one on the road today and it's a REAL head turner. I absolutely hated the enormous grill, but it actually looks very nice in real life. Not surprisingly, that's how most new BMW's are - for me at least.
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Nice review. I can't wait to get mine
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I saw one on the road today and it's a REAL head turner. I absolutely hated the enormous grill, but it actually looks very nice in real life. Not surprisingly, that's how most new BMW's are - for me at least.
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When I first heard people complain about 'how big' the front grill was, I was concerned it would look bad on the car. After seeing the car in person and ESPECIALLY after test driving it, I can say that it is still well proportioned. I guess people NEED to find SOMETHING to criticize

The 750 is incredibly fast. I was driving on a curved on-ramp to enter a highway (wasn't even on the highway yet or freeway if you like) and was already going 130km/h (80mph)!! WOW. The interesting part about it is that the other two guys I had in the car with me didn't believe me when I mentioned this until they looked at the speedometer. I had driven the exact same route about an hour earlier in an MB S550 4Matic AMG version and the 750 was definitely faster, smoother and quieter. I enjoyed the ride a lot more in the 750 than the S550, hence my final purchase decision. I should also note that I drove an Audi S8 earlier that day and all I can say is that I would rate the Audi in 3rd place FAR behind the 750 and S550...
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I forgot to mention that what's interesting about the size of the grill is that it makes the car look a lot more aggressive... especially if you come up behind someone real fast (which is no problem with the kind of power on tap in this car)
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it is either going to be this car, or F10 550. I think both are going to be amazing.
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lol ive driven a s63 and the new 7 will not keep up with it....

s63 is a monster, and it does not do 0-60 4.8 it does it quicker...and after that its a frecking monster too
Totally agree, I've driven many S63's- and I've driven many new 7's and the S63 is a monster. MB's claim of 0-60 in 4.5 Sec's is spot on, as is Munich's 4.9 sec for the 750...... I think the new B7 will be a much more likely competitor to the S63 than the stock F01 7er...
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I wonder if the fuel pump will hold up.
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Totally agree, I've driven many S63's- and I've driven many new 7's and the S63 is a monster. MB's claim of 0-60 in 4.5 Sec's is spot on, as is Munich's 4.9 sec for the 750...... I think the new B7 will be a much more likely competitor to the S63 than the stock F01 7er...
Well in all fairness, if you compare the S63 to the 750, I think that's like comparing apples and oranges. In my mind, a more appropriate comparison would be between the S550 and 750 and once BMW releases the 760, then you can go and compare the S63 to the 760...
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