An Unforgettable Drive In BMW’s 2016 750i48.1351° N, 11.5820° E
"The Interior May Speak Luxury But The Engine Says Performance"
There’s an undeniable elegance to BMW 2016 750i and we got to experience it firsthand for a few days during a warm Autumn week in Montreal. From the outside, the vehicle’s length and width imposes itself on the pavement, however, there’s a light and airy quality to it. It could be the soft lines that start at the hood and lead to the rear, as well as, the kidney grille that opens up the front. This feeling of weightlessness is also translated in its driving dynamics. You’ll come to realize that your eyes have fooled you as soon as you grip the leather wrapped steering wheel because the 750i feels smooth and effortless. There’s also a plethora of safety technology like lane-keeping, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and collision warning to ensure a seamless driving experience.
The interior may speak luxury but the engine says performance, there’s an available 320-hp turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six with an optional 445-hp twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 really moves. In terms of drivetrain, the rear-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive (xDrive) is optional on the V-8. All in all, the engine of the 750i is more than enough to satisfy the driving enthusiast in you. You’ll appreciate the smooth ZF eight-speed automatic shifts and the stiff response from its “Carbon Core” body. Which is a melange of high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fibre. The carbon fibre and aluminum pieces are strategically placed around the 750i to deliver the right amount of rigidity and protection. Not to mention shedding 88 pounds in the process.
Now let’s talk luxury. As you approach the car it will project an LED “Light Carpet” that welcomes you inside. One of the things you won’t forge about the 750i is the air diffuser that perfumes the air inside the cabin, the mechanized sun shades, the powerful Bowers & Wilkins 1400 watt sound system with 16 speakers, along with the removable tablet which controls the many functions of the car. Moreover, the gesture functions of the car’s infotainment system really do help to keep your eyes on the road. With a few simple motions, you can accomplish tasks like lower or raise the volume and answer and end a phone call.
If there’s one thing you will have to get used to its the 750i’s optional Display Key. It’s essentially a small device that incorporates a small screen on which the driver can check to see if the doors were left unlocked or the windows down, or how long it is until the next scheduled oil change. It can be quite cumbersome to carry around and you’ll need to be conscious of its battery life. However, there’s a second battery that will still work to lock and unlock the doors should it lose its power.
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Words & Photography: Jon Carlo Tapia