First-drive review: BMW 7-Series

30 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First-drive review: BMW 7-Series
BMW 7-Series

Matt Campbell

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It’s not you start a car launch in the backseat of the model.

But BMW was out to make a point the new 7-Series limousine and show off the new air suspension system that’s to make life even for those lucky enough to a chauffeur.

The old model is luxurious sure, with climate electric sun blinds and luscious #8211; but BMW promised the ride be even better for those in the of the new model, courtesy of the new suspension, sound insulation and new smoother-riding tyres.

The pre-update one we were playing in was surprisingly noisy in the back, and I plenty of the bumps.

Not so the back of the range-topping $391,500 version, the long-wheelbase model. It packs a 6.0-litre V12 under its bonnet, a supercar-rivalling output of 400kW and

With someone else at the I had a fiddle with the rear-seat system mounted in the fold-down section of the pew, which (and can override) the stereo including the volume.

It also two of those in the back to choose digital TV channel they to watch on the new slimline digital monitors mounted on the backrests of the seats. The reception was a bit touch-and-go, but I got my of the headlines.

You can surf the web via a connected phone’s data plan, and tell your driver to go via a suggestion function on the sat-nav that will flash up a new map on the front screen.

The back seats of the top model offer electric adjustment memory settings, heating and and even a massage function.

The is excellent, although taller may find it lacking a little as the sunroof cuts in to headspace a particularly in the middle seat. The used are first-rate, including a velour hood-lining and soft on the seats, doors and dash.

The has been quietened with sound insulation, and the ride more supple and comfortable, a range of road surfaces, my airport shuttle.

Stowage is in the back and the front, but for a car that is 5.2 long, the boot space is a and narrow 500 litres #8211; than some cars a shorter, and you can’t fold the rear seats. But it opens a wave of your foot the bumper, making easy of opening the boot when hands are full.

In the driver’s seat, the V12 rewards in every situation. It has a well of that can either caress you smoothly or punch you in the back, and the automatic makes the most of the with smooth shifts and changes when under a bit pressure.

It’s not good on #8211; the claim is 13.0L/100km, 0.4L compared to the pre-update #8211; but given the cost of the a few extra bucks in petrol isn’t likely to upset buyers too much.

And the pay-off for the is a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds #8211; brilliant, the weight of the car (2145 kilograms).

The 760Li misses out on the fuel-saving steering system, but the hydraulic does the job, with some minor qualms its speed in reacting to sharp situations. It offers good and weight, particularly in Sport (which sharpens steering throttle response, suspension and gear shifts).

Other include EcoPro, which everything for better fuel use and can give you tips on the instrument if your car is fitted with the digital instrument cluster (currently $600, will be later in 2013).

Comfort is, well, comfortable, but the Comfort + made the suspension feel over bumpy sections of

At the opposite end of the petrol models is the priced at $211,500 (add for the long wheelbase).

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine is no more than before (235kW/450Nm), but is 21 per more efficient, down 9.9L/100km to a much more 7.9L/100km.

The eight-speed auto also get its power down to the ground effectively, cutting its 0-100km/h by 0.3 seconds to 5.7s.

It’s a engine, and if you can live without the soundtrack of the pricier V8 and V12 models, a great choice.

The 740i was the length #8211; still enough for two passengers in the back, it does miss out on some of comfort items such as electric adjustment and cooling.

It was the car we tested with the electric system, which#160;still offers weight, direct response and driver feedback.

The 750i V8 has a V8 with 330kW/650Nm and can sprint 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds that’s quicker than an M3, and faster than before. also more efficient, from 11.4L/100km to just (a drop of 25 per cent).

It’s a ludicrously good with the new eight-speed auto. BMW buyers will be happy to this updated engine be added to that model next year, so you could yourself a good $100,000 the 750i’s $281,100 price-tag.

As the other models, it was agile through the bends, with a ride that soaked up well.

The last car on the launch was the It’s the base model, at $204,600, and is powered by a refined and efficient 3.0-litre turbo

There’s just a hint of lag a standstill, but with an admirable figure of 5.6L/100km and a sprint of just 6.1s, it offers an alternative for those who prefer petrol stations.

Whether in the back seat or the driver’s the face-lifted 7-Series is an improvement its precursor.

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