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Seven - series , a little bit of heaven
Aug 21, 2008 01:59 PM 5618 Views

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Bayerische Motoren Werke or in english Bavarian Motor Works is a German manufactoring giant of high performance , luxury automobiles  establised in 1916 and the parent company of Mini and Rolls Royce. Its the car brand most driving enthusiasts prefer.

The 7 series is BMW's full size luxury sedan and is already popular for its driving dynamics.This car is among the cream of the lot in the top end luxury cars. Its loaded with performance, space, luxury and high tech features. The BMW's controversial I drive system was first featured in the 7 series though it has become much user friendly now. Audi, Mercedes, Lexus and Jaguar all are tough competitors with some even offering better feature packages but none comes close to the BMW's engaging drive experience.



The 7 series is offered in 3 variants - the V8 powered  standard wheelbase 750i

the longer wheelbase 750Li

the V12 powered  760Li

The car's refined lines and toned down looks from its previous avatars makes it looks imposing yet very pleasing to the eye. 18 inch wheels are standard for the car but changes should you chose the sport package which gives you 20 inch! Justice cannot be done by describing the looks of this car which is human perfectness as far as it can go with excellent paint job and top notch fit and finish.



Here is where it gets interesting.... The 7 series have excellent space and an elegant clean look to its interiors. Its comfortable seats deserve a special mention. There is plenty of space in all variants but the 760Li is almost limosine like.The car features a moonroof, walnut wood interior trim, 14 way power front seats, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, one touch windows, bluetooth navigation system wih voice control and a 10 speaker CD surround system with an auxillary audio jack. This is the standard inclusions in both 750i and 750Li.

There are various packages available- The sport packages include firmer suspension, 20 inch wheels and a 3 spoke steering wheel. The Adaptive ride package includes self leveling air springs and electronic damping. The luxury package includes massaging drivers seat, ventilated seats rear sun shades and a heated steering wheel. And finally the premium sound package provides 13 speaker logic 7 surround system and an indash cd changer. Ah yes there is also the individual composition package where you choose unique interior and exterior colours, upgraded leather, choice of wood cabin  accents and 20 inh alloy wheels.

All the above mentioned goodies are standard to the 760LI variant. The I drive system which consolidates various functions into one easy to use interface but its a bit complicated. You should get ready to devote a considerable amount of time to master it.  The I drive takes away the need of knobs and switches which gives the dashboard an un cluttered look.The display screen is huge and the picture clarity crisp. The 760 Li features a beverage chiller at the arm rest and an individual climate control at the rear. With all these goodies you can rest assured you are pampered by the utmost luxury and convinience.

Driving and performance


The 7 series is powered by the 4.8 litre V8 putting out 360 HP and gives a respectable mileage. The bigger brother 760 Li is powered by 6.0 litre V12 engine putting out 438 HP. Both the engines are mated to a quick shifting 6 speed automatic transmission which powers the rear wheels. 0 to 60 comes up at 6.4 seconds while the 760 Li clocking half a second faster. The speed sensitive steering and the brakes makes this large car handle beautifully and with confidence. The 7 series has been dubbed as the world's finers luxury performance sedan by many and you tend to agree with them once you take this beast out on the road.

Either power terrains provides ample power and adrenaline pumping performance with added effect of one of the smoothest and quickest shifts from the gerbox. Its nible nature is aided by the active aniroll bars which automatically stiffen to reduce body roll. The adaptive ide syster automatically firms and dampens the suspension depending on your road conditions. The steering is typical BMW, weighed down yet easy to turn boosts driving pleasure. ALl inall you are sure to mistake this car for a sports car on the road.



No crash tests have been done on the 7 series but the car offers antilock disc brakes, stability controldynamic traction control, dynamic brake control, adaptive headlight and a full set of air bags all around the car. So you can rest assured this car is one of the safest out there.

At $ 77000 base price, the 7 series doesnt come cheap. Its a prestige car for people who wants that air of pompousity yet need some fun driving performance on the road. This car truly is the best of both worlds.

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