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2010 BMW 7-Series - Review


Driven: 2010 BMW 750Li

Needless to say, we like to party, so the car stayed in Sport, Sport+ or DSC-OFF mode most of its week with us. That may have contributed to the rather miserable 11.6 mpg average we saw, though a heavy right foot and the endless reward of really pushing the 750Li likely contributed as well.

So what's the deal with all these Sport, Sport+ settings I'm on about? It's the way BMW handles mapping the adjustable damping system and the tuning of the six-speed automatic gearbox. Settings include: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+, and the secret setting, DSC-OFF. You can access the four standard settings by pressing the corresponding toggle switch in the center console, beside the gear selector. To access DSC-OFF, simply hold the traction control button until the navigation system begins to alert you to the import of your decision.

Similarly, the transmission can be bumped from standard Drive mode into Sport by a slide of the gear selector to the left. Once there, you can choose to let the computer do the job for you or bump forward to shift down and pull back to shift up. Those who've attempted to drive American and Japanese manu-matics hard will recognize that BMW has gotten it right; none of the bump forward to upshift/backward to downshift nonsense. In the end, though, the point may be moot--unless you're really pushing the car to its limits, automatic mode is just as quick as manual mode, and perhaps quicker as you obviate the tap on the rev limiter brought on by a late upshift.

The 750Li's electronics match revs on downshifts in either drive or manual, though the lack of paddle shifters on the steering wheel remind you you're driving an executive limo, not a sports car. The fact that you may need reminding is real though--with the M Sport package in full sporting mode, the big 7er handles much more nimbly than its curb weight or wheelbase would suggest. The meaty steering wheel weights up nicely, the not-too-aggressively-bolstered seats hug you, and it rotates and transitions like a sporty 3-Series running at 80 percent pace.

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Comments (7)
  1. That is an absolutely beautiful luxury car... probably one of the best designs that i have seen from BMW in years. I did notice, however, that in the photo gallery it appears that the hood of the car is open!

  2. GE&H: my, what sharp eyes you have. Watch out for little girls in red cloaks.
    In actuality, the right front of the hood is slightly bent up--it was delivered that way, likely due to the hood being closed on something during a service appointment.

  3. That is one hell of a car. Even in generic silver the car still strikes me. And for a car that basically matches the performance of a 145K S63 AMG, the 98k sticker price for this car is a relative "bargain".
    Not liking that wide gap between the hood and headlight, though. I hope that isnt a sign of poor craftsmenship.

  4. haha, you love Billy Bob Thornton. that's embarrassing.

  5. Somehow even "M" sport (not a full M) doesn't seem right for the 7 series crowd. The car is just too big and boat-like to be a true sports car... even though the new F10 borrows heavily from the current 7 series. Just my 2 cents.

  6. Beautiful car, but what's with the smattering of chrome just above the exhaust pipes? It looks like it was added at DJ Joes Chrome and Rims Credit Depot. Seems out of place to me.

  7. This 7 needs to go back to the shop to fix the hood. I picked my 750i up with the same problem (not seated properly). 10 minute fix. To quote the service manager: "BMW makes the best engines and suspension systems, but small stuff, like cup holders and lighters are quirky sometimes."

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