2017 BMW M760Li xDrive – Luxury on Over-Drive [Review]
By guest contributor, Rob Eckaus
Seeing a factory matte finish BMW raises the eyebrows. Strolling nonchalantly toward it, spotting the V-12 emblem puts a pause in your pace. Then reading the back emblem and seeing “M760i” denoting BMW’s 601 horsepower technological tour-de-force definitely raises both eyebrows. Who knew a TwinPower Turbo V-12 sedan was available anywhere for nearly $172,000
This is a CEO car. It’s for the business owner who, nicely put, gives zero cares about what anyone thinks about his or her 16 mpg highway Q-ship. They worked hard, employ many, and get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Or maybe wants something that is extremely modern, smooth and quiet, and no thoughts as to where a charging station may or may not be.
Start-up and driving is like any other car in the basic sense. But extra attention is given to the passengers both front and rear. Like it’s a perfect host or hostess for wheeled travel. May that would be a coastess? The rear passengers share a center tablet and there are display screens behind each front seat. Each passenger can set their own seat adjustments in the rear as well.
BMW’s flagship 7-Series is a first-class experience matching the turbine-like power plant under the hood. Calling the V-12 a motor or engine is just too mundane. Acceleration is swift, it leaps on command and effortlessly closes gaps in traffic with a slight provocation of the foot. Turn-in can be surprisingly quick when manhandling the steering wheel. With the all-wheel drive, traction is never really an issue despite the V-12’s best attempt to smoke the tires. Of course, it’s heavy, but BMW’s new Carbon Core technology resulted in a massive 285-pound weight reduction from the previous 7-Series. Granted, adding four cylinders puts some weight right back, but you don’t argue with a V-12. Nuff said.
“This is a really nice car!” With particular emphasis on the “really” part.
Of course, the suspension has adjustments to smooth out lumpy roads that but even in the comfort setting it couldn’t iron out some of the bumps on a backroad. Regardless, the sheer insulation and isolation are instantly apparent.
Driving the M760 is effortless and blissfully satisfyingly to drive. It’s the technology that demands time to get familiar with the car – reading the manual, and spending hours learning it – but the payoff is priceless. The gesture control seems to work in front of the steering wheel. Perhaps doing so unintuitively, performing gestures in front of the infotainment screen just made us look inept. But in describing this executive-class car, inept is not a word that comes to mind, ever.
2017 BMW M760Li xDrive Specs:
- MSRP: $153,800
- Price as tested: $171,895
- Engine: 6.5L M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder
- Power: 601 hp @ 5,500 rpm
- Peak torque: 590 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
- Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic
- 0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds
- Top speed (electronically limited): 155 mph