Zero to 60 required just 5. The 7-series desperately lacks character, especially when you define it by the abilities of its rivals. It never feels anything other than urgent, revving with supreme smoothness to the red line in very short order. The six-speed transmission with adaptive transmission control for manual gear selection via steering wheel-mounted buttons puts power to the ground effectively, scooting the 750Li to 60mph in 5. I still had to fiddle with the cantankerous iDrive. Most important for the updated 7-Series is the renewal of the engine range.
Rear-seat side-impact airbags are offered as an option. I noticed one fatal flaw, however. In case of automatic transmission the values are shown for the manual mode, if such is available in the car. The most noticeable, albeit subtle, alterations are superficial: a restyled front fascia--larger kidney grilles, a new bumper, a raised hood with fresh lines, and reworked headlamp lenses sans scalloped edges--and rear end, whose newly shaped trunklid incorporates taillamp assemblies that help shape a more uniform, less offensive hiney. Highlights include power-adjustable rear seats and sophisticated cell phone integration.
The six-speed adaptive automatic transmission uses shift-by-wire technology and is controlled with a selector behind the steering wheel. The styling is far more conservative than before; a nod to the new 3-series. The gigantic brakes feel as indefatigable as ever, hauling our test car down from 60 mph in just 110 feet--besting even the mighty by two feet. The lower the times, the drive is more relaxing and driver less often needs to change gears during overtaking or hill climbing. Compared to the outgoing E38 model, the E65 7 Series has more shoulder room in the front and the rear, and increased rear headroom.
In iDrive's favor is a tactile feedback system that clicks at each option while twisting through the submenus, with greater resistance at the first and last choices in each menu. Fuel consumption is impressive at 24. Manual gear changes can be made. E65 High Security models are designed to withstand attacks, and meet the requirements of the weapons standard. Both the long-wheelbase 760Li and a standard-length 760i sedan are available for 2005. Archived from on 15 December 2006. The iDrive system has been refined, too.
Standard adaptive headlights move with the front wheels to enhance night vision through curves. In 2005, dedicated buttons were added to change radio stations or skip tracks and a brighter screen was used for the 8. Not including the transmission reaction time. All told, the new 7 is some 130kg lighter than the old car. An electronic parking brake is used, and available Active Cruise Control can maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead. Whereas the previous-generation 7 was the big-sedan epitome of creating a driver-to-machine relationship, the current-generation car--certainly the 750--is proficient at taking the driver to new performance levels without the driver's really feeling as if he were part of the process. Only 100 cars were made, which were leased to high-profile customers, in order to promote the use of hydrogen vehicles.
The sprint to 120 showed even more separation--23. Inside, the changes are equally subtle, although less effective. The owner filed a… Your faithful technical director is not a Luddite. A training course is also offered to owners and chauffeurs, and teaches car control in case of emergency situations. That's three-tenths quicker than our last 745i and a comfortable second ahead of our recent comparison-winning A8L. The self-leveling rear suspension uses air springs. The first generation of the system relied on media for map data.
The styling improvements increase the desirability of an already top-notch car. These busses operate at 22. Starting where the 745i leaves off, the 760i adds the 6. Upon entry, it moves back into position or to one of the programmed memory positions. In the 7-Series, even dynamic driving goes in style.
The new powerplants offer not only better performance, but also reduced fuel consumption. Now, onto the road in the 750i. The four major menus are color coded for easier navigation, and once you've pushed the iDrive knob toward one of the compass points to access a certain menu, all subsequent commands are executed by turning and pressing the knob--far simpler than the previous combo of sliding, twisting, and pushing. On a preview drive for the press, Dr. Manual gear changes can be made. As stated earlier, it represents an elegant approach to the sticky problem of allowing a driver to control any of a massive array of features while still driving the car safely. Both the long-wheelbase 760Li and a standard-length 760i sedan are available for 2005.
Boy is it bluff to look at. Interior changes include sports seats, an Alpina instrument cluster, a three spoke steering wheel with shift buttons, and a silver plated production plaque. The commercial copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such matters or any part of this site is strictly prohibited. The recall began on December 12, 2012. The rear-seat armrest on the 750Li includes the reviled iDrive controller, plus seat-adjustment controls.