2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive Review
Although it’s less sumptuous and flashy than the Mercedes -AMG S65’s cabin, the BMW’s interior has its own understated elegance and just as many goo-gah features. Subtle M badging can be seen on the pedals, footrest, and steering wheel, and a V12 logo appears on the center console. Bathed in Nappa leather, the seats are soft to the fingertip but firm for the body. Not to mention the BMW might just have the nicest headliner I’ve ever seen. I suppose it might not be able to compete with Rolls-Royce ’s Starlight Headliner that illuminates the roof with hundreds of lights. But for $150,000, you can’t beat baby-soft anthracite Alcantara.
On the display screen, drivers can change the color of the interior lights that illuminate a horizontal strip running along the doors and dashboard. Like other 7 Series models, the M760i allows you to adjust the volume, switch radio stations, and answer phone calls by gesturing with your hands in the center of the cockpit. We’ve mentioned in previous reviews that this BMW-exclusive feature might feel a bit gimmicky to some, but it generally works well. In the center console, there’s a wireless charger for mobile phones. Optional rear amenities include massaging seats, a majestic electric reclining seat and footrest, an entertainment system, and a 7.0-inch tablet for operating climate and media controls, the ambient lighting, and the sunroof.
If you must drive, perhaps for a sunset stroll by the beach—or in our case, by the Anza-Borrego desert just south of Palm Springs—you might think Comfort mode would suit the occasion. Yet despite its name, Comfort feels a bit disengaged and makes the car seem heavier due to disconnected steering feel. Activate Sport mode, and you’ll be perfectly happy no matter the driving situation. It tightens up the steering considerably, but the car remains supple and comfortable. Offering a relatively nimble experience, Eco mode serves a nice dynamic middle ground between Comfort and Sport, nut it might take just a little more pedal effort to get up to speed.
We haven’t always been in love with the handling of the new 7 Series in general, but we do appreciate the model’s other strengths. Much of the drive experience is about comfort and stability. Aided by smooth gearshifts, the ride is calm and pleasant, but some noise inevitably seeps into the cabin. Cruising along, the power of the M760i hits you like a cheeky chocolate wine. You’re coasting along and feel nothing, but before you know it, you’re gliding along at 75 mph in a stupor. Of course, there’s plenty of juice when you want it. Give the throttle a quick tap, and the less than engaged driver is sure to wake up promptly.
Despite its merits, the 7 Series has long played second fiddle to the S-Class. Mercedes sold 18,803 S-Class sedans in the U.S. in 2016, compared to just 12,918 7 Series models sold during the same time period.
When we first drove the current-generation G11 750i, we lamented that it failed to capture much of the same magic as the S-Class. Striving toward luxury and performance, the V-8 model didn’t seem to get either part of the equation exactly right. Although it’s loaded with technology and creature comforts, the materials aren’t quite as plush as the S-Class. And although it performed well in the 0–60-mph and quarter-mile tests, it lacked in terms of handling and athleticism. With tightened reflexes, the M760i starts to put some of the misgivings about the 7 Series’ performance to bed. But make no mistake: This is still a world-class luxury cruiser.
Used Car Lot Crystal Ball
Today, 20 models on the market (all European makes) offer a V-12 engine. Needless to say, the V-12 is a true luxury available for those who want to enter the 500-hp club, but that glory comes at a significant cost. You can get a BMW 750i xDrive, complete with a 445-hp V-8, for $98,595, but a V-12-powered M760i xDrive requires shelling out at least $154,795.
But there’s one important silver lining. Fat depreciation comes with fat prices—unless you’re in the business of collector car speculation. Based on data from IntelliChoice, the 2017 V-12 7 Series is actually projected to hold more of its value after three years compared to the V-8. The V-12 will retain 40.5 percent of its value by January 2020 compared to just 33 percent for the V-8.*
You Won’t Like
- Generic BMW styling
- Redundant infotainment system controls
- Touch-sensitive black plastic switchgear
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2017 BMW 7-Series News and Reviews
Motortrend – Kelly Pleskot Words May 25, 2017
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Motortrend – Kelly Pleskot Words May 11, 2017
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Motortrend – Billy Rehbock Words May 10, 2017
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Motortrend – Kelly Pleskot Words November 8, 2016
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Motortrend – Erick Ayapana Words September 19, 2016
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