Driving the powerful 2017 BMW M760i will make anyone feel more successful, as if he or she took a really smart turn in life to have everything desirable in a car. It’s a zenith of technology that is stately and athletic. A truly extraordinary achievement in the world of automotive technology.
BMW launched the most recent generation of its popular BMW 7-series and introduced impressive engineering in the structure with the new carbon fiber cell located around its passenger compartment. This M760i is definitely the cream of the crop for the 7-series, incorporating the twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter engine that delivers 590 pound-feet torque and 601 horsepower. The car moves from 0 – 60 mph within 3.7 seconds.
M760i has elevated performance coupled with the M styling to give what BMW calls the M Sport Edition. One of the things that stands out in the M760i is the plush seating arrangement in the comfortable and roomy cabin with the Luxury Rear Seating design. The rear seats can be adjusted to give a massage, they have plush headrests, screens tied to the car’s infotainment system and an Android tablet in the armrest. This armrest can fold so the car can accomodate a third passenger at the rear.
When started with the key fob, the M760i idles quietly. The console has a drive mode selector that has three options: Eco Pro, Adaptive and the fastest Sport mode, the shifter for the 8-speed transmission and the dial for its infotainment system with a 10.2 inch LCD. On the screen in front of the driver a 12.3 inch LCD provides virtual gauges and alters its appearance depending on the drive mode. Above this on the windshield, there is a high resolution graphics for head-up display.
The BMW 7 offers adaptive cruise control and assistance for keeping to a lane. The lane keeping assist twists the steering wheel to keep the position of the car within the lane. Adaptive cruise matches the speed of the car to slower traffic and shows its set speed on the heads-up windshield display. This feature performs well in stop and go traffic. However, it encourages other impatient motorists to cut in front of the driver because the car maintains a safe distance from the next car in front at moderate speeds.
The infotainment system of the M760i is called iDrive 5.0. The dashboard LCD functions like a touchscreen and it also allows you to use the buttons and dial on the console if you don’t want to keep stretching forward. M760i’s maps are good and they show 3D rendered buildings within the city and nice topography when the car moves into the country. It offers a fast one-box online destination system for searching for places. Many third-party apps are available to help the driver including Yelp listings that can lead to the best restaurant. It also offers parking listings that have the number of parking lots available.
The audio options allows online streaming media, Bluetooth streaming and use of USB ports. It also supports HD radio and satellite radio with 20Gb on-board space to load favorite tunes.
Overall the BMW 7 provides great performance and a good ride with excellent fuel economy especially when driving within the city.