2013 BMW 750i

The 7 Series is BMW’s flagship sedan line. As such, people who plunk down the kind of jack required to buy one expect nothing but the best in style, power, luxury, technology and safety. And with the 2013 750i, they get it.

There are but a handful of vehicle models in the world that can equal this full-size German luxury sedan. In luxury sedan circles, the differences in the major brands are subjective. But by anyone’s measure, the 7 Series from BMW has to be near the top of the list. At the risk of sounding too technical, we think the 7 Series is a fine hunk of
automobile.

Available in 740, 750 and 760 models, as well as a long-wheel base version, the 7 Series is a powerful rear-wheel drive sedan with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. AWD is available.

Our test car for a glorious week with the 7 Series was the 750i in a Carbon Black color with an Ivory White Napa leather interior. An executive’s sedan, the 750i can make an automotive writer feel like, well, an executive automobile writer.

The 750i gets a boost in power for 2013. The 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 delivers 445 horsepower and can spring an RWD 750i from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. The xDrive (AWD) version is actually a tenth of a second faster.

While the 750i is moving you down the highway, it is also wrapping you in opulence and luxury inside a spacious cabin.

A “Thundering velvet hand” (with apologies to songwriter Dan Fogelberg) is a term that refers to a father’s strong yet soft hand, and it seems appropriate to describe the 750i driving experience. The new 8-speed transmission is velvety smooth and quick and helps the 750i achieve 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. In most driving conditions, with its 21.1-gallon tank, the 750i has a range of between 400 and 500 miles.

Sophisticated technology abounds in the $86,300 750i. Front seats adjust not 10 or 14 ways, but 20 ways. They’re heated, and have lumbar support too. No need to slam the doors when you get in either; just pull the soft-close automatic doors until they contact the frame, and they will automatically snug themselves shut. Navigation, multi-camera parking assists and rearview cameras are standard, and the nav system has multiple configurable views, including 3D.

A night vision camera that outdistances the car’s Xenon adaptive headlights is available, and so is a $4,600 Executive Package that adds power shades all around the rear compartment, front ventilated seats, a leather instrument panel, ceramic controls and a heads-up system that displays vehicle information on the driver’s windshield.

Our test car also had the M Sport Package that added 20-inch alloy double spoke wheels, a sport steering wheel and an aerodynamic kit.

Upgraded sound includes an awesome Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker surround sound system with a speaker component that rises from the center of the dash when the system is turned on. You’d expect nothing less from the vehicle that leads the way for BMW.

On the road, the 4,575-pound 750i is remarkably quick (see 4.7 seconds above) and agile in corners. Speed this car through any S-curve and be amazed by its ability to stick to the asphalt. Drive settings ranging from comfortable to sport are available.

The 2013 750i has not officially been safety tested, but it has a wide range of active and passive safety equipment including a full complement of airbags, adaptive headlights, stability and traction control and even more sophisticated optional systems to keep track of the driver’s condition and behavior.

The 2013 750i starts at $86,300, and with a list of options, our test car had a bottom line of $109,645, which included $895 in freight. Yes, that’s an awful lot of money, but if you have it, the 2013 BMW 750i is an awful lot of car.

2013 BMW 750i

  • Engine: 4.4-liter turbocharged V8
  • Horsepower: 445
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Test model base price: $86,300 ($109,645 as tested)
  • EPA mileage rating: 17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway