Driving the massive and highly effective 2017 BMW M760i makes me really feel like a hit, as if I took a sensible flip in life and now can have something I need. It is my private Tony Robbins, giving me encouragement and high-fives.
The M760i seems like a automobile for closers.
What’s unusual, although, is I am unable to fairly pin down what precisely it’s concerning the M760i that makes me really feel so spectacular. BMW’s basic kidney grille would not have something just like the monumental look of the grille on the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The 20-inch wheels are not any greater than on many different sedans. The delicate V12 badge on the C-pillar provides little to the automobile’s presence.
However presence the M760i undoubtedly has, the entire showing as far more than the sum of its components. The M760i is without delay stately and athletic, the zenith of expertise whereas representing final century muscle.
The M760i represents the highest trim of BMW’s 7-Sequence mannequin line, a rare achievement in automotive expertise.
BMW launched its newest era of the 7-Sequence for the 2016 mannequin 12 months, introducing spectacular new engineering in its construction with a carbon fiber cell across the passenger compartment.
The M760i represents the highest of the road for the 7-Sequence, incorporating a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine making 601 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, powering all 4 wheels. BMW claims a zero to 60 mph time of three.7 seconds.
As well as, the M760i comes with rear wheel steering to assist in dealing with, and an adaptive air suspension that really makes use of a digicam to look at the street forward and regulate the trip high quality appropriately.
Nevertheless, the M designation within the identify doesn’t imply it’s an M7, a mannequin that does not exist however would presumably have the high-performance traits of an M5 or M6. The M760i, with its considerably elevated efficiency and M styling, is what BMW calls an M Sport Version.
What first strikes me concerning the M760i are the plush seats within the roomy, snug cabin, thanks partially to the $four,000 Cashmere/Merino Beige inside bundle. A look in direction of the rear makes it clear that I made a horrible mistake in not bringing a chauffeur, as this M760i additionally got here with the $1,800 Luxurious Rear Seating bundle. Not solely do the rear seats regulate, additionally they have therapeutic massage, plush little headrests, screens tied into the automobile’s infotainment system, and an Android pill within the middle armrest. As a sensible bonus, the armrest lifts so three individuals can nonetheless slot in again.
Throughout the cabin, stable metallic switchgear with a satin end echoes the standard of the M760i.
With the Luxurious Rear Seat bundle, it is troublesome to say which is the perfect seat within the automobile.
With the phone-sized key fob in my pocket, I begin up the massive M760i. The V12 idles very quietly, however once I give it some throttle it responds with a low, sonorous rumble, and I do not consider 601 horsepower ever got here on so easily. The console holds a selector for the drive mode, which incorporates Eco Professional, Adaptive and Sport, the shifter for the eight-speed computerized transmission, and dial for the infotainment system, proven on a large, 10.2-inch LCD within the middle dashboard.
In entrance of me, a 12.Three-inch vast LCD reveals digital gauges, and modifications its look relying on the M760i’s drive mode, with blue for Eco Professional and purple for Sport. And above that, projected on the windshield, I am wanting on the full colour, high-resolution graphics of a formidable head-up show.
As an enormous sedan designed for the Autobahn, I convey the M760i to the quickest public street close to San Francisco, Interstate 5 by way of California’s Central Valley, restricted to 70 mph. In both Adaptive mode or Eco Professional, the M760i moseys alongside, clearly able to a lot larger velocity, however extremely snug simply cruising alongside. I can really feel the suspension transfer underneath the automobile because it offers with the street, however the trip high quality is excellent. I barely really feel the miles, and would love to only proceed on and on.
This instance lacks the upgraded audio, a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system, so I’ve to make do with the usual 16-speaker, 700 watt Harman Kardon system. I am not precisely struggling, and the serenity of the M760i’s cabin enhances the sound of music from the stereo. I by no means tire of adjusting the amount with the gesture management system, which requires a little bit twirl of my finger within the house over the console.
The M760i’s head-up show reveals very wealthy graphics for driver help and route steerage info.
Aiding my freeway consolation, the M760i comes with adaptive cruise management and lane conserving help, the latter twisting the wheel in my arms to keep up its place within the lane. With adaptive cruise, the M760i matches speeds with slower visitors forward, exhibiting me its set velocity and following distance on the head-up show. It really works properly in stop-and-go visitors, too. My solely grievance comes when different vehicles minimize in entrance of me, because of the M760i sustaining a protected following distance when visitors is working at average to quick speeds.
The calm of the freeway lets me discover the M760i’s infotainment system, iDrive 5.zero in BMW nomenclature. The dashboard LCD is definitely a touchscreen, however utilizing the dial and buttons on the console comes simple sufficient that I do not really feel like stretching ahead. I notice that BMW simplified the principle menu, reducing it down to 6 icons from eight beforehand.
The M760i’s maps appears good, exhibiting 3D-rendered buildings within the metropolis and topography within the nation. I am proud of its fast, one-box on-line vacation spot search and notice the plethora of third-party apps that sit on the prepared to assist me. I might pore by way of Yelp listings to discover a good restaurant, then dig by way of the parking listings, which present the variety of out there areas in garages.
The M760i makes use of a digicam to investigate the street forward, and regulate the adaptive suspension appropriately.
For audio choices, the M760i provides me on-line streaming media, USB ports, Bluetooth streaming, HD radio, satellite tv for pc radio and even 20 gigabytes of onboard house if I needed to take the time to load a bunch of music.
The M760i helps Apple CarPlay, however not Android Auto. Fortunately, I take advantage of an iPhone so can make the most of this characteristic. Even higher, I get to expertise the miracle of wi-fi Apple CarPlay, because the M760i helps it over Bluetooth. Solely BMW has this functionality at the moment, as all different automakers require you to plug into the USB port. A two hour drive drains my iPhone 6S battery by half.
Comfy cruising is all tremendous and good, however this BMW has an M in its identify, to not point out the large energy from its V12. I take it as much as an appropriately twisty mountain street, and make the most of the M760i’s prepared acceleration to go slower visitors earlier than the enjoyable stuff begins.
With drive mode and shifter set to Sport, the engine retains the facility up as I take the turns. However I rapidly discover that the M760i’s adaptive suspension refuses to agency up sufficient to carry it flat. Even with rear-wheel-steering, the M760i would not really feel nimble. I get the tires squealing within the turns, however the dealing with expertise would not altogether mitigate the scale of this sedan.
Frankly, I am a little bit dissatisfied, and must remind myself that there isn’t a such factor as an M7, simply this M Sport Version of the 7-Sequence. Nevertheless, I can take some coronary heart in that, even given the EPA gasoline economic system of 13 mpg metropolis and 20 mpg freeway, I handle a median of 18.Three mpg, even with some brutally sluggish metropolis visitors.
The M760i faces robust competitors, particularly with a brand new Audi A8 on the horizon.
Regardless of the 2017 BMW M760i not being fairly an M stage automobile for sport driving, it nonetheless handles properly. Nevertheless, it actually shines throughout the lengthy, freeway cruise, the place its snug trip will ship you to your vacation spot absolutely relaxed. Past the driving traits, the M760i carries a formidable expertise load. I used to be completely happy with its shows, together with the head-up show.
The brand new iDrive proved simpler to make use of than earlier variations, whereas nonetheless providing a great deal of helpful options each related and onboard. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay provides a little bit icing on this Bavarian cake.
Confronted with its arch-competitor, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it is a particularly arduous selection between the 2. The S-Class additionally delivers a particularly snug, stress-free trip. In BMW’s favor, I discover its related options extra seamlessly built-in with the infotainment system. Someday subsequent 12 months, each of those large sedans should cope with the brand new Audi A8 and Lexus LS 500. The A8 particularly will convey to bear Audi’s Digital Cockpit expertise and new driver help options which put it properly on the street in direction of self-driving.
Relating to optioning the 2017 BMW M760i, that Cashmere and Merino bundle makes for a pleasant cabin, however I’d seemingly be content material with the usual Nappa leather-based. The Driving Help Plus bundle, at $1,700, is a discount, because it brings in adaptive cruise management and lane conserving options that may almost drive the automobile itself, particularly in stop-and-go visitors. The Luxurious Rear Seating bundle, at $1,800, can be low-cost, however solely is smart in the event you plan on carting individuals round on the common. As a music lover, I’d add the Bowers & Wilkins audio system — dear at $Three,400 however in all probability price it. All instructed, with the automobile’s base value of $153,800, vacation spot payment of $995, and Fuel Guzzler Tax of $1,700, we’re taking a look at $161,595.
To be trustworthy, I’d be extra within the BMW 740e iPerformance, the plug-in hybrid model of the 7-Sequence. It is out there with a lot of the identical gear, however bases at $90,700. Though all the way down to 322 horsepower, it achieves 64 mpg equal in EPA testing. Or take into account the Alpina B7, a barely completely different tackle the 7-Sequence with a V8 engine.