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BMW doesn't skimp on luxury with 7 Series

| Friday, July 5, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Besides its billing as “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” BMW says “luxury,” and the 2013 750i xDrive sedan is the pinnacle of that.

“Luxury” doesn't always mean “fancy,” although my 750i was very nice to look at, as well as comfortable and well-equipped.

The 7 Series, which has been redesigned for 2013, consists of eight models ranging from the 740i for $73,600 to the 760Li for $140,700.

Engines range from six to 12 cylinders. With the 740i, you get 315 horsepower from an inline 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, with highway mileage of up to 28 mpg. The 760Li produces 535 horsepower from a 6.0-liter V-12.

My tester, the 750i xDrive sedan with intelligent all-wheel drive, started at $89,800. Under the hood was a turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 445 horsepower and 480 foot-pounds of torque.

With the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the 750i is EPA rated at 16 mpg city/24 highway/19 combined. For this report, I drove more than 1,000 miles, mostly on the highway using cruise control, and averaged 21.5 mpg.

The eight-speed transmission comes with a manual-shift mode for a more-sporty driving experience, if you want it. Incredible stopping power comes from the antilock disc brakes with stability control, brake-fade compensation, start-off assist, brake drying and brake stand-by features.

Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO mode is standard. Dynamic drive means that the vehicle hugs the road, and under- or oversteer are reduced. These are attributes that most of us would expect in a car such as this.

My 750i felt very secure on even the sharpest turns.

Standard equipment includes LED fog lights, xenon adaptive headlights with dynamic auto-leveling, corona headlight rings, cornering lights, and 20-way heated/power multi-contour seats with four-way lumbar support.

The 750i offers a choice of 13 standard elegant exterior colors (11 metallic and two non-metallic), along with four special-order colors. Interiors are leather, with five combinations and four trim choices. Six individual special combinations are available with three individual trims.

Also included were a two-way power moon roof; a power trunk lid with pushbutton close and door lock on the lip of the lid; power soft-close automatic doors; a tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel; the iDrive system, with on-board computer, navigation system with voice command and real-time traffic information, and rearview camera; and an advanced safety system, including front knee and side head/thorax air bags.

We also had BMW Assist with enhanced Bluetooth and USB, along with a premium 16-speaker sound system with HD radio.

The power trunk lid opens using a button under the dash, a button on the remote, or a soft-touch button under the lip of the trunk lid. Doors close completely without slamming, with just a soft whisper.

IDrive gives the driver control of multiple vehicle functions such as entertainment, information, communication and navigation using a mouse-like controller on the center console between the front seats.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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