The two front cup holders are handsome, high-tech, and practical. The result is a 4580-pound luxury liner whose mass seems to melt away at speed. This car makes you want to risk getting a ticket every day of the week. Under power, the 7 Series cabin remains whisper quiet. The 645Ci is powered by a throaty, responsive 4. The rear end has been the focus of the controversy.
There are three six-speed transmission choices: a Steptronic automatic, a sequential-manual gearbox, and a flawless manual. Much of its design can be traced back to an attempt to handle the substantially raised rear deck height. Having a skilled professional drive you around while you luxuriate in back is not the worst way to travel. This car pushes the limits of driving technology over the horizon. Of course, there's always help from the dealership. Anti-skid technology makes adjustments to maintain handling balance whenever grip is lost to any one tire. Quick access to automobile-catalog website - type in a browser: a-c.
The new six-speed automatic transmission is extremely smooth, yet it's the most responsive I have ever experienced. Leatherette upholstery is standard; real leather is optional. All 7 Series sedans feature dual-zone temperature and airflow adjustment for the front passengers; the 760Li adds separate temperature adjustments for each side of the rear seat. It's great for tun Driving Impressions In terms of driving dynamics, there's no controversy. Behold the state of the art in 21st-century personal transportation. To be sure, these systems can require serious commitment to master, but most are genuinely useful.
Me and the guys at the Florence Academy for Priceless Sculpture and Bocci Ball have been talking and, well, Michelangelo's David over there is looking a little, you know, predictable. The anti-skid system is transparent, in that you can't feel it kick in and out. Moreover, some adjustments are automatic, including the headrests, which change height according to the position of the seat. On the road, though, the Active Steering often felt artificially quick, swinging the nose into turns more abruptly than we'd intended and requiring some getting used to. When hitting bumps, there's little or no kickback to the steering. But even the strangest control read iDrive isn't all that difficult to use. So maybe you understand how the designers and engineers at probably feel about now.
Wood trim is spread tastefully on the dash, center console and elsewhere. The added size translates into welcome increases in almost every cabin dimension, most notably nearly two inches of additional rear-seat legroom. In the end, that—not iDrive—may be its undoing. It's very comfortable in heavy traffic. Serviceable ground transport is a commodity available at a third of the price and with far fewer liquid-crystal distractions. How about 0-to-60 in a -estimated 5. It is a loyal partner to the engine in lovingly smooth but snap-to-it shifts.
Underneath the styling sit several important parameters: This 7 Series is substantially taller than its predecessor 2. But the jumble of lines and angles that are the lava flow spilling down the tail is out of place on a body where the forward two-thirds are so clean and harmonious. Overall, there's much to like about the new 530i. It will achieve your wishes quickly and efficiently, occasionally bending the laws of physics in the process. The quiet cabin provides a perfect environment for a superb stereo that delivers crisp highs, sharp bass, and clear mid-range tones. Impact energy transmitted by the narrow sidewalls is dispersed through the body with a gentle be-blunk.
Adaptive headlights that turn with the car and a Sirius satellite radio receiver are now optional. The later 8 Series coupes, sold in the U. Unless you have a state-of-the-art stereo at home, you'll hear things in your favorite songs you've barely noticed before. Trunk space is also improved, especially when the spare is deleted in favor of new optional run-flat tires. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic, translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the automobile-catalog. It's hard to rave about a vehicle that drives so well. Perhaps it's a testament to the iDrive's inherent logic that I was still able to access and operate even the most esoteric features without consulting the owner's manual.
And that's no small feat, given that the competition includes some of the best cars in the world. Owners should prepare themselves for serious reading time with the owner's manuals. Its responsive engine and six-speed automatic transmission, its magic-carpet ride quality, excellent handling and awesomely powerful brakes deliver the ultimate in big-sedan driver control. The long-wheelbase Li models are 5. None of the 7 Series models offer all-wheel drive, which is available on both of its most direct competitors: the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8. Because the iDrive system eliminates so many switches and knobs, the dash looks particularly clean and elegant.