Review: BMW 750 Li

Just a wave of the hand is all you need to control this new tech savvy sedan.

Damien Reid May 21, 2016

Very few cars hit the market that, to be honest, leave your mouth gaping in terms of what they can do that others can’t when it comes to the techy wow factor.

The BMW 7-Series is genuinely revolutionary in a number of areas, despite the fact it looks quite similar to the model it replaces, but it’s what’s inside and underneath that makes this car the next generation luxury mobile.

Being all–new means it’s effectively now made from a mix of carbon fibre, aluminium and high-strength steel with the main pillars constructed from carbon fibre, plastic is used for the guards and it has aluminium doors and bootlid which brings its weight down by 15 per cent or about 85kgs.

So when you kick that twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 into action it now leaps with more urgency as it has a lot less weight to propel and can get you to 100kmh in a sportscar-like 4.3 seconds. Its air suspension also allows you to play with the ride height for better performance, economy or ground clearance.

But it’s inside that will impress the most and especially in the rear with a one-touch function that converts the passenger’s side rear seat into virtually a lie-flat bed complete with foot stool and if that doesn’t send you into slumberland than the many built-in massaging options in the seat surely will. 

The rear seat passenger has access to all the driver’s controls for climate, window blinds, sunroof operation, seat positions, TVs and audio controls all via touch screen controls on the iPad console that is docked in the centre rear armrest.

Specs

  • Engine: 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8
  • tTransmission: 8-speed auto
  • Power: 450bhp @ 5500rpm
  • Torque: 651Nm @ 1800rpm
  • 0-100kmh: 4.4 seconds
  • Top speed: 250kmh
  • Price: AED 575,000

Upfront, the driver has driver aids including park assist and lane assist that will stop the car from wandering into other lanes and when you arrive, will park itself. For the gadget freaks the best toy however is the gesture recognition technology so a wave of the hand will answer/hang up phone calls while a twirl of the finger in mid air will adjust the audio volume. 

This will genuinely freak the unsuspecting passengers out and is worth it for that alone. Yes, the new 7-Series is a proper look at how we’ll be commuting in the future which for now is reserved to those who can afford the AED 575,000 price tag.