BMW’s flagship model - the 7 Series, available only as a saloon or full size luxury limo is known for introducing innovative technologies and new external design themes before they are used in other BMW cars. The facelifted version has seen some subtle cosmetic modifications and is loaded with extra equipment.
Here’s an account of the aesthetic and functional features that adorn the top of league model in India: 760Li, powered by 5972 cc V12 engine:
With a powerful 6 litre engine underneath its hood this swanky 7 series looks elegant and royal. Revised detailing on the nose and a more upright kidney shaped chrome grille give it a grand profile. The elongated twin barrel headlamps have xenon lights, daytime running light, automatic headlight range control and a washer system. The 760Li has new fog lamps lined with chrome. A length of 5219mm makes it the longest BMW car and the side profile is sleek with a crease line running through the upper part of door panels. Body coloured ORVMs are heated and can be electrically adjusted and retracted. Large, rectangular tail lamps with LED strips adorn the rear profile. Chrome lining styles the edge of the bootlid and has also been put as a strip below the bumper.
The roomy cabin of this top end 7 series trim is as opulent as its exteriors. With slightly angled dashboard and central console, the driver gets easy access to all important controls. And thanks to ample legroom and rear entertainment set-up, the privileged passengers at the back enjoy in a rich world of their own. The two tone interiors can be customised in a range of available colour combinations. BMW has added new equipment in form of new digital displays for the dials that change colour as you toggle between the Comfort, EcoPro and Sport driving modes. Cruise control and audio control buttons for entertainment system mount the steering wheel. Radio, DVD changer, MP3 decoder and USB interface make up for entertainment on rear seats. For display, there are two 9.2 inch high resolution screens behind the front seats. And the iDrive control for this set up has been put on the rear centre armrest. The aesthetics and ergonomics of 760Li cabin exude a strong feel of refinement.
Two-zone climate control for front and rear keeps the cabin temperature at comfortable levels. Powered blinds on the rear glass and windows further insulate the interiors for an ideal temperature. The plush seats in front can be electrically adjusted for height & lumbar support. Furthermore, all seats are heated, cooled and have massaging functions. You may be behind the wheels or on a passenger seat, it is truly luxurious to be inside the cabin of the 760Li. Along with big armrests between the seats, door armrests have also been fitted for adequate support. Bluetooth phone facility lets the driver receive and make calls without taking a hand off the steering wheel. Among other standard comfort features you get automatic wiper, parking assist, keyless entry and central locking.
Being the most luxurious BMW saloon, this 7 series variant comes with 8 airbags, anti lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability program, traction control and cornering brake control. Side impact beams and crash sensors are some other safety elements. The anti theft features in this car include engine immobilizer and alarm system. Standard BMW safety elements are common with other 7 series variants.
The 760Li costs Rs 1.39 crore (ex showroom price Delhi) and is the most expensive BMW model available in India. With its bulky engine, it cannot afford a decent fuel economy and has an ARAI figure of 7.6 km/litre. Fabricated particularly for those who prefer to be driven around, this 7 series is pure luxury on wheels.