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BMW 760 Li

Broadcast dates : 2nd October 2005
8th October 2005

David Bullard hates driving around in big limos on his own. Which is why he invited Leratho Kganyago Miss Soweto 2005, to accompany him in the latest stretched BMW, the 760Li.

The first thing that struck Leratho about the big Beemer is the sheer luxury of the cabin and ride quality. This is floating on air Ė literally!

Thatís because the 760i comes with self-levelling air springs at the rear.

The suspension adjusts itself continually to road conditions and driver input. Itís absolutely mouth watering.

The modern BMW design language led by Chris Bangle has arrestingly bold themes, often obscured by ill-conceived detail work.

The revised 7 Series is a classic example of a successful metamorphosis. Just a few deft touches have made a big difference.

Introduced four years ago, the 7 Series drew gasps of horror from the Style Police, but proceeded to break all sales records for BMW. Interestingly, the previous generation "ugly" Mercedes-Benz S Class did the same thing for Daimler-Chrysler in the early 1990s.
There have been numerous revisions to the interior as well, including the introduction of an I-Drive system for the rear passengers.

Our test model was the top of the range 760Li model, with a stretched wheelbase for extra legroom, and top-level trim including a DVD player.

The controls have been made more user-friendly, while retaining the austere, understated look to the dash.

And of course the 760Li is powered by the silken V12 six-litre engine.

The only engine unchanged in the new 7 Series line-up is the V12, probably because it was well-endowed in the first place.

The big downer of the I-Drive is still there, in that airflow direction still needs a computer boot-up. Levers and dials still make so much more sense on the move.

The Beemer is that rare combination of almost brutal efficiency and genteel refinement. It comes very close to the S-Class in terms of overall poise, but of course a new Merc flagship has just been launched in Germany, and it remains to be seen how good will that car be.

The pace of engine development at BMW and Mercedes never ceases to astound us Ė itís reached the point where we are tempted to say Ė okay guys, enough already!

BMW 760 Li
  • Engine: V12 petrol, 5 972cc
  • Power: 327 kW @ 6 000 rpm
  • Torque: 600 Nm @ 3 950 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,5 seconds
  • Top speed: 250 km/h (limited)
  • Fuel consumption: 17,0 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R1 136 000
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