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Reviewers like the 7 Series for its strong engine line-up, secure handling, comfortable seats and crisp styling. They are less enamored with its artificial steering feel, sluggish throttle response, improved-but-still-complex technology and a relatively firm ride.
The 740i, with its 315 horsepower twin-turbo inline-6, sports a good mix of performance, fuel efficiency and value while the 400 horsepower V8-powered 750i adds more luxe and all-wheel-drive.
The 760Li offers a 535-horsepower V12, long-wheelbase roominess and advanced technology in the form BMW’s Integral Active Steering and a heads-up display with infrared night vision. A Activehybrid 7 is also available (covered separately).
BMW’s iDrive infotainment system has improved, but tasks like selecting a mix of transmission, suspension, steering and throttle settings remain somewhat difficult.
Nevertheless, the 7 is a comfortable and quick long-distance cruiser, with impressive standard equipment. The 740i in particular is a solid value in this category.
Three models (740i, 750i, 760Li) constitute the 2012 BMW 7 Series lineup (the ActiveHybrid 7 is covered separately). The 740i and 750i are available in short- or long-wheelbase configuration.
The entry level 740i offers 18-inch wheels, an Active Suspension, navigation and four-zone climate control. A 3.0-liter 315 horsepower, 330 pound-feet inline-6 moves it to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and returns 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
The 750i adds standard 19-inch wheels, a power trunklid and 14-way power seats, along with all-wheel drive and a 400 hp, 450 lb-ft. 4.4-liter V8. This engine hauls the 750i up to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and gets EPA ratings of 15/22/17.
The flagship 760Li includes most equipment that is optional on the other trims, from Integral Active Steering to a 16-speaker premium sound syatem. A 6.0-liter V12, offering 535 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, moves this 7 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The 760i also adds six inches of rear legroom.
The EPA rates the 2012 BMW 760i at 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.
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