BMW's flagship sedan promises the ultimate cruising experience for buyers shopping at the very top of the passenger car market. While all 7 Series sedans offer full-size comfort and swift performance, only the 760 carries a V12 engine and rides on a limo-like 126-inch wheelbase.
For 2014, the 760 receives only details changes. The previously optional Harman Kardon audio system is now standard, as is BMW's Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, which changes gauges and displays based on the selected driving mode. The iDrive controller adds a multifunction touchpad surface that makes interacting with the system faster and more intuitive.
The 760's extended wheelbase sets the tone for rest of the car. It doesn't so much roll along as it glides like a bullet train. Even so, the BMW doesn't look ungainly in stretched form, just more prestigious. All that extra space is concentrated in the rear compartment, where passengers enjoy full access to a plethora of infotainment and convenience technologies.
Just about every surface is slathered in BMW's finest leather or high-gloss wood. The ambiance isn't as over-the-top as it could be in this price range, which might disappoint fans of conspicuous consumption, but the relative restraint should play well with brand loyalists.
Under the Hood
The 760's powerplant reflects its position as BMW's halo sedan. The twin-turbo 6-liter V12 delivers 535 horsepower and is matched to an eight-speed automatic. The target market probably isn't too concerned about the price of fuel, which is a good thing as the V12 does no better than 13 mpg in the city. Efficiency perks up on the highway, where the 760 is rated at 20 mpg.
Despite its 5,000-pound curb weight, the 760 sprints to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, proof that inertia can be defeated given enough engine. The standard Driving Dynamics Control adjusts the car's systems to one of three driving modes: Sport, Sport+ and Comfort+. Whatever your preference, the 760 never fails to deliver confident handling and a supple ride.
The current 7 Series isn't quite as athletic as past iterations, a conscious decision by BMW to make the line more appealing to luxury car buyers. The payoff is a stunningly good long-distance cruiser brimming with power and prestige.
While the entire 7 Series line is large and powerful, the 760Li ups the ante with a 535-horsepower V12 and 126-inch wheelbase. Nearly every conceivable luxury is standard, including four-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled seats all around, rear-seat memory, voice-activated navigation with 10.2-inch color display, and power trunk lid operation. Special high-gloss wood trim is deployed throughout the interior.
On the safety front, the 760 offers run-flat performance tires, surround-view cameras with parking sensors, adaptive brake lights, steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights with high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, and blind spot detection.
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Available V12 and extended wheelbase, impeccable interior quality, a bit bland outside
Mouth-watering interior, silky V12, gets pricey with options
Sleek and nimble, but V8-only
Limo-like room and ride, unique hybrid V8, trails the V12s in performance