2016 BMW 740i Sedan Test Drive Review

2016 BMW 740i Sedan Test Drive Review
- rear-wheel-drive 740i sailed through the cold weather, never struggled to find traction, fitted with Pirelli Sottozero Serie II winter tires, at a cost of $1556, reason is modulated, progressive throttle for dispatching torque

- redundancies such as gesture controls, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and standard audio controls, the iDrive infotainment system

- rotary knob and function buttons for navigation, audio, phone menus

- gentle freeway curves require constant corrections, the steering handling is worst

- $250 display key, a high-tech fob with a tiny touchscreen that can show information such as the projected range and whether the windows are open or closed

- smart key is taller and wider and no thicker than the average key fob

- fob the convenience of a proximity key, passive entry, and push-button start and charged either by plugging it into a wall socket or by slipping it into a wireless charging sleeve inside the center console

- the BMW 740i perform flawlessly

- car is adaptive cruise control and a massaging driver’s seat away from road-trip perfection

- quiet cabin, the comfortable front seats, the spacious accommodations in the rear, a high-tech convenience feature

- lane-keeping assist and forward-collision warning are unobtrusive but helpful

- turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, average fuel economy to 27 mpg

- a weird, nonlinear heft added to the steering in Sport mode, a good deal of float in the chassis on the highway in Comfort

- $4100 Executive package includes 20-way seats, power-adjustable headrests, power thigh extensions, four-way lumbar

- 7-series is less about driving and more about riding

- sixth-generation 7-series takes the first baby steps toward automated highway driving with optional adaptive cruise control and brief stints of self-steering lane keeping

Starting Price $82,295
Vehicle Type 4 door sedan, front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, direct fuel injection
Transmission 8-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 320 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 330 lb-ft @ 1380 rpm
Displacement 183 cu in, 2998 cc
Wheelbase 126.4 in
Length 206.6 in
Width 74.9 in
Height 58.2 in
Curb weight 4385 lb
Passenger volume 115 cu ft
Cargo volume 18 cu ft
0-60 mph 4.8 sec
0-100 mph 11.9 sec
Top speed 155 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 5.6 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 2.9 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 3.5 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 159 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 21/29 mpg
C/D observed 26 mpg