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2009 BMW 7-Series Review
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The 2009 BMW 7 Series represents BMWs full-size luxury vehicle. Available in the 750i trim level, as well as the longer wheelbase 750Li, it is equipped with a 4.4-liter 400 hp twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission with rear drive. The 750i seats five comfortably within its 120.9-inch wheelbase; it measures out at a total length of 199.8 inches.
Standard equipment on the 750i includes 18-inch alloy wheels with run flat tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view and power folding, keyless ignition/entry, power glass sunroof, brake hill holder, four-wheel independent double wishbone front and multi-link rear adaptive suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), emergency braking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes with brake drying, cornering lights, daytime running lights, high pressure headlight washers, auto delay off dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling, stability control, traction control, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, 16-way power heated driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, premium leather upholstery, bucket front seats, rear ventilation ducts with fan control, cruise control, front console with storage, first aid kit, speed-proportional power steering, universal remote transmitter, 12-volt power outlets, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, interior charcoal air filter, four-zone climate control with extended cabin heating, sun sensor, alloy/leather/wood interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for two drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, compass, DVD-based navigation system with voice activation and real-time traffic, BMW iDrive electronics controller, and 205-watt AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/USB/Surround sound audio system with 10 speakers, 2 subwoofers, radio data system.
The 750Li is the 7 Series sedan with a 126.4-inch wheelbase, 5.5 inches longer than the 750i; its total length is 205.3 inches. It is equipped with the same engine and transmission as the 750i, and offers a self-leveling air suspension as well as more rear seat legroom.
Optional equipment includes the Cold Weather package that adds heated front seats and steering wheel. The Sport package features four-wheel steering, 19-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel, and roll stabilization. The Convenience package includes soft-close doors and a power trunk lid. The Luxury Seating package offers ventilated front seats, power rear and manual side sunshades, and includes the Cold Weather package. The Camera package consists of rearview and sideview cameras to aid in parking. The Driver Assistance package gives you the blind-spot warning system, auto high beams, and lane departure warnings.
Engines: 4.4-liter 450 hp twin-turbocharged V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: BMW 750i, BMW 750Li, BMW 760Li
The 2009 BMW 7 Series was redesigned for the 2009 model year. The 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine is new, as is the new hood, front fascia, and rear decklid. The iDrive interface system was improved, and it no longer provides controls for the audio system.
The 2009 BMW 7 Series was restyled to look more similar to the 6 Series coupe. The 750Li has a different roofline. Aluminum was used in much of the body to decrease the overall weight of the vehicle; some components are also made of composite material. Xenon HID headlights are standard this year, and the headlights move with the steering wheel to provide light when cornering.
The iDrive controller was improved; the audio system is no longer part of the system. The seats are well-bolstered and comfortable. Leg room is enhanced, especially in the longer 750Li. Three passengers will fit comfortably in the back seat, even on long drives. The 10.2-inch LCD screen is centrally located on the dashboard. The gear selector moves to the central console.
Premium leather covers the seat, dashboard, and part of the door panels. Alloy and wood trim completes the luxurious appointments. The trunk offers a cavernous 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space, so it should be able to handle the luggage and golf clubs used for weekend getaways.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 BMW 7 Series offers a single engine option: the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that generates 400 hp and 450 ft-lb of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission offers a manual shift control. The Dynamic Driving Control system lets the driver choose from one of four settings: Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus. This customized their driving preference with regards to suspension, power steering assist, throttle response, and stability control.
The optional four-wheel steering that is included the Sport package will make parking and lane changes easier.
Standard safety equipment includes ABS, a full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, and active head restraints.
Optional safety equipment includes a lane-departure system, which alerts the driver if the vehicle drifts into another lane. Blind-spot detection is also optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 760Li: 13/20 mpg city/highway
- Improved iDrive system
- Seating comfort
- Superior handling
- Adaptive suspension
You Won't Like
- Gas guzzler tax
- No AWD option
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