2009 750 New Car Test Drive
The 2009 BMW 7 Series is a complete redesign, marking the beginning of the fifth generation of this legendary marque's flagship sedan. The 2009 7 Series comes in 750i and 750Li versions. The BMW 750Li has a longer wheelbase, extended by 5.5 inches over the 750i, offering a ride that's even more luxurious, hard as that might be to fathom.
The 2009 BMW 750Li and 750i feature a new generation of V8 engine, with direct injection and twin turbocharging. This 4.4-liter V8 makes 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, awesome numbers for an engine that small, thanks to the turbos. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. Weight-efficient construction and innovative chassis technology contribute to superior driving dynamics that have come to be expected from a BMW, especially the high end models like the 7 Series. However, despite the use of lighter chassis materials, the 750Li gains 86 pounds, on account of more equipment, such as driver assistance systems and comfort related features.
Both the exterior and interior have been redesigned for 2009. The 750Li has its own roofline, and the silhouette is sleeker than ever. The body has no transparently gratuitous scoops or scallops, and the car's size and lines clearly say eighty thousand dollars (roughly the base price), if not one hundred and ten, the total price of our 750Li test model. The interior is as classy and luxurious as you should expect.
The 2009 BMW 7 Series comes in BMW 750i ($80,300) and long-wheelbase BMW 750Li ($84,200) models.
Standard equipment includes Nappa leather and wood grain interior trim, navigation system, HD radio, dynamic cruise control, halogen fog lights, xenon adaptive headlights with auto leveling and cornering movement, adaptive brake lights.
Options include Active Roll Stabilization ($1800); alloy wheels with performance tires ($1300); instrument panel with leather trim ($1200); power rear sunshade and manual rear door sunshades ($1000); ceramic controls ($650); active cruise control ($2400); head-up display $1300); and night vision with pedestrian detection ($2600). Option packages include Convenience ($1700); Cold Weather ($800); Camera ($750); Driver Assistance ($1350); Luxury Seating ($2500); Premium Sound ($2000); Rear Entertainment ($2200); and Sport ($4900).
Safety equipment includes an integrated ABS with Dynamic Stability Control including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features, with Dynamic Traction Control and Dynamic Brake Control. There is also BMW's Advanced Safety System with front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, and front and rear Head Protection System; and finally a tire pressure monitor. Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning is part of the optional Driver Assistance Package.
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