2010 BMW 750i xDrive Review - VIDEO ENHANCED
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MUNICH, June 25, 2009; This summer, BMW will introduce an updated version of its xDrive allroad system that is now used for the X5 and X6, and the 5 and 3 Series.
The new intelligent xDrive will debut on the 2010 models of the 750i and the 750iL, the first time the premium limo gets all wheel drive. Of course, it is meant to attack the competition of the Mercedes S 4Matic, Lexus LS AWD and Audi A8 quattro. In the near future, the renewed xDrive will also become available for the upcoming new 5 Series and the future 3 Series.
The 750i xDrive with its 407 hp strong V-8 TwinPower Turbo is prepared for bad road conditions, as was proved at the Autodrome de Miramas, BMW’s test facility in the south of France, that was a Formula 1 race track until the ‘50s. At first, we drove the standard 750i with rear wheel drive on the public roads on a winding road through the mountains, exchanging it for the xDrive model and afterward for a 5 Series with the current xDrive. The differences are a bit hard to recognize, as we could not drive dynamically with the heavy traffic, this morning. But within the concrete walls of the test track we could indeed.
We exchange the extreme situation at the slope for something that is more from real life: on the road course that is constantly sprayed with water. The 750i behaves as I expected. ESP is interfering and lets you go safely through the bends. Push the button to switch off ESP, or DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) in BMW terms, then the tail wants to hang out. That is true rear wheel drive, especially nice for playing, but undesired in daily traffic. With xDrive, the 7 Series handles really nice and is safe, DSC interferes somewhat later and when you switch it off, the car remains stable longer. The 750i xDrive comes standard with Dynamic Drive. This is an active suspension system that cancels out the body roll when cornering or changing direction abruptly. Performance Control brakes the inner rear wheel a little bit (through DSC) in order to give a better steering feel when entering a corner.
I am convinced that when you live in the northern American states, Canada or European countries where the weather can get real bad, the xDrive will add to the joy of driving a luxury limo like the 750i. In those markets the 750i and its longer version will be available from September.
Prices have been announced too. In the US the 750i costs $ 83,300 ex tax, in Germany the base price is 69.00 euro.
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© HHR June 2009