Why the BMW 750iL is one of the best luxury cars ever made

Posted by Admin at 12 June 2014, at 14 : 06 PM

Why the BMW 750iL is one of the best luxury cars ever made

BMW has achieved the ultimate, they have improved on what’s become known as the Ultimate Driving Machine, the 750iL.

It’s an Automotive fact that BMW pioneered the concept of the sports sedan. Beginning in 1966 the 1600, which evolved into the legendary 2002, delighted driving enthusiasts around the world with its unique combination of performance and practicality. Perhaps not so widely know is that BMW pioneered yet another automotive concept some 10 years later. In 1977 the 7 Series introduced to the world the “luxury-performance” category.

The 7-series was introduced, with a 2.8 litre or 3.2 litre engine. Later a turbocharged 4.5 litre engine, became an available option for the 745i. In 1986 BMW introduced the new 730i, 735i, 735iL, 750i and 750iL. The L(long)-series became the exclusive series of limousine cars with 11.4cm longer wheelbase, dedicated solely to the backseat passengers.

As with the 1600, the 7 represented what BMW does best; artfully blending that which conventional automotive wisdom holds as contradictory characteristics. The result was an elegant car with a special appeal to drivers. It also set the rest of the industry off in a rush to emulate it. Today’s third-generation 7 Series sedans, featuring class leading luxury, technology and a driving experience true to its BMW heritage, still have the competition scurrying to keep up. Perhaps the most surprising fact about these special automobiles is the true value they represent.

The BMW 7 Series brought certain words to mind for AutoMuseum staff, their words were; smart, confident, classic edge, timeless, very crisp, athletic body design, and a very refined expressive functionalism was aired by our Director of Design.

The 7 Series has a great model line-up, starting with the 750iL, the only V-12 in its class. The flagship of the 7 Series, the 750iL is the epitome of luxury/performance. Its prestigious 5.4-liter, 326-horsepower, self-tuning V-12 engine, also used in the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, can speed the 750iL from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. The 740i and the 740iL are powered by the BMW 282-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine. BMW V-8s are known for their power in any gear. The V-8 will move both the 740i and iL from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.

And optional very nice Sport Package adds an exclamation point to the 7 Series. Developed for the North American market and unique to its class, the 740i Sport Package comes with high-performance tires on 18-inch M Parallel Spoke alloy wheels, a special M-tuned suspension, an automatic/clutchless manual STEPTRONIC transmission with calibrated torque converter, a higher rear axle ratio (0-60 in 6.8 seconds), front contour sport seats, shadowline exterior trim and Vavona redwood interior trim.

Every 7 series car comes with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard equipment to help you avoid the surprises that the road, other drivers can toss your way. Building on Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and All Season Traction (AST) technology, DSC monitors front-wheel rotation, steering wheel angle and lateral acceleration. If the system detects any oversteer or understeer, such as when entering a corner too quickly, it modulates engine power and can independently and individually apply the front and rear brakes to help keep your car under control. Another driver-assistance technology, driver and front passenger Active Comfort Seats, adjustable in 16 ways, with oscillating surface for anti-fatigue, are standard on the 750iL and optional on other 7s.

The 7 Series has 10 inflatable safety systems. “Smart” dual-threshold driver and passenger front airbags deploy at one of two impact speeds – when airbags are most effective. There is front side impact airbags in each door, also in a severe side impact BMW’s Head Protection System (HPS) deploys which helps protect the driver and front seat passenger’s heads. Optional is rear side impact airbags and the HPS system.

If you are a person with special security needs, BMW also offers the 740iL and 750iL Protection cars. Built on the same production lines as standard 7 series models. Built with AramideTM fiber armored side panels, bullet-resistant (up to .44 magnum). Also featured is break and bullet-resistant glass and run-flat tires.

With its elegant luxury, advanced protection systems, excellent handling, and sports car performance, it was simple to chose the BMW 7 Series as the Luxury Car of the Year.

Features of the 750iL


Type: 24 valve, V12

Displacement: 5379 cc

Max horsepower: 326 BHP at 5000 rpm

Max torque: 490 Nm at 3900 rpm

Bore / stroke: 85.0 / 79.0 mm

Compression ratio: 10.0:1

Fuel system: Double electronic fuel injection


Overall length: 512.4 cm

Width: 186.2 cm

Height: 142.5 cm

Wheelbase: 307.0 cm

Tread, front: 155.2 cm

Tread, rear: 156.8 cm


Curb weight: 1925 kg

Gross vehicle weight: 2575 kg


Brakes, front: Ventilated discs

Brakes, rear: Ventilated discs

Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Tires: 235/60R 16 W

Wheelwidth: 7.5″


Fuel consumption: 7.2 km/L

Acceleration – 0-100 km/h: 6.8 s

Top speed: 250 km/h


Engine placement: Front, longitudinally mounted

Drive wheels: Rear wheel drive

Trunk capacity: 500 L

Fuel tank capacity: 95 L

Drag Coefficient: 0.32

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