Editor’s Note: the test drive of this vehicle took place before social distancing requirements were put in place.
With coronavirus no having completely taken over our lives, it’s hard to imagine anything ever getting back to normal. That would clearly include travel, and that naturally would include merely getting from Point Gay to Point Bea Arthur or Port Arthur, Texas (all you old hippies know its most famous daughter), much less doing it with any kind of class.
Still, if you are in the mood and can trust your instincts – and your car broker – this year’s 750 is still worthwhile, as is just about any BMW 7 Series. I say ‘trust’ because that’s basically what you will need to take possession of a 2020 model. A brand new one (the 740i starts at $86,450) can be delivered direct to your door. Not sure how long it will take, but Mercedes Benz will make sure it will come to you just how you like it.
(I suspect there are ways for you to test drive a car on the sly, I just don’t know of any. Ask your broker. Now more than ever, they want to make a sale. Remember that old Willie Nelson song ‘If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got The Time’? Trust me, they have the time.)
This year, the exterior styling has been refreshed, and it is impressive. It’s updated, to be sure. The headlights and taillights have a more rounded look, something that we used to call ‘futuristic’. Well, I guess with coronavirus, the future is here, so what timing, ya?
Believe it or not, you can now get a 12-cylinder trim if you so desire (a turbo, no less). I’m not sure what the point of that would be, but hey, some like it hotter than others. Eight-cylinders are still available, but IMHO, a six-cylinder should do you just fine depending on your needs.
There is also a hybrid plug-in model available. It’s part of the whole new demand for a cleaner-running vehicle, even among the luxury jet set. It will be a hybrid, so it will still use gasoline (petrol) and that will be a 6-cylinder engine only.
The one thing I’ve always liked about the 7 Series, especially the 750i xDrive sedan that I tested, is the interior, especially in the rear. This really is like riding in a limousine without feeling like you are driving and having to maneuver one.
Call me old fashioned, but if you are going to spend this kind of money on a car, it should pamper you, and the first place it should pamper you is your exterior while it is in the interior of the vehicle. I enjoyed driving the 750 (all you have to say is ‘750’ and people know of which you speak) and would love to have one, but alas, where would I park it?
I cannot tell you what the future, near or far, holds, and if I did, well, I’m not sure anyone would believe me. But I am fairly certain that Bavarian Motor Works will always have a winner on their hands with the 7 Series. It has stood the test of time and the 2020 model is no exception.
I would say go and test drive one, but…….