The Best of the Best 2003: Sedans - BMW 760Li
The V-12 is becoming a very expensive item, as evidenced by the $300,000-plus, 12-cylinder-powered Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mercedes- Benz Maybach. For drivers who seek the big block at a relatively reduced price, the $115,000 BMW 760Li offers V-12 performance that is comparable to its superluxury counterparts.
The 438-hp engine of the second-year 7 Series propels the sedan from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds, instantly branding the BMW as a driver’s car. Steering wheel–mounted buttons allow for manual shifting—a feature not available in last year’s 745i—although the automatic 6-speed transmission effortlessly clicks through the gearbox.
Like the Phantom and the Maybach, the 760Li can easily transform itself into a limousine. A backseat iDrive system allows you to watch DVDs on a center console-mounted screen, change radio stations, and chart the route to your next meeting. Rarely can a six-figure car be considered a bargain, but when you compare the 760Li to some of the other four-door offerings, it seems like a steal.