The long-awaited redesign of BMW’s flagship sedan should please drivers and passengers alike.
“You have to be patient.” This is the counsel from my front-seat passenger, the BMW factory racecar driver Bill Auberlen, as we head down the first straight at New York’s Monticello Motor Club in the 750i xDrive, the top-of-the-line variant of BMW’s all-new 7 Series. “Don’t just crank the wheel,” he says. “Anticipate the turn and glide it in.”
The location begs the question of why BMW would bring media members here, to a racetrack, to drive the latest generation of its flagship. You would expect a 17-foot-long sedan to handle the circuit as nimbly and gracefully as a linebacker in full pads performing a sequence from Swan Lake.
Nevertheless, I press the accelerator, tapping into the twin-turbocharged V-8’s 445 hp and 480 ft lbs of torque, and quickly increase the car’s speed as it approaches the braking marker. Then I lift my foot from the gas pedal and squeeze on the brake, making each move a little sooner and a little longer than usual to compensate for the car’s size. As the car bends into the turn, the tires squeal slightly and the body rolls a little, but we sail through with the stability of a barge and the agility of a runabout.
As for the question about the location of this test-drive, the answer is now clear: We are driving the new 7 Series around a racetrack because we can.
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