Escape Velocity - 2009 BMW 750i Long-Term Road Test

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2009 BMW 750i: Escape Velocity

June 27, 2009

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Our long-term 2009 BMW 750i snagged a roadtrip assignment this weekend it seems built for: hauling two couples around the tawny tufted hills of San Luis Obispo (SLO) on a real-estate scouting trip. We couldn't have chosen a more capable machine for the mission. Much like a veteran hunting dog that remains tranquil in its cage before being unleashed on the hunting field, the 750i calmly threaded its way through stop and go traffic out of L.A. Friday afternoon.

XM's Classic Rewind always sounds better with the weekend on tap, but in this Beemer the XM signal seems to carry more fidelity than in other XM applications, and the audio system provides solid mid-bass punch. As the 750 glides almost silently up the coast with the cooled seats set at the lowest position, the mild ventilation is a near perfect counter to the late-day sun parked over the Pacific.

I'm heading north to meet Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor Phil Reed and our spouses, who departed L.A. on the morning train. There's little hope of catching them, but the 750 should at least narrow the gap so we can all catch an earlier dinner. Once traffic finally breaks north of Santa Barbara, the twin-turbocharged V8 displays its own locomotive character. Spilling over with torque, it easily dispatches left-lane lollygaggers, while maintaining it's near silent demeanor. Though not on the same titanic plane as the Mercedes twin-turbocharged AMG V12, the direct-injected 4.4-liter V8 has a more agile feel to the way it revs, while only buttery vibrations make it into the cabin.

With traffic withering, and remaining left-lane squatters (are we in England?) getting a nice view of the 750's taillights, you realize that the 750i is not a machine for this continent. It can sweep down beautiful roads such as California's luscious Hwy 101 at speeds easily double the posted limit, but those are not things we're allowed here in the land of the free, and the left-lane squatters prove we haven't the discipline for it anyway. The 750i is the kind of machine built to make runs between L.A. and New York ...weekly.

Sadly, I'm only headed to SLO, and scythe off the 101 with plenty of daylight left, and spacious wheels to carry us all to dinner.

Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 11,406 miles

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