Great brakes, SLO-speed touchiness - 2009 BMW 750i Long-Term Road Test

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2009 BMW 750i: Great brakes, SLO-speed touchiness

June 28, 2009

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Our long-term 750i's lethargic throttle tip-in has earned some comment, but on Day 2 of a real-estate road trip up to San Luis Obispo (SLO), it's the brakes that are garnering attention. For cars that are often used in a livery trade or for carting dignitaries of all types, a calm throttle tip-in is not unusual. That little bit of play in the first bit of the throttle's travel allows you to serenely circle courtyards and other public spaces without disturbing your passengers or mowing down the valet. In the 750i, once you get used to dipping through this first bit of throttle travel, smooth and timely getaways are a snap. The brakes have an alternate personality.

Cruising around SLO with a workmate and our spouses, the gentle gas-pedal tip-in is a boon to smoothness, allowing us to crawl around neighborhoods searching down real-estate addresses without inducing throttle whip-lash. The brakes are the opposite in their engagement, very touchy at the first sign of pressure.

At speed, the 750's binders are impressive: linear, excellent pedal feel and firmness, gobs of whoa power. When carting around friends at lower speeds however, the electric-swift touchiness of the binders becomes apparent, and requires some retraining of your right foot. For the throttle, you need to get through the first half-inch of play before you meet the useful portion of the throttle map. For the brakes, it seems the moment you rest your foot on the pedal, you earn a quick grab from the binders.

We've got it all sorted before a Starbucks run, helping keep the interior's ivory leather spot free, which is ridiculously comfortable for four average sized adults. As we cruise from listing to listing (to greet home prices that still seem out of whack with reality), we wonder aloud if we couldn't just move into the 750i, which costs more than homes we've all lived in, but somehow seems worth the sticker price.

Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 11,644 miles

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