730Ld M sport

Once a barge, al­ways a barge? Not in this case

Evo - - FAST FLEET - Nick Trott (@evon­ick­trott)

It’s Been a fas­ci­nat­ing first month with the BMW 730Ld. as al­luded to in last month’s re­port, it’s the qual­ity of the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that makes the strongest im­pres­sion, rather than the ex­ten­sive tech­nol­ogy fea­tures.

so what im­presses? firstly, the steer­ing. fluid, lin­ear, evenly weighted and pre­cise, it al­lows you to place the car with an ac­cu­racy that be­lies its colos­sal size. how big? at 5.25 me­tres long it’s longer than a long-wheel­base range rover, and it’s about the same width as an f12tdf. the rear-steer in­ter­venes sub­tly, im­prov­ing turn-in and cre­at­ing quite fan­tas­tic high-speed sta­bil­ity, while the air-sus­pen­sion matches the very, very best for ride and han­dling. that in­cludes Bent­ley and rolls-royce.

Most im­por­tantly, the 7-se­ries is prov­ing ca­pa­ble of dish­ing up pretty solid driv­ing thrills. of course, it’s not a car to drive on its door han­dles, but

Idi­alling in sport mode and tack­ling a se­ries of bends is far from joy­less. of the on-board tech, I don’t think I’ll ever men­tion the ges­ture-con­trol again be­cause it does noth­ing that the steer­ing wheel but­tons or voice­con­trol can’t do more safely. I can’t see how a UI that asks the driver to take their hand off the wheel ful­fils any need. a col­league ar­gued that per­haps BMW is prepar­ing us for ges­ture-con­trol be­ing part of an au­ton­o­mous fu­ture, but I fig­ure voice-con­trol will be nailed by then.

on the pos­i­tive side, the rear tablet works bril­liantly, as do the on-board in­ter­net and HUD. also, thank­fully, the owner’s man­ual that’s buried in the idrive is key­word search­able and easy to use. and I’ve been us­ing it rather a lot.

Lastly, our car has suf­fered a crack in the wind­screen. and this isn’t an or­di­nary wind­screen – it’s a ‘cli­mate com­fort’ wind­screen that re­flects cer­tain wave­lengths of sun­light. It’s not ex­actly an off-the-shelf part, so there’ll be a short wait be­fore BMW can re­place it. Dateac­quired To­talmileage Mileageth­is­month Cost­sthis­month mpgth­is­month De­cem­ber 2015 7844 1337 £0 33.0

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