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Road Test: Mansory BMW 750i
When it comes to luxury sedan’s your choice almost always revolves around the big three German brands; Audi, Mercedes and BMW. The BMW 750i tuned by Swiss specialist Mansory Switzerland would be an interesting choice for people tend to the brand from Munich. Our vehicle in this week’s road test is the Mansory BMW 750i, a near perfect blend of driving fun, luxury and electronics enhanced by the German tuners from Zumikon at Lake Zurich.
With its imposing curbside presence, taut proportions and BMW styling the cues, the stock 7-Series has everything a luxury sedan should offer. The latest version (F01/F02) has no unusual or potentially off-putting details, and has an interior refinement from the highest standard. With the F01/F02 ageing, it is time to say farewell to the 7-Series that was here for at least four years. BMW is already working on a new version and we can expect a release pretty soon.
Still, this didn’t stop Mansory from releasing a complete tuning program, which should make the four-door limousine even more dynamic and unique. Mansory Switzerland AG introduced the modifying kit at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 and gave us the chance to experience the changes and improvements to the luxury sedan.
The look of the aerodynamics kit is based on vibrant elegance, according to the Swiss tuner. The component parts of the front bumper blend in with the fitted LED daytime running lights and the new carbon radiator grill and provide the Mansory 7-Series front with a more prominent face. The roof spoiler, the rear rim and the rear apron designed in the diffuser provide a stronger rear look. Mansory’s stylists took the classical form of the 7-Series and added their own distinctive front and rear face to it following the lines of BMW’s own M-Sport package.
BMW offers 18 inch light-alloy wheels as standard and 19 or 20 inch wheels on the option list. Mansory takes the wheel size a step further with their one-part polished rims measuring an impressive 22 inches. The wheels are 10 inches wide and accommodate high-performance tires measuring 265/35 at the front axle and 295/30 at the back. The larger wheels do not influence the ride massively. It is still overly comfortable with bumps hardly noticeable even when driving over bigger put holes. The handling is similar to the stock setup, cornering BMW-flat and true on any type of urban road.
On the subject of performance the Swiss tuner offers two packages for the 750i and 760Li. The kits consist of an optimized engine electronics combined with a sports air filter. The 4.4 liter V8 offers a stock performance of 402hp between 5,500-6,400rpm and 600Nm at 1,750-4,500rpm. Mansory upped the power to 490hp and 720Nm of maximum torque with the 750i, pulling almost one second of the sprint time to 100km/h and providing an additional oomph. The luxury sedan does the sprint in 4.3 seconds.
The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual control. It is only transmission available for this type of 7-Series offering smooth shift changes and the most driving orientated setup available in the lineup currently available. The Mansory sports exhaust system provides an improved growling sound. The end mufflers are made of stainless steel and the rectangular end pipes are integrated into the newly designed rear section.
On the inside, our test car had every single option available on the 7-Series option list. A central 10.2 inch display screen provides a stunning set of options and graphics inside the iDrive system. The interior highlights included user-friendly climate controls, an optional camera package, and an ergonomically re-designed multifunctional sports steering wheel from Mansory.
The seating position is excellent. The front seats are superb offering all-around support for long trips and power-adjustable side bolsters for the aggressive driving. The rear seats are a great place to stay, but passengers do not have an enormous amount of leg space. A ‘Li’ extended version is available in BMW’s lineup for customers asking for more space. If desired, the Mansory upholstery department can produce anything to make the customer’s heart grow even faster. Just ask and they deliver.
Nitpicks notwithstanding, the BMW 750i is a pleasure to drive. It will even oblige your inner race driver in tight corners, pushing the throttle even further when leaving the corner. The athleticism owes much to the 750i’s advanced adjustable suspension and wonderful handling coming standard in any of the current 7-Series. The additional noise coming from the new exhaust system and the improved push from the engine are a great extra in any daily drive or longer trip.
Its responsiveness and precision combined with the luxury comfort are commendable for its segment and Mansory did not influence any of these characteristics, they only added their own flavor but kept the true characteristic of the 7-Series. With the Mansory 7-Series you differentiate yourself on looks and the improved exhaust tune, but not preferably on those favorable road characteristics. Those were kept on a similar high level as BMW it intended to be.