When driving a big sporty European sedan, such as the 2008 BMW 750i, we can't help but think we should be chasing James Bond through the Swiss Alps on some winding road while our compatriots lean out the windows and shoot at him. Of course, we know this scenario ends badly for us, with Bond pulling some kind of maneuver that will send us over a cliff with our car bursting into a ball of flame. But we can dream, can't we?
The 750i is a muscular, refined sport luxury car that sucks gas and could probably use an update. We found its tech options a mix of old and new, with very nice map resolution on its GPS, for example, offset by a disc player that can't read MP3 CDs. It does well on the luxury side, offering a very comfortable cabin. On the sport side, it is enjoyable to drive, with plenty of power on tap from its big V-8, but it is more of a cruiser than a canyon carver.