Roadshow Video Reviews
2008 BMW 750iBMW's big sedan doesn't disappoint--but iDrive still does.
^B00:00:00 >> We are rolling the BMW 750i. Not quite the top of the line, but definitely qualifies for the "F" word, "flagship." Let's go for a spin in this big barnburner and check the tech. ^M00:00:13 [ Music ] >> Let's take a look at the nav system to start with. The resolution's great. I'm actually surprised some of those fonts are rendered so sketchily. That's surprising. Lexus would never do that. But nonetheless, it's a high quality display. Notice, it allows me to do address entry on the fly. I tend to like that more libertarianly than technically, but nonetheless. Now, one thing you notice about the system, not only the really good rendering, with the exception of some sketchy fonts, is the fact that it has extremely smooth tracking, whether you've got one screen up or two. Whatever it is, it tracks like it's a motion video as opposed to a klunk, klunk, klunk, klunk, klunk. Let's continue on. Going back to the top of the iDrive menu, here's my entertainment selections. And let's take a look at some of those. Obviously we have AM and FM, satellite radio, as you see. That would be Sirius on a BMW. Compact disc. A couple choices. Notice the CD and CDC. That is not the Centers for Disease Control. That's the single CD right there. And then, because our car's been upgraded, the CD changer, strangely packaged over there. You hit this button in the dash. Up goes the secret door. And out comes the cartridge that holds six discs. So your base audio system in this car, if you don't go for the premium sound package, is going to be 10 speakers and the single CD I showed you. We have the premium sound package. That adds Logic 7 sound processing, gives us 13 speakers, and, of course, the six disc changer. Of course, you have Bluetooth hands free standard on a car of this caliber. I mean you can't be the head of Deutsche Bank and be holding a phone to your head, can you? Now check this out. I've got a button over here with a little moonlight, crescent moon on it. I hit that and night vision is being activated. This is madness. I have typically found these to be jarring. You've got to take your eyes of the road and absorb that. And to me, that defeats the purpose of trying to make your driving safer. So that's still an "I don't get it" for me, but a total crowd pleaser. And the voice recognition guidance dude is the first of its kind. Normally, it's a stern German woman or some English in these cars. I mean no matter who makes the car. In this one, it's the Texan who flew my MD 80 to Atlanta last week. Listen. ^M00:02:31 [ System demo ] ^M00:02:41 He's from Houston. There's no two ways about it. ^M00:02:47 [ Music ] >> All right, let's price out this big guy. And it's not gonna be pretty. It's a 750, after all. Almost 77 thousand base, including destination, 18 hundred for premium sound. That would be the Logic 7 processing, 13 speakers, the six disc changer and a few other niceties. And by the way, base on this car is the coolest thing, stepless door checks. In other words, when you're opening and closing the door, they don't go to notches. They will stick anywhere. I love that. It's so simple. ^M00:03:19 [ Music ]