For once the little boy inside me took over as I stood there
giggling like a lad out to play a prank on people. There was no one inside the
beautifully designed BMW 730Ld M Sport that stood in the middle of a deserted
road with a just a handful of curious onlookers. I was testing the Remote
Controlled Parking feature of the car.
I stood close to the car and fiddled with the remote display key
which lets you know different information about your 7-Series via a small LCD
screen. As onlookers started at me wondering what I was up to, I started the
car through the remote and then lo and behold, it moved forward on its own as I
walked along with it. The little key also allowed me to drive it in reverse. It
was as though I was playing with a remote controlled toy car, the size of a 7
series. Onlookers could not believe
their eyes. Not many realised that this feature is meant to get rid of your
woes of parking into tight spaces.
Is this BMW 730Ld M Sport the holy grail of technology, I asked
myself as I stepped into the uber cabin of the car? As I took the driver's seat
the infotainment screen displayed the message "Welcome Joshua". That
was just the beginning. An arsenal of hi-tech features lay in wait to be
discovered by me and I was as curious and excited as a little boy when he steps
into a toy shop for the first time in his life.
If you truly want to find out what it means to be sitting in the lap
of luxury go take a ride in the swanky BMW 730Ld M Sport. Apart from the fact
that BMW has given the new 7 series sharper looks with a more aggressive
overall design, they have also added some industry leading tech features to
deliver never-like-before convenience and comfort. For instance with one push
of a button the rear seat will recline and co-driver's seat folds in to make
for a very relaxing position to cruise around town in. If that's not all, the
very same seats will give you a massage. No, not like the ones you get in a spa
but they are quite relaxing.
BMW has even tailored in an array of in cabin lighting to truly
create a rich, futuristic and trend setting appeal in the cabin. You even get
the option of setting the lights to suit your mood by selecting through and
array of different colours and intensities. While outside temperatures were
soaring around the 44 degree Celsius mark I was pretty comfy inside thanks to a
4 zone air conditioning set up. Despite having leather upholstery the
ventilated seat backs available on the BMW 730Ld will ensure overall comfort. BMW
has also neatly incorporated an Android based 7 inch tablet, placed in the rear
centre console. This tablet allows the rear seat occupants to control the many
in-cabin functions being offered on this new 7-Series. From the seat massage
function to changing the cabin temperature or the ambient lighting, it can all
be controlled by the passenger via this tab which can also be released and held
in your palm.
In fact the level of convenience which BMW is offering on the new
7-Series is unparalleled. Even blinds for privacy are motorised and open or
close at just the touch of a button. This heady concoction of technology
already had me feeling woozy but there was so much more to explore and the list
seemed to be endless. BMW has also added a choice of Ambient Fragrances which
can be selected by the passenger through the tab interface or by the driver.
Come to think of it, the people at BMW have managed to seamlessly
integrate technology with the overall functionality of this saloon. It all
comes together neatly with sublime ergonomics and ease of operation. Like a
cherry on the cake, the German auto giant has also integrated gesture controls
which allows the driver to control different functions and shortcuts of the
infotainment setup using hand gestures. So to turn the volume up or down all I
needed to do was make a hand gesture of rotating a knob clockwise or
counterclockwise respectively. All of this technology bundled together so well
in my book would simply be a benchmark to work up towards by the rest of the
This saloon is powered by a 2993cc, 6 cylinder diesel engine which
turns 265hp at 4000rpm and whips up a beefy 620Nm of torque from 2000-2500rpm.
The engine has been mated to an 8-Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic
Transmission. To drive this 7-Series feels powerful and sporty. It can
accelerate from standstill to a 100kmph in just 6.2 seconds. While it does
appear to be graceful and elegant let not its looks deceive you, the 7-Series M
Sport is devilishly quick and agile. It also gets a host of handy driver aides
like Corner Braking Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction
Control all of which make the saloon a lot safer and easier to drive.
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