Even in my short time behind the wheel of the 750Li xDrive, the benefit of all-wheel drive was apparent. In our rear-wheel drive Four Season's 750Li, I've accidentally squealed away from numerous stoplights. But even in standing water, this XDrive model produces seriously quick forward motion without attracting police attention. Plus, because the V-8's turbo lag can make pulling away from a stop an all-or-nothing affair, sending power to all four wheels helps prevent its 450 lb-ft of torque from overwhelming the rear wheels.
Despite this, I'm still not enamored with the 7-series. Yes, it's fast, luxurious, and packed with every option known to man, but when I'm behind the wheel I, like Phil, feel a bit empty. It doesn't stir my emotions or make me feel like I've "arrived" the way a $100,000-plus luxury cruiser should.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor