On this page I will gather information about the E32 750i such as articles etc.

Here is the chapter about the 750i from the book “BMW” by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch (ISBN: 3833110597).

Count Hans van der Goltz, supervisory board chairman of BMW AG, and his equally blue-blooded managing director, Dr Eberhard van Kuenheim, know what is right: “Noblesse oblige”. BMW was to be among those who set the future tone in the highest sedan society, echoing Maybach in the 1930s. Expensive handbuilt labor, little high-tech and incredibly high prices handicapped the noble British conveyance of aristocracy, Rolls-Royce. They were no competition for BMW – except that the name has that ring of royalty about it. The real competition in terms of numbers of cars registered was the S class from Mercedes Benz. Stuttgart was convinced the S class would not lose any buyers to Munich.

Wrong! The new 750i – the first German twelve-cylinder luxury car since the Second World War – overtook the S class in new cars registered in Germany as early as May 1987. It was almost unheard-of that the Bavarians should steal the show from Stuttgart’s Swabians in the luxury class. The only sound from Rolls was a surprised whisper. One was clearly “not amused”.

This miracle of Bavarian engine technology had a block and twelve cylinder heads made of aluminium. That is why the 2500 or so refined engine parts together did not weigh more than 530 lbs (240 kg). The crankshaft of the V-engine had seven bearings. Since the two halves of the V had their own drive units and catalytic converters, total engine failure was almost unthinkable.

The 5-liter engine could only be heard when it delivered all 300 bhp – something which happened at an engine speed of 5200 rpm, so it was nobly restrained but powerful. Simply majestic. The most modern engine management and four-speed automatic transmission with drive programs “Sport” and “Economy” belonged to the magnificent and splendid Bavarian aristocrat. The 1.8 tons of unladen weight could be accelerated to 62 mph (100 kph) in less than eight seconds, and BMW was content to limit top speed electronically to 155 mph (250 kph). Higher speeds than that world reduce driving comfort. This, in any case, was equivalent to being carried in a sedan-chair due to automatic stabilization and electronic shock absorber controls.

Luxury reigned in the cabin, with five comfortable seats of the finest leather. And however hard you looked, not even the smallest technical refinement invented to make car more comfortable was missing. Anyone wanting a drink cabinet or a television would be advised to choose the 4 inches (11 cm) longer 750iL. In 1987 the 750i still cost a modest 102,000 marks, the stretched (L-badged) version demanded 17,000 marks more. The refined pleasure of being able to afford this ultimate limousine was enjoyed by almost 20,000 obviously well-heeled people in 1987/88.

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