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The 5th generation F01/F02 BMW 7 Series flagship forum. The redesigned 7 series leads off the BMW Fxx chassis code, offering an 8 speed automatic transmission and all turbocharged engine options.

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:22 PM
chrischeung chrischeung is offline
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Do you drive your 7 series like an M3?

I've been driving my 7 series on the road like I used to drive my M3. But frankly, I'm finding it while not exactly tiring, it requires more concentration than I'm used to. Do you get that feeling?

With my M3, and also the E60 5 series I had prior, I used to dart in and out of traffic, have no concerns scooting up the inside lane, and jockeying for the shortest lane at the lights. However, with the 7's extra width, long wheelbase (I'm concerned against cutting a corner too tight), it's taking more concentration than I like. Instead I'm thinking to get the best enjoyment out of it, rather than driving it like a nimble sporty car, which it can do if needed with speed and control, to do so is counter productive. I'm better served to take it easy, stick to the middle or outside lanes, and when gaps in front allow, just use the thrust of the twin turbo V8. I'll get to my destination at the same time, but much more rested and comfortable.

One thing though, the 7 seems to be more composed no matter how I drive. The wife and kids used to cry bloody murder every time I got aggressive with the M3 or other cars. But not with the 7 series. The way it coddles and isolates you from the outside world is uncanny.

Care to share your experiences?
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Last edited by chrischeung; 06-02-2012 at 07:20 PM.
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