Sapphire Black Metallic
Black
6.0 Liter Aluminum 12
6 Speed Automatic
  • 6.0 liter / 439 horsepower
  • ZF 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission
  • New 19-inch wheels and Pirelli tires
  • Sapphire Black Metallic paint
  • Black leather interior / Luxury package / Rear DVD player
  • Updated navigation system
  • New CD changer
  • Only 62,156 actual miles
  • Freshly serviced by BMW of Asheville and Hendrick BMW Northlake
  • Sale includes recent service records

SUMMARY

* Only 62,156 actual miles
* 6.0 liter / 439 horsepower
* ZF 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission
* New 19-inch wheels and Pirelli tires
* Black leather interior / Luxury package / Rear DVD player
* New CD changer
* Updated navigation system
* Freshly serviced by BMW of Asheville and Hendrick BMW Northlake
* Sale includes recent service records
* Sapphire Black Metallic paint

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If you've paid attention to BMW over the years, you know that the 7 Series is not only the brand's flagship, but also a test bed for design cues and technologies that eventually trickle down to lesser models. And few cars, let alone BMWs, have sparked as much controversy as the E65 7 Series. Introduced in 2002 to replace the aging E38, the E65 mixed polarizing looks with more technology than most modern battleships. And, despite mixed first impressions, the car went on to become the best-selling 7 Series of all time simply because it was great to drive and be driven in. Dressed in striking Sapphire Black Metallic, this 2008 760Li is a low-mileage example of the cool line-topper so many BMW enthusiasts have grown to love. Freshly serviced, and clean in every way, the car is a perfect combination of luxury, power and value. And, if you've been shopping for a sophisticated sedan that virtually oozes comfort, it's that value of the year!

BODYWORK/TRIM

The 7's appearance was a joint effort between Adrian van Hooydonk and then BMW Chief Designer Chris Bangle. Though the car seems straightforward at first glance, a closer looks reveals a complex blend of short, long, angular, and curved lines that combine to give the E65 its calm and stately appearance. The front remains pure BMW with prominent kidney grilles framed by dual bi-xenon headlamps. The side profile extends a straight line from the edge of those headlamps all the way back to the taillights. Dual heated rearview mirrors anchor graceful A-pillars while providing added convenience when the weather outside is frightful. Above those mirrors, a coupe-like roofline flows in to a split-level decklid that critics nicknamed the “Bangle Butt”. Thanks to a distinctive light bar, luxurious chrome trim and bold “760Li” badging, no one will ever question this BMW's identity. And overall, this stately sedan presents crisp, blemish-free aesthetics, which are draped in the kind of excellent fit and finish that's so closely associated with the world's top-tier luxury cars.

ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN

Since BMW doesn't create M versions of the 7 Series, the E65's performance crown is carried by cars like this 760Li. And they certainly carry it well, as ample motivation is provided by a stout 6.0 liter twin turbo V12. A modernized successor to the storied M73 V12, the N73 utilizes dual overhead cams and Valvetronic variable valve lift to twist 439 horsepower into 442 lb./ft. of smooth torque. With that kind of thrust at its disposal, this relatively heavy sedan is capable of still impressive 5.4 second 0-60 sprints. Behind that mill, a ZF-developed Steptronic 6-speed monitors a variety of parameters in order to best adapt to the owner's preferred driving style. The chassis is equally sophisticated, featuring systems like Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control and Dynamic Braking Control, which clamps down on electronically proportioned 4-wheel ventilated discs. Steering is fully adaptive, thanks to its speed-sensitive, variable-assist, variable-ratio power rack-and-pinion setup. Rolling stock consists of attractive 19-inch alloys, which meet the road through new Pirelli rubber. And all these systems pair with an aluminum double-pivot strut-type front suspension, and 4-link integral rear suspension, to create a driving experience that's worthy of the tagline “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

INTERIOR

Pop the doors and this E65 offers all the luxury you've come to expect from a premium European automaker. The Black leather interior is accented by large expanses of wood, which can be found on the dash, center console and door panels. The front features accommodations for two on heated bucket seats, while a large standard seat fills the rear. Between those seats, the well-dressed console anchors iDrive infotainment: a central computer system that initiates things such as climate, audio and navigation from a single location. From the driver's seat, a simple gauge cluster mixes plainspoken telemetry with attractive orange lighting. In front of those instruments, control of the front wheels is granted through a leather-wrapped steering wheel that's mounted atop a power tilt/telescopic column. Above the driver, a large sunroof brings the outdoors inside. And behind the passengers, a cavernous trunk makes the car ideally suited for extended travel.

SERVICE HISTORY

At some point, every car needs a little TLC. When we found this awesome BMW, we took the liberties of having two separate dealerships address anything that might deter potential buyers. Here's a breakdown of the service records included with the car's sale:

BMW OF ASHEVILLE

* Installed four new wheels
* Mounted and balanced new run-flat tires
* Replaced front brake pads
* Replaced front brake rotors
* Replaced right front brake caliper
* Replaced SZL module
* Conducted an oil change

HENDRICK BMW NORTHLAKE

* Replaced PCV valve and corresponding hoses
* Replaced intake gasket
* Replaced CD changer
* Installed navigation update
* Completed 16-point vehicle inspection

The BMW 7 Series has always had an authoritative presence. The E65s took that presence and enhanced it into a car that everyone stops and notices. Powerful, luxurious, and worthy of the word “flagship”, it's difficult to think of a more comfortable road trip car. If you loved the distinctive styling of the E65 but had a hard time swallowing a $100k+ price tag, here's your opportunity to buy a practically new 760Li for roughly half that inconvenience. After all, everyone deserves a little luxury!

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