Ashtrays: 2013 BMW 760 Li

The fifth generation BMW 7 comes under scrutiny here.

2013 BMW 760 Li centre console.

Ah, the depths of my ignorance. Only a little bit of due diligence led me to discover that until the fifth generation 7er appeared in 2008, this line had McPherson struts at the front. BMW probably argued that if Lancia deemed Mackers good enough for the Trevi then they would suffice for their flagboat saloon.

Today I wish to examine not the pattery low speed ride nor the near silent interior, but the ashtrays of the 7. Before sitting in the car I had imagined that all ober-klasse cars had, as standard, proper ashtrays front and back. Things have changed since the last time I perched in a new top-shelf saloon.

However the 7 disappointed; BMW felt a non-smoker’s pack would be desirable. Imagine.

As you can see, despite the  car’s ultimate driving machine appelation, the ashtray aperture holds a rubbery mat and a peculiar  plastic dummy cigar lighter (parts bin standard?) Narrow describes the slot where perhaps three Villiger Exports might end up. Not  ultimat.

Faurecia for BMW: P0107450

This (below) illustrates the situation at the rear.

2013 BMW 760 Li rear ashtray, closed.

The position works well and you can only be pleased at the oily damped action of the lid.

Open: black plastic.

Why did BMW’s ergonomists allow the stubbing grille end up being placed rearward? And where is the shining chrome ash tray insert?

The rest of the car can be called imposing and impressive in a corporate 5-star hotel kind of way. The V12 provides effortless and silent acceleration. At 160 kmph it feels like 100 kmph other than that the world is being reeled in at a very brisk pace. Further, even if this is not your cup of tea, almost nobody else make a car like this other than Audi and Mercedes. That’s quite an achievement.

Post-script: The 7 does continue BMW’s secret worship of the Trevi by dint of the creatively positioned interior door grabs which are unusually positioned and don’t look like door grabs.

[Text amended 10.55, June 27, 2017 to correct iL to Li.]

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

4 thoughts on “Ashtrays: 2013 BMW 760 Li”

    1. By the way: starting with the E65, the Bavarians decided to call the long wheelbase models Li, rather than iL. Partially due to this change, a 760Li never quite received the same degree of respect from my side as a 750iL did, back in the day.

    2. I haven’t got the faintest clue.

      BMW’s nomenclature has become rather fatuitous in recent years in general: may I remind you of the BMW X1 sDrive18e ActiveHybrid?

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