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For my money, very few can turn a phrase like Dan Neil, the Pulitzer-prize winning automotive columnist for the Los Angeles Times. His latest review of the new flagship BMW 7 Series for 2009, is a case in point. Here're are some excerpts as illustration:
No matter. The car was equipped with BMW's new Integral Active Steering -- four-wheel steering, in other words. With a maximum rear-wheel deflection of 3 degrees, the system reduces the car's turning circle almost 2 1/2 feet. With a full crank on the wheel, this huge car seems to shrink to the size of a pensioner's Lada..."
"...it's surprising -- even a little scary -- to feel this road-going ocean liner caper through the Eastern highlands like a stripped-down sport coupe. It's the same feeling you get watching a bear ride a bicycle, or Jackie Gleason glide around a pool table, or Warren Sapp sashay across the floor on "Dancing with the Stars": It just ain't natural."
I've been a fan of the BMW 7-series for many years now, so I was looking forward to the reviews of the 2009 model in the series. Dan's review in particular is worth reading, not only to learn more about the car, but also to see how a car review can be made to turn some tough, but really fun corners.
For more of Dan's reviews on other cars, take a look at this regular column, appropriately titled "Rumble Seat".