For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide
For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at...

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm,...

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

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For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm, who joined for very different reasons but continue to ride for surprisingly similar ones.  

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life
Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on...

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a...

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

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Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a regular yogi at the Adelaide Club, and a member since 1987!

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance
Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance...

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller...

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

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Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller muscles - and why you shouldn't neglect them in your workouts.

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game
Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

Fall in Love with Squash, the...

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

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Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the Adelaide Club for nearly four decades, to hear more about his love of the game of squash.

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength
Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

Five Reasons a Director of M&A...

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A...

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

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Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A Integrations at one of Toronto’s leading banks, to discuss how he balances his professional ambitions and personal time in pursuit of his fitness goals.

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018
Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Why Strength Lab may be your new...

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the...

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

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Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the Adelaide Club's new Strength Lab classes.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness goals.

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!
Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Resolve to be fit, once and for...

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's...

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

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Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's resolutions.

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!
The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym:...

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide...

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

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The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide Club. Everything from kettle bells, sleds, and turf to get you in the best shape of your life.

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips
How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

How to avoid the holiday weight...

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on...

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

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How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on keeping your fitness goals on track for the holiday season.

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program
Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

Bring out your inner athlete with...

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three...

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

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Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three exciting classes made for you to get your ride on.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp!

Fall Fitness at the Club
Fall Fitness at the Club

Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the...

Fall Fitness at the Club

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Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the Club. Group Fitness continues to be a popular choice amongst both men and women.

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez
Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach...

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman...

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

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Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman Ramirez!

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in regularly for more!

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)
Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant...

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and...

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

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Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and her husband, Tom, complete a full Ironman in Mont Tremblant. Hear their story!

Club member weight-loss success story!
Club member weight-loss success story!

Club member weight-loss success...

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that...

Club member weight-loss success story!

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Club member weight-loss success story!

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that fifty pounds in five months!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!
Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount...

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone,...

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

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Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone, went to France to compete in the GFNY Mount Ventoux!

Attention all golfers!
Attention all golfers!

Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic...

Attention all golfers!

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Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic Canada, what are you waiting for?

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson
Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to...

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

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Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to Klara Hakansson.

RE:LUXE - THE BMW 750i

RE:LUXE - THE BMW 750i
Posted: Oct 20, 2016
BMW IS ONE LUXURY AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURER THAT HAS PUT THE BRAKES ON THE PUSH TOWARDS SELF-DRIVING CARS, PREFERING A SLOWER, MORE INCREMENTAL APPROACH, AND FOR THAT WE THANK THEM

The whole point of getting behind the wheel of a $150k car is to drive it. Isn’t that the reason you bought it? You should want the experience of what a car at this level has to offer. You should want to steer it through winding roads in the country, the Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System pumping crystal clear U2 into your ears (I did this). You should want to adjust the different driving modes. You should want to open it up on a highway, blow past that transport truck, experience the 445 horsepower twin power turbo V8 engine, 480 pounds-per-foot of torque. Zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds means you are in Porsche 911 territory, after all.

If none of this appeals to you, then I might have the names of a few chauffeurs you can call.

That brings us to BMW’s 750i xDrive, which with all the bells and whistles came in at a notch below $133,000. The short-wheel drive version is the one I drove, more popular in Canada. The car also comes in a long-wheel version (the 750Li, the car in the images), with around 26 more centimetres of room in the rear, more popular outside this country. The car scored on so many different levels, I could easily go well over the word count restriction! As I was told when I picked it up, BMW takes pride in knowing that the people who buy their cars are still making new discoveries two years after they bought it. That’s the goal.

For me, what I like about what BMW is doing comes down to building up self-drive technologies slowly, incrementally. The car has your back, but it isn’t going to drive for you.

Take the car’s safety technologies. You are driving down a street in your city and a pedestrian is crossing an intersection. In a below-60 km/h scenario like that the car will break for you, coming to a full stop. Above 60 km/h the driver assistance systems are there, but it’s best when you are not noticing them. The safety systems in this car are a last resort. No one wants their car making decisions for them. 

Lane change assist technology will nudge you back to your lane, the rest is up to you. Brake assist feature is there, but only as a last resort, after a visual warning, then an audio warning, then the car will start to apply the brakes for you. Cruise control? The 750i will maintain a set distance from the car in front, set at, say, a max speed of 140 km/h, if that’s what you set it at. In a traffic jam the car will brake down to zero km/h, if you don’t feel like braking yourself.  The technology is there, but it’s not an autopilot. And thank BMW for that, for going against a trend.

A favourite, unique safety feature is that little coffee cup graphic that pops up on the iDrive operating system touch screen – the car telling you that maybe it’s time for a break, after it has measured driver inputs and parameters (maybe the driver hasn’t adjusted speed in a while, or is not actively steering, or perhaps the car has bumped the driver out of two lane changes).

From a luxury standpoint, the BMW 750i screams best in class. The aforementioned Bowers and Wilkins sound system (a $4500 upgrade with a car, but a quality sound system that would run you $40,000 if you wanted to set up comparable sound quality in your home) that makes two or three hour drives far more palatable.

The 750i and 750Li remains the flagship of the BMW brand, which, along with the Mercedes S Class sets the pace for all others in the luxury category. The agility and the manoeuvrability makes you feel you aren’t driving a luxury car with 4-wheel steering. The car has a real fast, effortless power train. It’s fast all the time. As someone said, in the 750 Li, you don’t feel like you are carrying that extra bulk in the back. The car’s front and rear wheel air suspension – self-levelling -- is great, if you are transporting something a little heavier in the trunk, or have several passengers in the back seat.

New for the car is active comfort drive with road preview, a little camera that shows the road surface conditions in front of the car and adjusts the suspension damping in real time. We are heading into winter season, and we all know the conditions of roads after the snow finally melts and the freeze goes away – pot holes that you could park the car in. The camera recognizes those and adjusts the wheels as you approach, absorbing the impact, then stiffens again once you are over it. Again, the 750i/750Li has your back.

Heads-up display continues to be one of the favourite features of these BMW cars, this time with more information on the display screen, which sits at eye level, right above your hands at 10 and 2.

Keep your hands on the wheel.

 

Article by Mark Keast, RE:LUXE

 


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