BMW puts first ‘M’ badge on 7 series, making sporty V12 beast

Last Updated: November 30, 2018By Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

First time now, BMW gave an M badge to its flagship 7 Series. And while that may bring up pictures of a standard 7 Series with a bit of performance sparkle, this is different. The numbers are pretty impressive.

The name of this new model is: M760Li xDrive. Though that sounds more like a fax machine from about 1997, there are a few differences between the BMW and a dated beige electronic.

Here are some stats:

  • V12 engine displacing 6.6 liters and carrying twin turbochargers
  • 610 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, and 590 pounds-feet of torque at 1,150 rpm
  • Combined fuel economy figure of 22.1 miles per gallon (somehow)
  • 0-62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds
  • 155 mph top speed, revised to 189 mph with optional Driver’s Package

The gear is changed with navigation data like on some new Rolls-Royce models

The sedan is pretty speedy. It has an 8-speed automatic that’s specially made by the M Division. The gear is changed with navigation data like on some new Rolls-Royce models. Auto start/stop is also as usual, cause fuel economy is important in long-wheelbase V12 sedan.

Other special stuff are active suspension called Executive Drive Pro, which sounds like a golf driver brand. Pretty much appropriate. Four-wheel-steering is also included for those bit hard track-handling situations your chauffeur tackles on your way to the board room meeting.

In a vehicle like this, you can imagine, the back seat is more wealthy, in serious Germanic tradition. Suede, leather, Alcantara, tablets — all is here.

If you’re in the market fora more pricey car, here are the specifics. A standard 750i xDrive starts at $97,600, and stepping up to the special Alpina B7 xDrive starts the bill at $137,000. This M760Li xDrive tops the 7 Series range, starting at $153,000 before options, destination, and handling fees.

Unluckily, the super power figure is not the part of this 7 Series, because the twin-turbo V12 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG pumps out eleven full horses more.

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