Range-topping variant of the luxurious 7 Series gets 592bhp from its twin-turbocharged V12 engine and can hit 62mph in 3.9sec
11 February 2016

The high-performance BMW M760Li xDrive V12 has been revealed at Geneva and will go on sale towards the end of this year.

Power for the new range-topper comes from a twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine developing 592bhp at 5500rpm and 590lb ft from 1500rpm. It is connected to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which has been modified to come with a rear bias.

Thanks to its extra power, the M760Li xDrive V12 is capable of reaching 62mph in 3.9sec - 0.8sec faster than the current range-topping 750i M Sport - before reaching a limited top speed of 155mph.

Official fuel consumption is rated at 22.4mpg combined, with CO2 emissions of 294g/km. The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which features M Performance-tuned software to provide “sportier” changes. Drivers can change gear manually using the wheel-mounted paddles.

Visual changes over the standard 7 Series include bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels, a quad exhaust system and an M Performance body kit which includes subtly reprofiled bumpers front and rear. An optional rear spoiler is also available.

The car’s exhausts feature valves which can open to enhance the sound of the M760Li xDrive’s V12 engine.

Upgrades to the already luxurious cabin include a new M Performance steering wheel, an illuminated V12 logo and M pedals.

The M760Li xDrive V12 comes with BMW’s Executive Drive Pro adaptive suspension set-up and gets an extensive list of standard equipment, including adaptive LED headlights, keyless entry and start, electrically adjustable seats front and rear and wood trim and metallic highlights.

Rivals for this range-topping 7 Series include Audi’s S8, which is priced from £81,385 and features a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine with 513bhp.

Other, more expensive options include the £182,750 Mercedes-AMG S65, which gets 621bhp from its 6.0-litre V12 engine.

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11 February 2016

Will be worth about 5p after 3 years. Great second hand bargain.

12 February 2016

I'd be happier if BMW (or anyone else) ignored any pretensions to sportiness and devoted as much time and energy in other directions. Forget about sub 4 nought to sixty and "sportier" gear changes. Give me a car that is sub 10 to 60, but is absolutely as refined and comfortable as you can possibly make it. Why does an executive limousine have valves to make the engine note louder? I'd want as close to silence as possible and a ride that takes the Jaguar XJ or Citroen DS/CX of 40 years ago as a bench mark and adds 40 years of development to improving it.

 

 

12 February 2016

Leslie Brook has the right idea. I live in London and barely manage 12mph on average for most of my days so 592HP is hardly going to be all that useful. Enough power to accelerate up hills, and overtake easily on the motorways would be handy, say 250HP-275HP maximum (which would only need a 3 litre engine not too stressed).
On the other hand the combination of speed bumps, pot holes and generally terrible surfaces would make a 'magic carpet' ride invaluable.

12 February 2016
Leslie Brook wrote:

I'd be happier if BMW (or anyone else) ignored any pretensions to sportiness and devoted as much time and energy in other directions....

They could, but the whole ethos of BMW is sportiness, 'the ultimate driving machine' and all that (even if they don't always deliver on the promise) and arguably that is what's made the company a success for so many years.

To change their philosophy wholesale would be fraught with huge risk and bloody difficult to pull off, especially given some rivals, e.g. Merc, already occupy the 'comfort', pipe and slippers end of the market quite successfully.....all be it that Merc, not to mention Audi, Jaguar etc, having witnessed the success of BMW and its sporty image have been busy imitating it with their AMG sports models.

12 February 2016
Overdrive wrote:
Leslie Brook wrote:

I'd be happier if BMW (or anyone else) ignored any pretensions to sportiness and devoted as much time and energy in other directions....

Merc, already occupy the 'comfort', pipe and slippers end of the market quite successfully.....all be it that Merc, not to mention Audi, Jaguar etc, having witnessed the success of BMW and its sporty image have been busy imitating it with their AMG sports models.

If you'd ridden in the Merc E class my brother hired last summer, you wouldn't describe it as pipe and slippers. I had expected it to feel like a comfy mattress after my firm riding SUV, but I was quite surprised to find it very firm indeed and it wasn't an AMG just a boggo diesel in Avantgarde spec from memory.

 

 

12 February 2016

What a beast. I'm sure it will be a great way to travel. But the Alpina B7 is perhaps even more appealing.

12 February 2016

BMW used to make sports saloon (E3 - 2500 to 3.0Si), enjoyable to drive and could also sit five people in comfort. But the first generation 7 series already became a bulky beast. This one, judging from the amount of backseat comfort features, is aimed at the chauffeur driven market. But then why not buy a S class instead?

12 February 2016

It's not everyone who wants an S-Class. The 7 Series does have that sportier edge for those who want to drive themselves.
In London, or Beijing for that matter, it is maybe easier to assume that these will always be chauffeured. Not so. The market has dictated most people want a sportier exec.

If you want a magic carpet ride, and talking of bargains, try the Citroen C6, which is about a 5 series size. Slumming it, I know but nice for pocket money.

12 February 2016

both inside and out, is that its almost impossible to differentiate between this, the 5 series and the 3 series, apart from the size difference. These manufacturers need to make more of an effort to separate their ranges, the Russian doll effect as its been called (lazy as I like to call it) just isn't working for me.

12 February 2016

At last the M division has decided to give it a go with the 7 series. Sure, it won't be a full M7, but that was to be expected, as witht he 7's sheer bulk it's never going to be an M5 rival. On the otrer hand, if a V12 with plenty of space, pace and a minimum of driver enjoyment is what you're after, there are very few choices, namely S65 and Conti Flying Spur Speed.

Everything else, no matter if it's almost or just as fast, jsimply isn't the same, namely the pretty long list of large high performance V8 saloons: S63, S8, Alpina B12, Quattroporte V8 GTS, XJR...

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