Well it was only a matter of time, I guess. BMW have announced a new flagship model at the head of the pack, and it looks like a bit of a stunner. Here are the specs of the M-division’s offering of the brilliant new 7-Series.
‘The recently launched BMW 7 Series now has a prestigious flagship at the head of the range: the new M760Li xDrive V12 marks the debut of a very special V12 engine to provide stunning performance with exemplary refinement.
With TwinPower Turbo technology incorporated for the first time, this new M Performance engine produces 600hp and 800Nm of torque. It’s harnessed by a highly sophisticated chassis specifically tailored to the model, and deployed to the road via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system with a rear-bias for more dynamic handling.’
I think the car, with the familiar ‘M’ features, looks fantastic, and I’m so glad they’ve chosen to go with what you’d expect to see in a massive BMW – a V12 producing 600bhp. I’ll take that…
Powertrain: The allure of a V12
‘The 12-cylinder engine layout traditionally enjoys an exclusive status above all others, and in the new M760Li xDrive V12 provides a superb blend of performance and refinement. The 6,592cc M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder engine develops an output of 600hp at 5,500rpm and generates its peak torque of 800Nm from
as low down as 1,500rpm. This enables the car to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and on to a governed top speed of 155mph. It now also links up with the Auto Start-Stop function, which is just one measure that contributes to an impressive official combined fuel consumption figure of 22.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 294g/km.’
I’ll join the queue to drive one, then. Whatever happens, we know this will be beast, and I’m glad we can still say that about an M-powered 7-series.