What’s a BMW M760Li then?
Not to be outdone by the reveal earlier this week of the new, 600bhp Alpina B7, BMW has come up with its own go-faster 7-Series, the M760Li xDRIVE.
What do I need to know?
It’s got a whopping-great engine. A 6.6-litre V12 with two turbos that churn out 592bhp and 590lb/ft of torque at just 1,500rpm. Coincidentally, the B7 has the same power but slightly less torque.
That power is dispatched to the road via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a rear-biased xDRIVE four-wheel-drive system. That no doubt helps the M760Li hurl itself from 0-62mph in 3.9secs; an M5 takes 4.3secs. Top speed is limited to 155mph. This may look like a sober-suited limo, but it is in fact a supercar-shaming missile. With launch control. And an active exhaust that produces a “full-bodied 12-cylinder soundtrack.” It’s loud, in other words.
If it matters (probably not in this context) fuel consumption is quoted at 22.4mpg combined and 294g/km of Co2, which isn’t bad for such huge and powerful engine.
Suspension is an uprated version of the Executive Drive Pro system on other 7-Series, featuring cameras that scan the road ahead and prime the suspension settings to dispatch any imperfections with maximum disdain. Air springs combine with Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive to provide waterbed levels of comfort, or they can hunker down for back road hustling.
The styling has been subtly massaged with new, sportier bumpers, much trim detailing and ‘V12’ badges on the C-pillars. The most obvious difference over another M Sport-spec 7-Series, though, is the quad-exit exhaust. And as we know, quad exhausts automatically make any car better. Those who prefer their super limos more muted can opt for the Excellence Design version, which deletes the sportier trim and active exhaust.
Entire herds gave their hides for the Merino leather interior and several trees were felled for the black wood trim. The standard kit list is lengthy: big-screen Professional Multimedia satnav and connectivity system, adaptive LED headlights with ant-dazzle high-beam assist; keyless entry and dynamic safety; Comfort seats front and rear and gesture control.
This is probably as close as we will get to an M7, a car BMW seems determined not to built even though its supposedly been imminent for about the last 25 years.
When can I buy one?
Towards the end of 2016, according to BMW.
How much will it cost?
BMW will confirm prices nearer launch, but expect to pay more than £100,000.
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By Only Motors