BMW is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. And what better way to mark a century in business than with a special edition version of your flagship saloon?
Trouble is, the BMW 7-Series Centennial edition has the most ludicrously convoluted name ever given to a car. Appropriately, the nomenclature gets more ridiculous as engine size increases. The top-spec version is called [deep breath] BMW Individual M760Li xDRIVE Model V12 Excellence The Next 100 Years.
Let’s dissect that name:
- BMW Individual – the marque’s in-house bespoke department that has developed the Centennial edition.
- M760Li xDRIVE Model V12 – a sporty 7-Series with a massive V12 engine, long-wheelbase and four-wheel-drive.
- Excellence – equipped with all the bells and whistles.
- The Next 100 Years – rather clunky official name for the Centennial edition, which brings even more bells and whistles.
Hope that’s clear.
It’s worth returning to the M760Li’s engine at this point, because it is a truly astonishing thing. It’s a 6.6-litre, twin-turbo V12 that churns out 610bhp here – 18bhp more than standard – and an unspecified quantity of torque. Unspecified perhaps because there’s more of it than BMW’s dyno could handle.
The standard car is limited to 155mph and sprints from 0-62mph in a supercar-embarrassing 3.9secs Expect this to be a couple of tenths quicker.
There’s also the 322bhp 740Le iPerformance plug-in hybrid and 444bhp 750Li twin-turbo V8 to choose from, but why bother when Big Daddy M760Li is around?
Whichever engine you choose, the car is only available in Centennial Blue with 20in wheels, lush Merino leather and many unique trim details. You even get a specially-designed fountain pen thrown in.
The standard equipment list is long and so is the option list. Tick everything and you’ll have a wheeled relaxation chamber with a home cinema that can practically drive itself.
100 examples of the 7-Series Centennial edition will be built in total; BMW doesn’t quote prices but it will likely carry a hefty premium over the standard equivalent.
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By Only Motors