BMW has revealed its M Powered 7 Series ahead of its world debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
The new flagship limousine is set to rival the great Mercedes-Benz C63 S and Audi S8 plus upon its release. The lengthy sedan is based on the long-wheelbase BMW 7 Series Li models, but is equipped with a whole lot more fruit – most notably a 6.6-litre V12 motor and all-wheel-drive.
The M760li xDrive’s V12 engine will produce 441kW of power and 800Nm of torque. Despite weighing around 2.2 tonnes, the uber-sedan will launch from 0-100km/h in just 3.9sec. While a top speed of 305km/h is possible it is electronically restricted to 250km/h, however those in a rush can remove the speed governer as part of an optional M Driver’s Package.
The car is equipped with a rear-biased xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system with variable torque redistribution. The system also incorporates an Integral Active Steering system that actively adjusts the steering angle of the rear wheels. To further aid the cars performance capabilities, new 19-inch M Sport brakes have been fitted.
Power is managed through BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. The gearbox has been specifically tuned by M Performance to deliver ‘sportier’ gear changes and faster downshifts. The car has a claimed 12.6L/100km fuel consumption figure.
BMW expect the M760Li xDrive to outperform its rivals in comfort due to implementation of its Executive Drive Pro suspension with active roll stabilisation. The whole package rolls on Matte Cerium Grey 20-inch M wheels finished with ‘performance’ tyres.
As to be expected, all the standard driver-assist technologies found in other 7 series models are featured. Steering and lane control assist, lane keeping assist, side collision protection, rear collision prevention and crossing traffic warnings are all part of the car’s Driving Assistant Plus package. Traffic Jam Assistant, Active Cruise Control and Speed Limit Info functions are also onboard.
The interior features Exclusive Nappa leather, deep-pile rear floor mates, Alcantara Anthracite headlining and finished with Fineline black wood trim strips with a high-gloss metal effect.
The BMW M760Li xDrive will arrive some time in early 2017, with only a very limited number of units set to land. Pricing has not been released, although the range-topping 750iL V8 sits at $312,700 excluding on-roads, so we expect the new 7 Series to be well and truly upward of that figure.
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