The BMW M760Li: What M7?

Ah, the BMW 7-Series. A car that, despite its vast array of technological advances, has never been given the full M-power treatment that its smaller siblings often receive. Over the years it has been aided by well-known tuner Alpina to give it some extra grunt, but we haven’t seen a whole lot of that from BMW themselves. The German manufacturer claims its luxury limousine doesn’t need all that power and drama, that its customers prefer getting to their destination in comfort, surrounded by fine leather and more technology than Skynet’s headquarters. Apparently, however, BMW’s engineers have reconsidered that idea, as they’ve taken the huge four-door and turned it into a car that can hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in less than four seconds. No, it’s not the M7. Allow me to introduce you to the M760Li XDrive.

Powered by a 6.6 liter, twin-turbocharged V12 that’s as much of a middle finger to environmentalists as it is an engine, the M760Li certainly won’t be light on power. BMW claims 600 horsepower and 590 lb ft of torque, which will be sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to a launch control function, the 0-60 sprint happens in 3.9 seconds, which is unbelievable for a car this big (and heavy). Top speed, like every quick car BMW releases these days, is limited to 155 miles per hour.

In terms of appearance, a few subtle clues will allow onlookers to distinguish this range-topper from the rest of the 7-Series lineup. The front intakes are slightly bigger, the rear exhaust pipes have been revised, the C-pillars are now decorated with V12 badges, and the front quarter panels sport tiny M badges. Oh yeah, there’s some new wheels too. The 7-Series has always been about subtle luxury, so it only feels right that BMW didn’t take it too far with some extreme bodywork.

The 760 comes equipped with all the toys you’d expect from it, including BMW gesture control, adaptive LED headlights, road-scanning cameras to adjust the suspension, and enough functions in the center console to impress even your most tech-savvy friends. So what, you ask, is the price for this speedy limousine? I have no idea. Prices have not been announced yet, but expect a number comfortably into the 6-digit range. But, if the M760Li is as good of a car as it seems poised to be, it’ll be worth every penny.