BMW has announced the flagship BMW 7 Series and it’s a 600hp, all-wheel drive monster that should offer trouser-soilingly effective luxury motoring.
The BMW M760Li xDrive v12, to be all official about it, is the first BMW to debut the M Performance TwinPower Turbo V12 twin-turbo engine, which packs 600hp and 800Nm of torque. 0-62mph takes just 3.9 seconds and the top speed is limited to 155mph.
BMW’s xDrive system has been given ‘rear-bias’, meaning it should be capable of going sideways whenever you want to find out just how potent the 6.6-litre V12 engine really is. With 800Nm available from just 1,500rpm, the answer will, of course, be very.
Even with all that power, BMW has managed to eke out a claimed 22.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 294g/km, although if you plan to bury your foot a lot of the time it’s going to be far, far thirstier.
An eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission handles the gears and has Launch Control for when you want to leave other cars in your dust. Gearshift paddles, meanwhile, allow you to hold the revs as high as you want when the manual mode is selected.
Bump-soaking duties are handles by the Executive Drive Pro suspension system, which launched with the new 7 Series (our luxury car of the year). BMW says that and the updated version of the Dynamic Drive system provides a ‘sporty’ yet ‘comfortable’ drive.
Design revisions include 20-inch Cerium Grey M alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres wrapped around them, a new front apron with two large air intakes and yet more Cerium Grey, new mirror caps, M sports exhaust and an optional M rear spoiler for optimised air flow.
Inside, BMW has treated the 7 Series M to an M leather multifunction steering wheel, a new speedometer that goes up to 205mph and sporty M pedals.
The Driving Assistant Plus system is an option, which includes safety systems like Active Blind Spot Detection and Surround View, should you wish to bolster the standard array of extras like LED headlights, keyless entry, BMW Gesture control and Merino leather trim.
Just to rain on BMW’s parade somewhat, Alpina unveiled its B7 7 Series, which is 0.3 seconds faster to 62mph from standing and has an unrestricted top speed of 193mph. But you get a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 instead of that monstrous V12.
There’s no word on a price for the M760Li xDrive just yet, but we know it will go on sale ‘towards the end of 2016’ and full details will be announced nearer that time. Enjoy the following pictures while you wait.