First 7 Series with M Performance badge
The M badge, with its light blue, dark blue and red stripes to the left, signifies that a BMW has that extra something to makes it really special.
Although anyone can buy an M badge (or five) and stick it onto his or her riced-up E36 316i, the ones stuck to the M760i xDrive is significant for two reasons: first, it’s the first time that the badge has been placed on the flagship sedan; and second, it is a sign of the incredible performance that the two-ton limousine possesses.
Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter, twin-cam, 48-valve, direct-injection V12 producing 600 horsepower and 800 Newton-meters of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shift mode and paddle shifters. The company said in a press statement that, together with the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system and the transmission’s launch control function, the M760i gets from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph.
Adaptive air suspension, rear-wheel steering
But the company said the super-saloon is more than just straight-line performance. Underneath, the M760i is equipped with Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview, which links up to the air-suspension and the Dynamic Damper Control system to deliver exceptional spring and damper comfort. The company also said it comes with Dynamic Drive System, which reduces roll at the front and rear axles together with adjustable anti-roll bars.
The M760i also has Integral Active Steering, which the company said provides a more direct steering feel and turns the rear wheels in either the opposing or the same direction, depending on the specific driving situation, to reduce steering effort and increase maneuverability and stability in both urban traffic and high-speed driving. The system is connected to the Driving Dynamics Control switch, which has an Adaptive mode that gets information from driving-style analysis readings, the navigation system and a stereo camera to automatically select the best driving mode for a certain situation.
As with many M cars, the M760i xDrive doesn’t shout about its performance pretensions with enormous body kits and huge wings. Up front, the two large air intakes on the lower bumper are what distinguish this model from other 7 Series models.
The car’s flanks are similarly discreet, with a side skirt, special mirror covers and V12 badges being the only giveaways. More noticeable are the 20-inch, double-spoke alloy wheels exclusive to the M760i, along with the large tailpipes for the M sports exhaust system in the black, diffuser-style, lower bumper cladding at the back.
High-tech, limousine cabin
Inside, the M760i retains the palatial interior accommodations of the standard 7 Series. But only this model gets an M sports steering wheel, stainless-steel M pedals and footrest, and Piano Black inlays with V12 badges.
Ahead of that steering wheel is a heads-up display that the company said projects information about road speed, speed limits, Check Control messages, status and warning messages from other assistance systems, turn-by-turn directions, and telephone and entertainment menus directly into the driver’s field of vision, where they can be read without looking away from the road. In addition, the infotainment system now comes with touchscreen functionality to add to the fifth-generation iDrive interface and Gesture Control, which requires drivers to make pre-selected hand movements to 3D sensors in the vicinity of the center console to register and fulfill requested actions.
Finally, the M760i xDrive also has ConnectedDrive with Advanced Real Time Traffic Information, a Speed Limit Info camera and the Ultimate Benefits for 7 program that includes: BMW Encore Delivery; Priority Service appointments; Vehicle Valet service; a comparable Service Loaner in the interim; Supreme Vehicle Spa treatment; and 24/7 Concierge Support.
The company said prices will be announced near the car’s launch in early 2017.