While both Mercedes-AMG and Audi have in their lineup full-size really-high-performance sedans, BMW was left behind. With the powerful S65 from Mercedes and the exciting S8 delivered by Audi, the clear, expected response from BMW had to be equality powerful high-end sedan.
Until recently, the 7-Series didn’t enjoy from a single M version, which was quite odd. But now, on the rise of quick and strong luxurious sedans, the Bavarian car maker decided to make things right and launch the M sedan the 7-Series that was requested for a long time.
The 2017 M760i has the power, the determination, and the style to take down impressive sedans like the S8 Performance or any AMG in its segment. With this powertrain, it is expected a lot from this recently announced model, which saw the light during the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.
Let’s take a look.
Drivetrain and Specs
This astonishing high-performance sedan packs a twin-turbocharged 6.6 L V12 powerplant which produces up to 600 hp at 5500 RPM and a peak torque of 590 lb-ft at 1500 RPM. In order to impress us properly according to the case, BMW also announced the performance numbers. The acceleration in rated from standstill to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, while the top speed will be electronically-limited to 155 mph or 190 mph for some countries in Europe.
All the users will be lucky (and wealthy) enough to enjoy a standard all-wheel-drive layout which will be fed by the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox will feature the always entertaining launch control and a pretty quick and agile shifting. Another interesting feature to pay attention is the rear-wheel steering that comes standard as well. The 2017 M760i promises a high-end performance and driving behavior at hand with this cutting-edge characteristics.
Elegant and Fierce
The legendary Bavarian car maker is always amusing us with opulent designs and aggressive lines. This isn’t the exception. As a good and proper M vehicle, the 2017 M760i is getting the M Aerodynamic package with the base price which makes outstanding additions to how the vehicle looks. Starting with the front air intakes with bigger dimensions, the M Aerodynamic pack does excellent things for the 7 Series.
The elongated and elegant design is a clear characteristic of the 7 Series, now enhanced with 20-inch wheels painted in Cerium Gray finish. The exciting M bundle adds more of this Cerium Gray detailing and gloss-black trimming, creating a more aggressive and athletic stance. To make clear that this is a killing machine, the M760i sports V-12 badges almost everywhere, both inside and out.
The front fascia features the immortal twin kidney grille accompanied with cutting-edge, slim LED headlights. Below, a gloss-black bumper completes the opulent look. From the sides, we notice that the M760i is clearly a high-end luxury sedan for the wealthy. Every line and curve screams lavishness and its full-size configuration guarantee plenty of space inside the cabin.
Once passengers get inside, top-notch materials and luxury elements are detected immediately. The wide dashboard ends with an aerial touchscreen on top of the central console. Close to the driver, all the elegant and cutting-edge instruments are located adequately. BMW equipped the best seats for both front and back, featuring several positions and heating/cooling functions.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 M760i is one long-awaited addition to the Bavarian lineup. Without the M presence in the 7 Series, something was missing. Now, we are getting the maximum luxury available by BMW along with all the power and sportiness from the performance division, providing a massive V12 as well.
While there is no price announced yet, this astonishing high-performance sedan will hit the U.S. market during Q1 2017.