BMW has revealed details on its new flagship models, the V12-powered 760i and its long-wheelbase sibling, the 760iL, that will make their world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show in China that runs from April 22 to 28, 2009. Taking over the top position within BMW’s model portfolio, the 760i and 760iL are powered by an all-new 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that cranks out 544 horsepower and is mated to an also new, eight-speed automatic transmission.
Developed as a completely new engine from the ground up, the V12 also forms the base for the new Rolls Royce 200EX’s 6.6-liter V12. In the BMW 760i and 760iL, the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 makes 544 hp at 5,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 750Nm or 553 lb-ft from just 1,500 rpm.
At the same time, the 760i and 760iL with its extended wheelbase by 140mm or 5.5″, are the first models in BMW’s portfolio to feature the newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission.
According to the German automaker, the 760i accelerates from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.6 seconds and goes on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h or 155mph. The luxury sedan’s average average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 12.9 liters/100 kilometers or 18.2mpg US.
Both the 760 and 760iL are expected to arrive in showrooms during the second half of the year.