It’s not the thoroughbred M7 that some BMW fans wanted, but it’s a start, as the new 760Li xDrive is the very first M Performance 7-Series. Besides; with 600PS from its turbo’d V12, it should be fast enough for most.
Under that long bonnet lies a massive 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 putting out 600PS (592hp) at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 800Nm (590 lb-ft) at 1,500rpm on the road through a faster, M-tuned 8-speed automatic and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system modified to have a rear bias.
BMW quotes a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of 3.9 seconds, besting the current M5 by 0.4 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).
Still, the M760Li xDrive isn’t actually the fastest and most powerful 7-Series you can buy from a BMW dealership, as that title goes to the Alpina B7 xDrive introduced earlier this week and which has a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 delivering 608PS (600hp) and 800Nm (590lb-ft) for a 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds.
The M760Li xDrive gets BMW’s Executive Drive Pro adaptive suspension system along with 19-inch M Sport brakes with blue metallic brake calipers, and exclusive to this model 20-inch alloy wheels in matte Cerium Grey metallic.
On the outside, the M Performance division gave a discreet makeover with reprofiled bumpers, side skirts and a pair of dual exhausts at the back, while inside, it carries a three-spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles, sport front seats, a 330 km/h (205 mph) speedometer, aluminum pedals, and different trimmings such as the BMW Individual decorative inlays in Piano Finish Black.
Oddly, BMW also offers a no-cost ‘Excellence’ option which sheds the M aerodynamic package and the model designation replacing it with a simple ‘V12’ badge at the back, while adding different 20‑inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels, black brake calipers, and bright chrome trimmings on the outside. Yet it still calls it the M760Li Xdrive…
The M670Li xDrive will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month with sales to follow.