BMW is one of the few automakers still producing twelve-cylinder engines. But the big V12 has an issue, so the Bavarian automaker has had to recall some of them.
Just three in the United States, it turns out – which shows not only how limited the recall is, but also how few of these it sold at such a high price point.
The vehicle in question is the 2013-15 760Li, precursor of today’s M760i xDrive. It was the top version of the F01-generation 7 Series, packing a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 rated at 536 horsepower (400 kW) and 550 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque – a little shy of the 602 hp (449 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) boasted by the newer M760i.
Apparently the ECU was improperly programmed on three of those flagship sedans when they were brought in for service, potentially causing the engine to stall. So BMW’s calling them in to have their electronics reflashed to keep them running like they should.
The issue appears to be limited to the B60 version of the N74 engine, not on the B66 version employed in the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Wraith, and Dawn, the newer B66TU used in the current G12-gen M760i, or the latest B68 powering the new Phantom and Cullinan. So none of those other models are affected by this recall. Which is probably a good thing, because we wouldn’t want to be stuck in a stalled Rolls-Royce (or big Bimmer) in the wrong neighborhood.