BMW Admits Demand for BMW M7, Still Denies Working on It

I have to admit that I’ve been longing for a proper rival for the Audi S8 or the S63/S65 AMG models for quite some time now. BMW has a different approach on performance models though, and the latest info says that even though people are asking it, the company is still reluctant towards such a model.
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In a recent interview with Autoblog, Carsten Pries, the BMW M Product Chief admitted that he received e-mails from customers with the rendering of the future BMW 7 Series with four tailpipes at the back, pointing to an M version, the M7 to be more precise.

The M division would also love to get a chance at challenging the aforementioned super-fast limousines and show them how it’s done but the truth of the matter is, resources are limited.

“We always have more ideas than resources,” said Pries adding that the brand needs to, “stay focused and prioritize.”

Another issue is that even though e-mail have been sent and received, consequently taken into consideration, the demand has to be big enough to justify a possible investment into a proper M car.

Otherwise, the company could be building a car that would eventually flop when it goes into production and that’s a chance BMW isn’t willing to take at the moment.

It’s rather interesting too since they did appreciate that cars like the 2 Series Active Tourer or the 3 Series GT are worth the investment. And the sales numbers seem to agree, the 2er reaching more households worldwide than previously anticipated.

How would an M7 look like?

If BMW would release the M7 this time around, it would use the G10/G11 chassis with some improvements and the updated S63 engine in the X5 and X6 M models.

That means it would weigh around 1,700-1,800 kg (3,747 lbs to 3,968 lbs) thanks to extensive CFRP, aluminum and magnesium usage and would have 575 HP and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque at its disposal.

It would probably also be hooked up to the 8-speed ZF gearbox on the SUVs since the 7-speed DCT made by Getrag used in the M5/M6 and M3/M4 models is limited to 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

An M Performance car would also do the trick, like the rumored M770i model that has been going around for quite some time. However, in this case, it’s hard to imagine what engine could be used to kick things off. Most likely, it could be an improved version of the 4.4-liter V8 on the 750i models we have today.

That would make such a car close to what Alpina is offering in the shape of the B7 Biturbo that has 540 HP and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque.
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