BMW May Drop V12 from Next-Generation 7-Series

BMW has been offering its flagship car, the 7-Series, with a V12 engine since they launched they second-generation model, back in 1987, and have stuck with it, even in these times of downsizing and ever-stricter emissions regulations. However, with the advent of the next generation 7-Series, due in 2016, that may all change.
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According to, who spoke with BMW Australia pricng manager, Cristoph Priemel, the inclusion of a V12 into the engine range of the next 7 has not been decided yet, and while there are “certainly some focuses where [the car’s planners] set targets in the sense of where emissions should go or what technology should be introduced, but whether it [the 7 Series V12] will be continued or not, the final call has not been made,” he added.

If it does get dropped, its place will probably be taken by a smaller V8 engine, such as a more powerful version of the 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo unit, currently used in the 750i. Even in the current car, the 760Li and the 750i are very evenly matched, on paper at least, so it wouldn’t be that big a stretch for BMW to make this change.
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