The V12 in the M760Li is the first M Performance 12-cylinder unit ever developed and is borrowed from the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Like the other versions of the 7 Series, the new flagship model comes with the ZF’s eight-speed gearbox as standard, and it has a satellite-assisted function that changes gears according to the road ahead, to be as efficient as possible.
The transmission also has M Performance-specific adjustments to the shift programs and comes with Auto-Start-Stop as standard. Also standard is the Integral Active Steering, along with the Executive Drive Pro suspension system with active roll stabilization.
While the flagship version of BMW’s 7 Series bears the M letter, it is not a true performance version of the model. BMW has no plans to release an M version of the 7 Series, judging by the Germans' previous statements on the issue.
Going back to the M760Li, the peak output is reached at 5,500 rpm, while the maximum torque is accessible from 1,500 rpm. The version has an xDrive all-wheel-drive system as standard. While matching the Alpina B7’s horsepower and torque figures, the M760Li is slower on acceleration, with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 MPH) time of 3.9 seconds.
Its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 MPH), but ordering the M Driver’s Package raises the bar to an electronically governed limit of 305 km/h (189 MPH). We must note that the top speed is also lower than the B7’s, but it is electronically limited, so the car could go faster if it were unleashed through the help of a specialized tuner.
In spite of the impressive power and torque figures, the 6,592 cubic-centimeter V12 unit has an NEDC rated fuel economy of 12.6 liters/100 kilometers (18,7 mpg), and CO2 emissions of 294 grams/kilometer, both in the mixed cycle.
In standard, the M760Li features an M aerodynamic package, M sports exhaust system with flap control, M Sport brakes, and a set of M badges. Exclusive to this model version is the front kidney grille, surrounded in “Cerium Grey.” The same shade is applied to the front apron strip, mirror caps, side M logo, the trim strips of the exterior door handles, xDrive logo, model badge, trunk lid handle piece, side door elements, and other ornaments.
The exclusive design features of the M760Li are not over, as the model has a particular design for its rims. The 20-inch alloys are finished in Cerium Grey metallic matt and have a double-spoke design. Concerning the interior, the M760Li version of BMW’s flagship sedan features comfort seats with electric adjustment, covered in Exclusive Nappa leather. The interior of the car boasts "Fineline black" wood trim strips with high-gloss metal effect. The headliner is made of black Alcantara.
On a technological level, the flagship version of the 7 Series is available with all the bells and whistles of the regular sedan. The list is as long, and includes all of the technologies BMW developed for its high-end models, from the advanced key with a touchscreen to Laser headlights.
We must note that the M760Li is available in two interior versions. The first is the standard M760Li, while the second is called Excellence. The latter ditches the M aerodynamic package and interior accessories for a more comfortable approach. Therefore, the Excellence version gets BMW Individual light-alloy rims with W-spoke design, distinctive exterior and interior ornaments, along with a more comfort-oriented interior.
The latter includes a steering wheel with wood and leather applications, distinct wood inlays for the seatbelt outlet, decorative stitching for the lower section of the dash and the Alcantara headliner, along with other special touches. The new BMW M760Li will be publicly showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Until then, feel free to enjoy the high-res photo gallery.