The performance-oriented 760Li is BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-AMG S63, Audi S8, et al.
Come 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, BMW will be add a more powerful variant of the 7-Series to the line-up. And this is no ordinary model – it’s an M Performance version, billed as the M760Li xDrive. Inevitably, the newcomer will become the flagship model of the brand, taking the fight against other performance limos such as the Mercedes-AMG S63 and Audi S8.
Since performance is the M760Li’s key highlight, let’s get straight to the facts and some startling figures. Under the hood of the forthcoming model lies a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 petrol engine that develops 592bhp of maximum power and 800Nm of peak-torque. Coupled to that is an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a sophisticated xDrive all-wheel drive system, which propels the M760Li from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h, but should you fancy reaching to business meetings quicker, you can get the optional M Driver’s Package that allows the limo to clock up to 305km/h!
The all-wheel drive system is rear-wheel biased, says BMW. The company has also equipped the new model with active roll stabilization that minimizes body movements. Adjustable air-suspension is standard.
Visually, the M760Li gets some subtle updates. It comes with 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, new bumper design with larger air intakes, new apron design, quad-pipe exhaust and an optional spoiler. Inside, in addition to the standard features and equipment, the cabin of the M760Li will have aluminium sill plates with a V12 moniker, a leather M-branded steering wheel with paddle-shifts, new pedals etc.
BMW will also be offering the M760Li xDrive in Excellence trim, meaning it will come without all the sporty bits – the M aerodynamic package will be removed and simpler-looking wheels and bumpers will be fitted. The exhaust noise will be toned down as well.
BMW will reveal other details about the M760Li, including its price and availability, at the Geneva Motor Show next month.