The BMW E32 was the first 7-Series with a V12 engine. The BMW 750i featured the M70, a 5.0 litre V12 that was also installed in the E31 8-Series. It had a 4,988cc displacement, 2 valves per cylinder, one camshaft per cylinder bank, a bore and stroke of 75 x 84 and a compression ratio of 8.8:1. Peak horsepower was 300 PS at 5,200rpm while peak torque was 450Nm at 4,100rpm. 0 to 100km/h took 7.4 seconds.

The latest F01 7-Series was introduced with only three engines, with the largest being a twin turbocharged V8. As impressive as those sedans may be, I am still waiting for a 760i V12 to be unveiled, perhaps with that 8-speed ZF automatic that was rumoured to be installed to the entire F01 range.