BMW M760Li xDrive

BMW has unveiled its latest addition to the G11/G12 BMW 7 Series line-up with the new M760Li xDrive. The new M Performance variant now serves as the flagship model for the 7 Series, packing a powerhouse of an engine with handling and visual enhancements to match.

Where the 750i only has a 4.4 litre turbo V8 (444 hp/650 Nm) under the bonnet, the M760Li xDrive has BMW’s N74B66 6.6 litre TwinPower Turbo V12 with 600 hp at 5,550 rpm and 800 Nm at 1,500 rpm. Curiously, those numbers are identical to that of the Alpina B7 xDrive, although the tuned 7 gets its power from a V8 instead.

With this huge influx of power, 0-100 km/h is dealt with in just 3.9 seconds. Keep the pedal floored and you’ll soon hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h, or 305 km/h if you tag on the optional M Driver’s Package (which you should).

The task of transmitting the power to all four wheels is BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission (with M Performance-specific tuning) and xDrive all-wheel drive system, with the latter being rear-biased.

BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence

The M760Li also gains the Executive Drive Pro suspension system featuring active roll stabilisation. The missile limo comes with the Integral Active Steering system with rear wheel steering so less effort is required at low speeds.

With such a gain in performance, visual upgrades are a given to differentiate the M760Li from the rest of the group. Here, the sedan gets an M aerodynamic package with larger air intakes at the front and 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in matte Cerium Grey metallic with 19-inch M Sport brakes in blue metallic.

Cerium Grey is also applied on the kidney grille, front apron strip, the strips on the exterior door handles, Air Breathers, side door trim, mirror caps and boot lid handle. Even the M sports exhaust system’s twin tailpipes get the same finish. Rounding up the exterior changes are “V12” and M badging.

Inside, the luxurious interior gets an injection of sportiness with an M leather steering wheel, illuminated door sill plates with the “V12” logo, new speedometer that indicates up to 330 km/h, and more V12 badging.

BMW M760Li xDrive

For customers looking to downplay the aggressive performance for something classier, the V12 Excellence option is also available as a no cost option. The package replaces the wheels with 20?inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in W?spoke 646 design with mixed-size tyres (front 245/40R20, rear 275/35R20).

Additionally, the pack also includes an optional high-gloss black finish for the brake calipers, full-width chrome bar for the air intake grille, silver-chrome kidney grille bars and bright chrome for other areas. You’ll also get a “V12” badge on the boot lid, and a more comfort-biased interior with a wood-inlayed steering wheel and speedometer that extends up to 260 km/h instead.

The 7 Series’ list of safety and driver assistance systems are still present here with Driving Assistant Plus featuring steering and lane control assist, Lane keep assist with active side collision protection, rear collision prevention and crossing traffic warning functions.

GALLERY: BMW M760Li xDrive

GALLERY: BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence