The new 7-series stands as a benchmark for BMW, and now with the introduction of the new BMW M760Li xDrive, the range now has a flagship model.
The 12-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology is certainly an aspects that helps to reinforces the BMW’s range-topping status. The famous BMW dynamic driving characteristics combined with its supreme luxury help cement this car as a benchmark in the luxury sedan segment.
The M760Li xDrive gives a debut to the new M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder petrol engine. Concealed under a cover bearing “M Performance” lettering, the 6.6-litre V12 develops 441 kW, along with 800 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. Predicted fuel consumption is 12.6 l/100 km on the combined cycle, and CO2 emission of 294 g/km, also on the combined cycle.
This almighty mountain of power means the big sedan is capable of doing 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and can then carry on to an electronically limited top speed of 305 km/h, if the driver opts for the M Drivers Pack. Power transfer is via the state-of-the-art 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, which comes standard. The specific tuning of the shift programs deliver sportier gear changes and more instantaneous downshifts throughout the rev range. The gearbox has been specially tailored to the characteristics of the V12.
The innovative Executive Drive Pro suspension system is a passport to dynamic sharpness and unbeatable ride comfort. Active roll stabilisation minimises body movements, and the system teams up with performance tyres, fitted to exclusive 20” M light-alloy wheels in matt Cerium Grey metallic, to give the new M760Li xDrive the best driving dynamics in its class – without compromising ride comfort.
The rear-biased BMW xDrive intelligent AWD system takes its lead from the available grip levels to distribute engine power to all 4 wheels as the situation demands. This helps to make the M760Li the ultimate sedan in any weather conditions.
Active safety and driving dynamics are also improved thanks to the standard Integral Active Steering system. This complements the more direct steering ratio at the front axle by adjusting the steering angle of the rear wheels according to the situation at hand. This reduces steering effort at low speeds and in dynamic driving, further enhancing agility and active safety. The new 19” M Sport brakes, which come with blue metallic brake calipers and M badging, make for incredible braking at all times.
The new BMW M760Li xDrive shares many innovative driver assistance systems that are available on the rest of the new 7-Series range. The Driving Assistant Plus system includes the Steering and lane control assistant, Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, Rear collision prevention and Crossing traffic warning functions. Meanwhile, the Traffic jam assistant – which involves semi-automated driving – can be used on any type of road. And the Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function now only requires drivers to press a button to incorporate speed restrictions detected by the Speed Limit Info function. The new generation of the Surround View system now also includes a 3D View and Panorama View option in the Control Display.
The M aerodynamic package with larger air intakes in the front and bespoke 20” M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke 760M design with matt Cerium Grey finish guarantee an elegantly sporty appearance. The exclusive galvanised Cerium Grey finish for the kidney grille frame and the fronts of the grille bars, along with the front apron strip, the strips on the exterior door handles, Air Breathers, side door trim elements and boot lid handle, all add colour accents, subtly highlighting the special status of the M760Li xDrive within the 7-Series range and the BMW model line-up as a whole.
Other notable exterior features include the mirror caps, likewise in Cerium Grey, V12 badges on the C-pillars, the M logos on the sides of the car and the xDrive lettering and model badge at the rear. A new M sports exhaust system with flap control generates an emotionally rich V12 soundtrack and adds the finishing touches to the signature M Performance look with its galvanised Cerium Grey twin tailpipe embellishers in exclusive design positioned on either side.
The same spirit is carried through to the interior with the now familiar BMW M Performance character present. The exclusive M leather steering wheel carries the M logo, has Pearl Gloss Chrome multifunction buttons on its spokes and shift paddles for manual gear changes on the reverse. Door sill plates with an illuminated V12 logo, while the instrument cluster contains an exclusive speedometer featuring the model designation and a dial now extending to 330 km/h. Like the M pedals and M driver’s footrest, the special speedo points to the performance potential of the M760Li xDrive. The area of the centre console around the selector level and iDrive Controller is adorned with a BMW Individual decorative inlay in Piano Finish Black and with V12 badging. The optional Touch Command Panel in the rear compartment’s centre armrest hosts a similar V12 identifier.
The electrically adjustable front seats come withmemory function and the Fineline black fine wood interior trim strips with high-gloss metal effect team up with high-quality deep-pile floor mats in the rear compartment and an Alcantara Anthracite headliner to generate a luxurious ambience. Exclusive Nappa leather trim covers the seat surfaces, seat side sections, head restraints, door cards, centre armrests and side armrests to round off the elegant atmosphere in tasteful style.
For customers who seek a more discreet look, the is a V12 Excellence model available at no extra charge. This character variant significantly alters the personality of the BMW M760Li xDrive, shedding the M aerodynamic package and adding 20” BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in W‑spoke 646 design high-gloss polished. There is also a high-gloss Black finish for the brake callipers. Customers choosing the V12 Excellence model can expect their M760Li xDrive to feature a chrome bar extending across the full width of the car in the upper section of the air intake grille. In addition, the kidney grille bars are in Silver with chrome fronts and surrounds likewise in bright chrome.
All the other trim elements on the body also come in bright chrome. In the place of a model designation, the BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence has a “V12” badge on the boot. The exhaust system’s pair of chrome, rectangular tailpipe embellishers are now framed by additional chrome trim. In the interior, meanwhile, the BMW steering wheel features wood inlays, and the V12 lettering in the instrument cluster – whose speedometer on goes as far as 260 km/h – illuminates when the driver fires up the engine. The comfort-biased exhaust system with its refined soundtrack also helps to accentuate the specific character of the V12 Excellence model.
As with all the new 7-series models, the monitor of the iDrive operating system in the new M760Li xDrive comes in touch display form. This means customers will be able to navigate around the system in the same way as with modern electronic devices. In addition to using the Controller to operate the system in the familiar style, its functions can also be selected and activated by touching the screen’s surface.
The iDrive system also features the gesture control system presented in the BMW 7-Series for the first time. Hand movements detected by a 3D sensor control infotainment functions in an extremely intuitive and user-friendly fashion. The gestures can be used for a number of functions, including controlling the volume in audio applications and accepting or rejecting incoming telephone calls. There is also the option of pairing a specific gesture with an individual choice of function. Also joining the fray is a new smartphone holder integrated into the centre console, which enables wireless, inductive charging for mobile phones for the first time in a car.