BMW adds V12-powered 760i and long-wheelbase 760Li to lineup

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The new 6.0L V12 is rated at 536hp (400kW) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) of torque and is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic

The new 6.0L V12 is rated at 536hp (400kW) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) of torque and is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic

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While many doubted BMW was going to add a V12 option to its new 7-series, the carmaker has today unveiled its flagship saloon powered by a brand new twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine. The V12 engine option also sees the 7-series fitted with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, although the new self-shifter is expected to filter across to more BMW models within coming years.

As for the engine, the unit has been developed completely new from the ground up and is rated at 536hp (400kW) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) of torque. Importantly, this peak torque is available from a low 1,500rpm. This achieved with the full gamut of BMW’s latest engine technology, including twin-turbocharging, direct-injection and double-VANOS camshaft adjustment.

No independent testing has been completed but according to BMW’s own numbers the V12 powers the 7-series from 0-62mph in less than 4.6 seconds, while also returning a respectable 18mpg (13L/100km) fuel economy for the European cycle.

In determining the cars’ fuel consumption, BMW engineers already took the stricter EU5 emission standard into account, meaning fuel consumption is down by approximately 4.5% versus the former model.

Standard features include damping control and roll stability, as well as self-leveling air suspension on the long-wheelbase model, and optional active steering. Other safety features include lane-change and lane-departure warning systems, active cruise control, night vision, heads-up-display, reversing camera, and adaptive headlights.
 
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Comments (6)
  1. Isn't this engine shared with the new Rolls

  2. 4.5 secounds!!!!
    thats extremly impressive!
    We are talking about a super luxary car here. My dad has the 2005 750li and thats just super quik of the lights, beats most cars and its just great because you dont compremise on safety, luxary etc....
    But this new 760LI,
    4.5 secounds!!!! thats M teritory!
    Good question NoNameDenton, i think it may be

  3. yeah its the same engine as the new roller,.. practically the same car.

    the roller is on the same platform, a bit of skin changes, and the engine is tuned down for more low end torque and a lower redline... Rollers arent supposed to scream after all.

  4. With that level of power and performance, you have to question the point of Alpina.

  5. This is hugely impressive, and I agree with Mike, it does dull down the alpina models which pack around 500hp where as this has 536hp. It should be one hell of a car.

  6. With that level of power and performance, you have to question the point of Alpina.

    Alpina mods look really good though. Also you are forgetting they do more mods for the lower end cars in the BMW lineup. Their diesel 3-series sounds like a cracker.

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