BMW 7-series M-Sport package makes early debut


As our spy shots revealed in early June, this new styling pack is only a minor upgrade to the standard car

As our spy shots revealed in early June, this new styling pack is only a minor upgrade to the standard car

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Up until the end of last year BMW was in the process of developing a brand new performance car positioned above the current 7-series flagship and destined to enter the premium four-door coupe segment. Then the global economic crisis hit and on the back of weak financial results BMW decided not to risk the launch of such an expensive model. Instead, it will focus on its existing 7-series, in part with the M-Sport package unofficially revealed today.

The planned flagship car, which was expected to wear an 8-series badge, had been conceived as a super sedan for the company and was to draw its styling from the hugely successful CS concept first unveiled back in 2007. While all chances of the 8-series ever arriving in showrooms have now dried up, there is new hope that its legacy will live on in a performance version of the 7-series. And until that high-performance M-version arrives, the M-Sport package will be the best BMW has to offer.

The M-Sport package includes the typical exterior upgrades to give a sharper, sportier appearance, along with interior upgrades to enhance the driver-car interface: M shifter, M steering wheel and M footrest. Carbon fiber trim is also expected to be available. The unofficial photos, revealed by a user at 7Post forums, confirm production of a car our spy photographers caught testing earlier this month.

A 7-series prototype with some very distinct BMW M Division styling elements was spotted testing in Germany in the first week of June, leading to speculation that a new M7 is in the works. BMW’s storied M Division was the group assigned with development of the 8-series and it’s entirely possible that some of its mechanicals, such as a new powertrain and suspension set-up, could still appear in a new M7.

Some of the unique features seen on a previous prototype include a subtle bonnet bulge, oversized brakes and an aggressively styled front bumper with gaping air intakes. A second prototype in black, spied earlier this month and looking similar to the M-Sport photos revealed today, is missing the bonnet bulge and performance wheels and brakes seen on the grey prototype. Furthermore, a lack of M-style fender vents and quad exhaust pipes suggest that the prototypes are only wearing the new 7-series M-styling pack.

Everything remains speculation at this point as BMW is yet to confirm any plans for a new performance 7-series or an M-Sport package, but the evidence seen in these spy shots, and now confirmed with the unofficial M-Sport package images, suggests there is definitely something new for the flagship saloon brewing at BMW.

BMW released official info and pricing on its 1-series, 3-series and 5-series M-Sport packages back in February.
 
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Comments (10)
  1. Takin' the fight to the S65 AMG. Considering how quick the 760i is, this should be a rocketship.

  2. I dont think that this could be the prototype form of the M7. The bumper is aggressive but not enough, the brake discs arent perfurated, mirrors aren't diffrent, no quad exausts, no air intakes anywhere...nothing that could tell really that this could be the M version of the 7-series but the bulge on the bonnet...which i belive is the hint of the hybrid power beneath it.

  3. It is also possibly a mule for the 7 series hybrid

  4. This is what I'm talking about! This is what BMW should be building and not the effeminate metrosexual, sorority girl-mobile the 1 series (with the accompanying (girlie) macho man the X1).

  5. Should this be more aggressive looking? Or maybe this is just another version of the 7 series like say, a 7 series GT? However, I found out this while I'm browsing the internet. The BMW M7 with more aggressive grille. null

  6. Since the range-topping 760i already comes with a twin-turbocharged 6.0L V12 rated at 536hp (400kW) and 553lb-ft (750Nm), this new M7 will likely output upwards of 600hp (448kW) and 738lb-ft (1,000Nm) of torque.

    all i have to say is WHY ??
    The top of the range model is enough surely ?
    Why not drop the V12 into the 5 series and create a bat out of hell supercar??

  7. Since the range-topping 760i already comes with a twin-turbocharged 6.0L V12 rated at 536hp (400kW) and 553lb-ft (750Nm), this new M7 will likely output upwards of 600hp (448kW) and 738lb-ft (1,000Nm) of torque.

    all i have to say is WHY ??
    The top of the range model is enough surely ?
    Why not drop the V12 into the 5 series and create a bat out of hell supercar??

    Why? Because they can, and the BMW 5 series is probably gonna use a turbo V8 for emissions reasons.

  8. Sadly this is all that I think they'll do with the 7. Don't think they'll produce an all out M7, for fear that it'll compete with the exclusive Alpina B7, just as in the past.

  9. I'm agree with you it has completely differed bumpers but i can't see any sing of M style on it. look at pics it long wheelbase 7 series and some sign of us-version and more luxury look. I think it's an armored version of new 7 series.

  10. I think that the 7 is the ugliest of the big three german sedans: The Audi A8, the mercedes S class and the BMW 7 series. I think that it is better to get an S65 AMG.

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