If you want a fast, full size German sedan, there is no shortage of models available on the market. Audi has its S8, Mercedes-Benz has its AMG-tuned S-Class and BMW offers its V-12-powered 760Li, which may be fast but falls short of being nimble or even entertaining.
There’s also the BMW 7-Series-based Alpina B7, but what’s oddly absent from the BMW product line is an M-tuned version of the company’s flagship sedan. BMW has even gone so far as to trademark the M7 name
, which seems to go counter to the M Division’s belief that the 7-Series is too much of a luxury car to wear a full M badge
Enter the ever-increasing range of M-Performance BMWs, like the upcoming M235i
or the not-for-U.S.-consumption M550d and X5 M50d
. M Performance gives buyers a taste of the M treatment, without substantially revising the car (or crossover) from other production forms.
According to World Car Fans
), the long-awaited performance version of the BMW 7-Series
will debut in 2013 under the M750i name. Expect the car to get a version of BMW’s 4.4-liter Twin Power Turbo V-8 engine, up-rated to an estimated 450 horsepower. Rear-drive will be standard, but all-wheel-drive is expected to be an available option.
Look for suspension development beyond the M Sport package, too, as BMW will need to justify the car’s higher price in the lineup. While nothing has been set in stone, the M750i is expected to hit the market priced above the current 750i but below the range-topping 760Li.