While the world marvels at the latest green-inspired creations to hit the floor in New York, BMW has released details of its newest flagship, the trend-defying V12 760i and long-wheelbase alternative 760Li.
The big Bimmers assume leadership of the current BMW range, offering the ultimate in luxury motoring, and are set to premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show from April 22 to April 28.
BMW says the 760i and Li mark “a new standard of motoring refinement, dynamic performance and all-around efficiency in a vehicle with this kind of power and output,” a claim that carries a measure of substance, given the numbers accompanying the announcement.
BMW has included a brand new 6.0 litre, all-aluminium, twin turbo-charged V12 engine - which is also expected below the bonnet of the Rolls-Royce's 200EX – paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, a new addition to the company's range.
The engine produces 400kw (544hp) of power and an impressive maximum torque figure of 750Nm (553lb-ft), available at a low 1500rpm.
This allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, while the top speed is electronically speed limited to 250km/h - disappointing for getaway drivers, but perfectly reasonable for everyday use.
The 760 and 760Li are also relatively fuel-friendly for their size, recording an average fuel consumption of 12.9 litres per 100 kilometres in the EU test cycle.
As has become the norm in the industry, BMW says it has taken EU 5 emissions standards into very serious consideration in the construction of the vehicle. Fuel consumption is also down, a creditable 4.5 percent less than the previous model.
At this stage, BMW has confirmed the 760i and 760Li for Europe and the US. It will be interesting to see whether a market still remains for these top-end 'motherships' in this new environmentally-focused world.
The new BMW 760i. The new BMW 760Li.
The new BMW 7 Series already sets the benchmark in luxury performance motoring – and now BMW is moving up the standard of maximum exclusivity and supremacy in this supreme class to an even higher level, following a completely new definition: The new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li are taking over the top position within BMW's model portfolio, representing the highest level of motoring refinement in their segment.
The heart and foundation of this exceptional new standard comes from the twelve-cylinder power unit featured in both top models in the BMW 7 Series. Developed as a completely new engine from the ground up, the V12 is a master¬piece of modern engine technology. Superior power of 400 kW/544 hp comes at an engine speed of 5,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 750 Newton-metres (553 lb-ft) from just 1,500 rpm.
Combined with the likewise brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission, this twelve-cylinder offers not only unparalleled motoring refinement, but also supreme driving dynamics through its ability to convert seemingly unlimited power reserves spontaneously and with precise control at all times into supreme driving dynamics.
Once again, BMW's twelve-cylinder power unit is the epitome of refined performance, grand touring comfort, and stylish exclusivity. The new BMW 760i as well as the new BMW 760Li with its wheelbase extended by 14 centimetres or 5.5" for particular comfort – if not to say, luxury – at the rear, provide the clear answer to the question as to what one may expect of a genuine luxury performance saloon, with fascinating new features underscoring BMW's claim to leadership in the luxury segment.
The drivetrain with all its technical features is a masterpiece of supremacy in every respect. This applies both to the 6.0-litre all-aluminium power unit with TwinPower Turbo Technology, ¬High Precision Injection with fuel injected directly into the combustion chambers, and to BMW's infinite double-VANOS camshaft adjustment as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission featured for the first time in a BMW.
Benefiting from all these technologies, the new BMW 760i and the BMW 760Li offer a new standard of motoring refinement, dynamic performance and all-round efficiency in a vehicle with this kind of power and output. Acceleration to 100 km/h comes in just 4.6*) seconds, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 12.9*) litres/100 kilometres on the new BMW 760i.
In determining the cars' fuel consumption, BMW's engineers have already taken the stricter EU5 emission standard into account, meaning that with the cars' performance improving significantly fuel consumption is down by approximately 4.5 per cent versus the former model.
* Provisional figures