BMW fans waiting for a new 7 Series sedan with 12-cylinder power may be in for a treat if an online leak is anything to go by.
Enthusiast site Bimmer Today has stumbled upon a new model via the carmaker’s configurator and was able to grab some pics before the pages were pulled down.
The models revealed are called ‘760Li’ and ‘M760Li’, which is most likely BMW-speak for a pair of long-wheelbase sedans powered by a V12 petrol engine - one more sporting than the other.
Which V12 engine? Recent rumours point to the 6.6 litre twin-turbo unit used by Rolls-Royce, which produces 465kW and 800Nm.
Whether the engine would be detuned for its appearance in the ‘cheaper’ BMW 760Li or not is unclear, but the eight-speed automatic could comfortably carry over for use in a 7 Series model and the V12 in its original state of tune could serve the M variant.
One of the models pictured is simply the 750i with new badges on the back (although a little mixed up), and the website claims that a further glitch for the 730d pictures actually previews the 760’s new rear bumper and quad exhaust tips.
Bimmer Today has taken a stab at the price, suggesting €140,000 (AU$211,000) is on the money for the entry-level model in its home market of Germany.
The leak dims the chances that an ‘M7’ luxury performance model is on the way, as predicted in reports earlier this year.
Whether a V12-powered 760 model would make it to Australia or not remains to be seen, but given rival Mercedes-Benz offers the S-Class and AMG S 65 models locally with 12-cylinder engines, we’re guessing the local BMW office would be keen on the idea.
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