BMW’s M division may at last be preparing a halo offering in the big 7 Series range, a new report out of Germany suggests.
Rumours of a performance-tuned M7 have been doing the rounds for years, but BMW M has so far resisted the temptation.
In 2009, former BMW M boss (now MINI chief) Kay Segler told industry paper Automotive News that the figures for an M7 don’t stack up.
"We’ve looked at that [the M7] and decided not to do it," Segler told the paper.
"The 760 with awd is a very strong offer. The M sales would be too small for our total investment."
Above: M7 rendering by Ascaridida, based on current model. Below: next year's new 7 Series.
But, according to German paper Autobild, Segler’s replacement Franciscus van Meel and his number-crunchers may have determined that if there’s a case for the Audi S8 and AMG S 63, one can also be made for the M7.
The magazine reports that the M7 will join the upcoming next-generation 7 Series range next year, driven by a V12 engine producing similar power to the S 65 AMG’s 463kW V12.
But, while a 12-cylinder heart would have plenty of appeal, it’s possible that BMW M would instead look to the 4.4 litre turbo V8 that offers 441kW in the M5 Jahre - comfortably shading the 382kW S8 and 430kW S 63.
Still, with no sources cited, Autobild’s report should be taken with a grain of Kochsalz.
Watch for the new 7 Series range to appear in the year ahead.