Rumor: V12 760Li no certainty for next-generation 7 Series

Rumors | November 27th, 2012 by 6
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Over the last years BMW has been downsizing its fleet of engines with most of the powerplants now being four and six-cylinder units. But one …

Over the last years BMW has been downsizing its fleet of engines with most of the powerplants now being four and six-cylinder units. But one gem is still part of the current BMW engine family: a 6.0 liter V12.

The powerful V12 can be found under the hood of the flagship 760Li, as well as under the bonnet of the Rolls Royce Ghost. Dubbed N74, the 6.0 liter is a twin-turbocharged V12 DOHC piston engine which replaced the N73 naturally-aspirated predecessor. The V12 twin-turbo outputs 535 horsepower @ 5250 rpm and 750 Nm (550 lb-ft) of torque at 5000 rpm.

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The V12 engine has been part of the BMW 7 Series history for a quarter of a century, but according to CarAdvice its future is uncertain. In an interview with the magazine, BMW Australia product and pricing manager Christoph Priemel says there were no guarantees the sixth-generation 7 Series – due in 2016 – would still use the V12 powerplant.

“The planning for whether the V12 engine will be kept, that’s not decided yet,” said Priemel.

Furthermore, he added that “there’s certainly some focuses where [the car’s planners] set targets in the sense of where emissions should go or what technology should be introduced, but whether it [the 7 Series V12] will be continued or not, the final call has not been made.”

Despite its extreme power, the 760Li is not the highest seller in the 7 Series range, mostly due to its high-price, and it remains one of the most exclusive BMWs on the market now.

Read our test drive of the 2013 BMW 760Li

6 responses to “Rumor: V12 760Li no certainty for next-generation 7 Series”

  1. Matt Stokes says:

    This would be a big shame. It’s the Bayerishe Motoren Werke… pretty poor if they don’t even offer a V12 motoren!

    • Markh says:

      Do you own a BMW with a V12 engine? How many 760’s do you see on the road? Or are you just blabbing from an emotional viewpoint, instead of a financial viewpoint?

      • Mateo says:


        I saw one BRAND NEW in East Europe Croatia, this shithole!!!

        so i don’t thnik couple of americans can’t afford v12 bmw

      • Matt Stokes says:

        Nope, only 10 cylinders between both of them, and I don’t see many 760’s around… that’s not really the point though. V12 engines are a bit special, partly because they are not very common, it’s unique, it sets the car apart from the cheaper 7’s, and when you see one, you know it is something special. It adds to the appeal of BMW’s flagship car. Also, in this current era of downsizing and austerity, for those who can afford a twin-turbo V12, it is a satisfying ‘STFU’ to the hybrid brigade.

        That’s my viewpoint, I guess it’s an emotional one. Attitude problem aside, what’s yours?

  2. Viper says:

    that is very likely to be true , bmw has gone nutty in downsizing for quite some time ,they dont offer anything between 4.4 and one 6.0l engine! , the 5.0 from previous gen. M5 was dropped for 4.4 , the 4.8 in X5 also….I don’t see anything more than mid 3.0 in bmw future , not to mention bigger stuff like 5.0 and up , no way , right now the V12 in 760 is alien in bmw lineup , so was the V10 …..those times are long gone , V10 , V12 , and even V8 is questionable in my opinion , considering their downsizing policy , turbo’s , fwd cars etc….its a shame in one way , on the other its a whole new chapter , I don’t see dudes from Stuttgart doing neither of those things…odd

  3. luke says:

    the v12 can be replaced with twin turbo v10 for bmw 7 series flagship,just a thought.go on,keep up a good work bmw

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