A BMW M7 should be created from the 7-series saloon, says M division engineering boss Albert Biermann.
Even though ALPINA offers a B7 model with high-performance numbers, Biermann says an M7 would be quite difference.
“I would love to compete in this area of the market,” he said. “The money is just there to pick up. An M7 would be a much different proposition to the B7.”
But Biermann said an M7 was not in the product plan at present as M division concentrates on other projects. “There’s so many nice things you could do with unlimited money,” he said.
What does he mean by that? First, the research around an M5 and M6 model with xDrive, two models that would compete with similar offerings from Audi and Mercedes. Second, an M3 version based on the 3 Series GT which could launch in 2016.
BMW M is not planning to extend its suite of SUVs with M versions of the X3 and upcoming X4 to join its X5 M and X6 M models. Instead, it will develop M Performance versions, similar to how Audi differentiates S and RS models.