Along with a series of M models – and some Safety Cars – the motorsport division of BMW has also brought their first 7 Series M Performance Automobile to the 2016 M Festival.
While the new BMW M760Li xDrive isn’t exactly a full-fledged M car, but more of an M Performance variant much like the M235i and X4 M40i, it’s the closest thing we’re going to get to a proper M7. The current BMW 7 Series’ new lightweight platform is a great place to start, as its Carbon Core technology gives it a light and rigid chassis befitting that of a sports car.
The BMW M760Li xDrive comes with a variety of changes over the standard 7 Series, chief of which is the mighty 6.6 liter TwinPower turbocharged V12 that develops a monstrous 610 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. All of that power and torque is sent through the familiar ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, though it has an M-specific tune to it to make shifts slightly more aggressive.
Performance figures are equally astonishing, as the sprint from 0-60 mph comes in just 3.9 seconds, which is far faster than a vehicle as big and heavy as the 7 Series should be able to go. The M760Li’s top speed is a governed 155 mph but, with the M Driver’s Package that top speed bumps up to 189 mph.