Absolutely surprising, the same day the BMW X6 M make its world debut, BMW decides to unveil the BMW 7 Series flagship: 760Li. The car has been rumored to appear for months, but BMW has never confirmed its existence, at least not officially.

As we hinted before, the new BMW 760i and 760Li are powered by a completely new 6.0-litre V12 all-aluminum engine with Twin-Turbo Technology,  High Precision Injection with fuel injected directly into the combustion chambers, and to BMW’s infinite double-VANOS camshaft adjustment as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission featured for the first time in a BMW.

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The V12 engine outputs 544 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 533 lb-ft at 1,500. The wheelbase has been extended by 5.5 inch providing more passenger space and comfort. As expected, the BMW 760 runs from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and it offers improved fuel consumption over the previous model by 4.5 per cent.

BMW 760i and 760Li will be offered in both rear-wheel-drive but also all-wheel-drive.

The exterior design has been slightly modified to differentiate the 760 models from the others, the kidney grille for the radiator boasts an extra-wide chrome frame in slightly concave design as well as bars extending powerfully to the front. The 19-inch wheels are only available on these models and together with the V12 model designation on the chrome-plated gills with their integrated side direction indicators at the transition point between the front side panel and the driver’s and, respectively, front passenger’s door likewise help identify the high-end 7 Series.

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The inside has been modified as well to reflect the ultimate luxury in the 760, stainless-steel door entry trim with an illuminated V12 cover, the instrument panel finished in Nappa leather and other details that makes the 760 owner feel special.

No pricing announcement at this point, but prior to the fall launch, we will learn more. BMW 760Li and 760i will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next week along with the the new BMW X5 M.