Jalopnik: BMW’s 767 – The Golden Fish That Got Away

Interesting | October 17th, 2010 by 6
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Nearly a year ago, BMWBLOG featured a story on the BMW secret 7 Series model that never made it to the production line. Codename E32, the special 7 was powered by BMW’s first V16 engine. The numbers on the V16 engine were nothing short of impressive boasting 408 bhp at 5200rpm and 461 ft lb of torque at 3900rpm, more than 100bhp and 100 ft lb torque than the 5.0 liter V12.

Within the walls of BMW, the Secret Seven project was also known as the “Goldfish”. Reason being, the 7 Series sedan that the V16 engine was fitted into was a golden color so the project was christened the Goldfish.

The V16 engine measured 12 inches longer than the M70 V12 that sat in the bay of the 750i. Extra space in the engine bay was nonexistent with the M70 so the addition of four extra cylinders posed a bit of a challenge. The engine block of the V16 was made using high silicone aluminum with the pistons running directly inside the bores that had been etched and honed during the manufacturing process so the iron-coated pistons would run against hard silicone crystals.

bmw v16 655x474Today, our friends from Jalopnik bring back the memory of the Goldfish, but also feel free to read our extensive article by Joey Babs.

Code named “Goldfish,” the 767 — with an impressive 6.7-litre V16 engine — could have made BMW’s greatest dream to utterly dominate Mercedes come true.

The Bavarian manufacturer needs no introduction. Its reputation is far too strong. Be it the least expensive 1 Series or a fully loaded 760, every BMW oozes of Freude am Fahren.

And that’s just swell, until people start making the comparison with Mercedes. These two have been at it for a long time now, but BMW hasn’t been able to take the crown for good from its Stuttgart-based nemesis. Sure, most people admit that Bayrische cars tend to be sportier, but when the subject changes to luxury and prestige the Merc always comes out on top.

Dreamt up in the late eighties by Dr. Karlhienz Lange and two colleagues, the 767 was a concept car based on the then-fresh E32 750i/750iL.