Rumor: BMW M770i xDrive coming with next-generation 7 Series

Rumors | July 16th, 2012 by 13
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The idea of a BMW M7-like vehicle comes back to focus. According to Automobile Magazine, BMW plans to introduce a flagship M car with the next generation 7 Series but the high-performance 7 Series will be labeled M700i xDrive and is heading to the U.S. in 2015.

The 7 Series M Performance Automobile will likely feature the V8 Twin-Turbo 4.0 liter engine producing around 475 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. While the M770i xDrive is geared towards customers asking for a high-performance and sporty 7 Series, the M-like car will be underpowered when compared to the V12 760Li which outputs 570 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque.

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But just like the other M Performance Automobiles (M135i, M550d, BMW X5 M50d and X6 M50d), the M770i xDrive is tuned by the M division to be a car that offers a balance between a track-focused sporty automobile and a daily driver. The MPA (M Performance Automobile) 7 Series is said to have the roof, trunk, and hood made out of carbon fiber. To keep the weight down, the company will offer lightweight sport seats, carbon-ceramic brakes, a thin-wall exhaust with four tailpipes, and lightweight 20 inch wheels. BMW aims to shave about 450 lbs.

The M770i Xdrive will continue to rely on aluminum for suspension components, firewalls, and doors, with steel forming the rest of the unibody. Carbon fiber will be used as well.  All these weight savings will place the M770i xDrive in the weight class as the Jaguar XJ which uses an aluminum chassis.

The engine could be paired with the new ZF 9-speed automatic transmission.