The land-rocket, otherwise known as BMW M760Li xDrive, is living up to its nickname, showing its eye-watering velocities in a number of videos posted online. The V12-powered beast is a freak of nature, keeping up with the 5.2-meter long limousine requiring either similar amounts of power or less of it combined with low weight. That said, the BMW could have its work cut out for it against smaller rivals, as long as you’re dealing with curves instead of straight roads.
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That’s what we’re looking at here, with the BMW M760Li going up against a peculiar foe, the recently launched Peugeot 308 GTi. The French hot hatch comes with a 272 HP 1.6-liter turbocharged-into-oblivion engine under the hood, developed to turn the small city car into a ferocious French bulldog, if that’s even a thing. It’s a decently fun car that I had the chance of driving and, even though it sends all of its power to the front axle, the wheels do a good job at putting the power down and controlling the torque steer.
You’d also be riding in a car that tips the scale at half the tilt compared to the 7er, and that’s a big difference. It basically means that the Peugeot has the HP/kg ratio of a 540 HP car and that’s still not enough to keep up with the 2.4-ton beast that’s riding alongside it. The BMW M760Li xDrive comes with 610 HP and 800 Nm of torque, figures good enough to send it in a frenzy up to 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 3.7 seconds.
It used to be the fastest car BMW ever made until the new M5 came out and that says a lot about the ferocious character of this limo. The footage below however, shows the two side by side and while we know exactly what car we’d pick, you can’t help but cheer for the little guy every once in a while.