The latest BMW 7-Series is not even a year old, but the G11 iteration of the flagship Bimmer has already gained a reputation as one of the most advanced cars out there. Now it looks like it has set its sights on leading the pack performance-wise as well, as evidenced by the all-new M760Li xDrive.
The new top-spec 7-Series gains M Performance power along with other bits designed specifically to help it blaze past the competition. The best thing about all this is that it looks the part, too. The front fascia's twin-kidney grille, door handles and mirror caps, for instance, are given exclusive Cerium Gray finishes. The look is further enhanced by larger air intakes, V12 logos on the C-pillars, M badges on the side panels, and xDrive lettering on the rear deck.
What really sets the new M760Li xDrive apart from its "lesser" 7-Series siblings is the 6.6-liter TwinPower turbo V12 motor that puts out 600hp at 5,500rpm, and 800Nm from as low as 1,500rpm. Equipped with an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox, the M760Li xDrive can rocket to 100kph from a standstill in a supercar-like 3.9 seconds. Buyers can even opt for the M Driver’s Package that increases terminal velocity from the electronically limited 250kph to 305kph.
For those who would rather go for something more earth-friendly, BMW will soon offer the 740e iPerformance. This new line possesses the traits of M Performance cars but is set apart by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Just like the 330e iPerformance, the 740e iPerformance is a plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo lump with an electric motor. This combo is good for a total system output of 326hp and a claimed fuel mileage of around 50km/L.
With power on all four wheels, the 740e iPerformance variant can be identified by BMW i-Style logos on the kidney grille and the wheel caps, the i badges on the front fenders, and the xDrive moniker on the C-pillars.
Performance or fuel efficiency? It’s your choice. Either way, you can’t lose. It’s a BMW 7-Series after all.