Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW | posted February 12, 2016 15:36
M Performance arrives in the BMW M760i xDrive
The new-generation G11 7-Series is now available in performance guise after BMW revealed the M760i xDrive ahead of this year's Geneva Motor Show. The automaker billed the car of combining luxury, style and new technology with a M Performance powertrain.
From the outside, the M760i gets a M Aerodynamic Package. The front foglights have been replaced with two large air intakes which add a more 'voluminous' appearance according to BMW. Cerium Gray trim pieces and surrounds can be seen on the dual kidney grill, active air flap louvers and along the doors.
V12 badging, distinct side mirrors and 20-inch alloy wheels complete the décor on the side of the M760i. The rear, on the other hand, relatively carries over from standard models though gets minor additions like: key-colored trunk trim and M-exclusive sport exhaust and rear spoiler.
Overall cabin finish of the M760i xDrive substantially remains the same as well apart from some minor additions. It gets a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel from M Performance, paddle shifters, stainless steel pedals and illuminated door sill plates. A piano black trim and V12 badging on the center console round off the interior décor of the new M Performance sedan.
In terms of features, a wide array of high-tech amenities envelope both the driver and passengers. Heads-up display with larger projection, Assist eCall and iDrive with touchscreen and gesture control are just some of the features that come as standard on the M760i xDrive.
Perhaps the centerpiece of the new M Performance sedan is the all-aluminum 6.6-liter V12 under the hood. Benefiting from direct-injection and BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology, it cranks out 608 PS at 5,500 rpm along with nearly 800 Nm of torque readily available at 1,500 rpm. With those figures, BMW claimed it can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Power is then transferred to all four wheels via the xDrive system and 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission.
To keep vibrations low, BMW stated that the engine has iron-coated aluminum pistons, forged connecting rods and a forged crankshaft. The transmission, on the other hand, can be specifically set by way of the Driving Dynamics Control. This same system also manages the type of steering, handling and engine response. Moreover, the transmission sends most of its power to the rear wheels, signifying the car's M Performance lineage according to BMW.
Other technological accolades present on the car are: retuned air suspension, Active Comfort Drive with Road Review Technology and the Integral Active Steering System which allows rear-wheel steering.