BMW announces new V12-powered 760i and 760Li in Europe
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As other automakers begin to move towards smaller, more efficient engines, BMW hasn't given up on the V12. Not only has the company added a V12 to the latest 7 series, it's an all new engine with 6.0-liters of displacement, carrying the same technology as the new 4.4-liter V8 in the 750i. Twin turbocharging and direct injection yield 544 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. Unlike the V8, the 12 retains the standard intake in the valley, exhaust on the outside flow configuration. An eight-speed automatic transmission will deliver all that juice to the rear wheels.
The V12 will be available in both the standard and extended wheelbase variants of the 760 and will push it 60 mph in a claimed 4.6 seconds. The 760 reportedly also gets a combined 18.2 mpg (US) on the EU test cycle.
A 6.6-liter version will power the production version of the new Rolls-Royce 200EX and should probably top the 600 hp mark. Since BMW slipped out this press release in Europe while making no mention of the 760 here in New York, it seems unlikely that the V12 will be coming Stateside, although we're checking with BMW to confirm.
UPDATE: We have confirmed with BMW that the V12-powered 760i will be sold in the U.S., more details to come.
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So they can't bring the 4-cylinder and the diesel powered 1 series here, but they see fit to bring a gratuitous 12-cylinder 7 series that can be the illustration with the entry in the dictionary where "excess" is defined. No doubt there'll be a lot of overtime on that production line :crazy.
That's for sure. They could be pursuing another image for themselves, unfortunately they are not.
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