• Jan 13th 2009 at 8:27AM
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Don't get us wrong; we've got no beef with enormously powerful luxury vehicles. In fact, we love 'em. But while Mercedes' AMG division has shoehorned their bestial power plants into all manner of vehicles big and small, BMW's Motorsport division has always drawn a line in the Bavarian sand. They'd tune the 3 Series and the 5 Series along with a handful of coupes and convertibles, but that's where it ended. But that line seems to be eroding, as spy shots of what could be an M7 sedan have been snapped soon after the news of M-tuned X5 and X6 crossovers.
It's hard to tell from the shots exactly what we're looking at, but it appears to be a sportified version of the latest-generation 7 Series (codename F01), complete with quad exhaust tips and lightweight painted wheels. Of course, it could be a tuner special, a simple M-Sport appearance package or an Alpina version, but then why would the BMW badges be covered? If it is an M7, it would be a first for BMW, and could, according to speculation, derive its power from a twin-turbo V12 with over 600 horsepower. Coupled with some weight reduction, the BMW M7 could give the the Mercedes S63 AMG and Audi S8 a run for their money, of which there is plenty at stake in this stratospheric sub-segment. And as with the reported emergence of an xDrive 7 Series, the Bavarians might be growing tired of seeing their customers leave town for Stuttgart or Ingolstadt. Props to RJ for the tip!

[Source: MotorTips]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I was thinking "Alpina" but then, this car is not out yet and couldn't have been "modded" already by Alpina.

      Also, BMW usually uses round/spherical tail-pipe tips, not rectangular ones.
      I'm not sure which is which, but I like it though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Brand, meet water. Now get down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. I'll never be able to afford it, but i like it. Very subtle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm seems kind of odd to cover all the badges of the car, as it is pretty obvious that it is a BMW. Except, and that is my guess, this is the Alpina B7, then it would make sense since they have own badges for their packages. Or since it is in Ulm (as stated in the comments of the source) it could be a Hamann package, they also always change the badges for their own bird thingy. (On their website it says the F01 is "coming soon")
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bmw is probably coming up with some sort of V12 version to satisfy demand in Dubai and Russia. But I don't think this is it, the lack of bmw emblems means its most likely a tuner, hamann possibly?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Of course, it could be a tuner special, a simple M-Sport appearance package or an Alpina version, but then why would the BMW badges be covered?"

      I thought that was standard practice in many European countries, to remove the badges from your BMW or Benz, especially high-performance models, so as not to appear flashy and ostentatious. Imagine, subdlety and humility - the exact opposite of the USA where fake "M" and "Type R" badges and faux fender vents abound.

      I do occasionally see VW's without badges around here, and while I'm not a fan of removing them entirely, I do appreciate the "sleeper" look more than the in-your-face look.

      Anyway, while it is likely they will have an M7 or at least an "M-sport" package, and it would make sense to have M compete with AMG across the entire line... the photo doesn't prove anything one way or another.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I thought that was standard practice in many European countries, to remove the badges from your BMW or Benz, especially high-performance models, so as not to appear flashy and ostentatious."

        Hmmm, I always thought of it for the opposite. Say for instance you drove the cheapest S-class or 7series with the smallest engine, like a 420SEL or 735i (older models yes). Once you take the badges off, the model badges not the company emblem, nobody can tell and you look just like the V8's/V12's,etc etc to many people.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think this is just simply a result of some people that prefer the look of no badges at all... especially during an automotive trend that veers towards bigger and bigger sizes (ever take a good look at the C-Class MB badge on the grill lately? or take almost any recently debuted car/SUV for that matter).
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I've said again and again: a tuned 7 is not in the true spirit of the ///Motorsport division (this car will NEVER see a track), but is definitely a smart business decision...
        • 6 Years Ago
        "always drawn a line in the sand?"

        I think its been more of an issue of not having anything to shove in the 7 series because they havent held back anywhere else. As soon as they did an M-XUV, they lost any right they had to pick on AMG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How many M3/M5 owners really take their cars to the track?

        I'm not saying none of them do it, but I can bet that the very large majority of them don't.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There has not been an M XUV.

        They have done various "Sport" versions of the X series but no M.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I still think this is an Alpina mule, in which case the BMW badges would still be covered, as Alpina cars use the Alpina badge. It kinda makes sense for Alpina's next b7 to run the m5/m6 engine with a supercharger. That would be in the 600-700 hp range, and the quad exhaust makes sense.

        BMW has stated many many times there will not be a M7, nor a M1 (while a CSL like 1 series may happen and is in truth would be an M car like the 850 csi which for somewhat obvious reasons was not called the M8)
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is true, I have to run to BMW dealer to get my deposit for BMW 750Li back. I will definitely wait a year or so for this car
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with geo.stewart. I remember an interview wit hone of the M division directors or eningeers where he said the 7 series chassis was just too big and unwieldy to ever be a M. But WTF is up with these M SUV's? So I think they've already gone back on that and an M7 makes total sense. Maybe if there's a Transporter 4, he'll be back in a BMW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the m7 is damn cool !
      guys check out this cool video of the BMW M7 -

      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW can get 600hp from the 6.75 V12 in the Rolls Royce, or derive a nice 90 degree V12 from the M5/6 V10
      BMW can get the ZF 8hp70

      BMW doesn't need to turbo a V12 to get 600hp
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw this car in Münich in the middle of october, and are almost certain it´s the upcoming V12. But wouldn´t mind a M7, thats for sure....
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