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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.

We have confirmed with BMW that the V12-powered 760i will be sold in the U.S., more details to come.

[Source: BMW]

The new BMW 760i. The new BMW 760Li.

* 09.04.2009
* Press Kit

The new BMW 7 Series already sets the benchmark in luxury performance motoring – and now BMW is moving up the standard of maximum exclusivity and supremacy in this supreme class to an even higher level, following a completely new definition: The new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li are taking over the top position within BMW's model portfolio, representing the highest level of motoring refinement in their segment.

The heart and foundation of this exceptional new standard comes from the twelve-cylinder power unit featured in both top models in the BMW 7 Series. Developed as a completely new engine from the ground up, the V12 is a master¬piece of modern engine technology. Superior power of 400 kW/544 hp comes at an engine speed of 5,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 750 Newton-metres (553 lb-ft) from just 1,500 rpm.

Combined with the likewise brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission, this twelve-cylinder offers not only unparalleled motoring refinement, but also supreme driving dynamics through its ability to convert seemingly unlimited power reserves spontaneously and with precise control at all times into supreme driving dynamics.

Once again, BMW's twelve-cylinder power unit is the epitome of refined performance, grand touring comfort, and stylish exclusivity. The new BMW 760i as well as the new BMW 760Li with its wheelbase extended by 14 centimetres or 5.5" for particular comfort – if not to say, luxury – at the rear, provide the clear answer to the question as to what one may expect of a genuine luxury performance saloon, with fascinating new features underscoring BMW's claim to leadership in the luxury segment.

The drivetrain with all its technical features is a masterpiece of supremacy in every respect. This applies both to the 6.0-litre all-aluminium power unit with TwinPower Turbo Technology, ¬High Precision Injection with fuel injected directly into the combustion chambers, and to BMW's infinite double-VANOS camshaft adjustment as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission featured for the first time in a BMW.

Benefiting from all these technologies, the new BMW 760i and the BMW 760Li offer a new standard of motoring refinement, dynamic performance and all-round efficiency in a vehicle with this kind of power and output. Acceleration to 100 km/h comes in just 4.6*) seconds, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 12.9*) litres/100 kilometres on the new BMW 760i.

In determining the cars' fuel consumption, BMW's engineers have already taken the stricter EU5 emission standard into account, meaning that with the cars' performance improving significantly fuel consumption is down by approximately 4.5 per cent versus the former model.

*) Provisional figures

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good to know. This is what the 40 year old greasy haired douchebags and Botox-ed gold digger bitches will be driving next year. Sorry if you are offended by that, but by definition, you must be a douchebag. Or a gold digger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or should BMW have gone quad turbo?

      Surely they should have just put two TT3.0 I6's together?

      What could be better than TWO International Engine of the Year's mounted on a common crank!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe later by BMW M.
        dual turbos helps keep things quieter, and helps cold start emissions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You could call that arrangement a "Twin-line Twelve"!
        That would be a cool arrangement

        you could also put the engines end to end, and make an inline-12.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow....thats more then enough power then this car will need....kinda a waste if you think about it.

      If that engine moves that large car that fast...imagine it in a smaller car....

      Also....this car is very ugly to me but the white paint helps it look a little better....still cant help the fact it looks like a Lexus LS with a BMW grill.

        • 6 Years Ago
        That's funny, because when I look at the new LS, I can't help but think it looks like an old 7 series with a Lexus grille. Lexus ripped them off first, after they got tired of biting of Mercedes with the first two LS's.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait, let me get this straight. You're comparing that underpowered, poorly engineered piece of crap to a BMW? Wow. The LS is-and has always been-proof beyond any doubt that Toyota does not have the ability to compete with Mercedes or BMW on anything other than price.

        1. Lexus cannot properly tune a suspension.
        I've had the distinct displeasure of being forced to operate (by virtue of my last job) both the LS400 and the LS430 on multiple occasions. Never in my life have I been so eager to get out of a vehicle so quickly. Both cars were utterly appalling in their complete inability to control body roll, squat, and dive. I understand that these are supposed to be luxury cars and are softly sprung as a result; that's expected and completely acceptable. The S class-and to an extent, the 7 series and the A8-is also softly sprung. And yet, none of the German cars exhibit the same complete lack of body control that the LSes did. Hell, I owned a 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille that didn't exhibit as much squat under acceleration or dive under braking as the LSes did. And by all counts the LS460 continues this proud tradition of unimpressive-if-not-outright-laughable performance with a 0.80g run around a 300ft skidpad and a maximum speed through C&D's lane change test of a whopping 54.9mph. The next worst was the Mercedes S550, and even that barge pulled off 0.84g and 59.9mph. The BMW 750Li hit 63.5mph and 0.87g. I'm sorry, Toyota what? Pathetic.

        2. The LSes are gutless slugs.
        The LS400s I've driven were so slow as to put me in danger of developing sudden onset narcolepsy while they leisurely meandered up to freeway speeds. The LS430 was only marginally better. The LS460 continues the trend of utterly laughable performance with a 0-60 run (if you could call it a run-I'd call it more of an easy jog...) to 60 of-wait for it-6.2 seconds. Wow. How's it feel to lose stoplight drag races to V6 Honda Accords in a $70,000 imitation luxury car? Bet that's embarrassing... Tell you what, I'm just gonna go park an S550 down at the other end of the drag strip and wait for your LS460 to catch up-a party to which you will be arriving at half a second late and 3mph too slow. Pathetic.

        3. Their brakes are as inadequate as their engines.
        209ft. 209ft is the distance the first LS460 C&D tested took to grind to a halt from 70mph. The second one took 207ft. A GMC Yukon Denali does it in 187; a Mercedes S550 does it in 182. The Jaguar Super V8 takes only 164. Hell, a 1971 Buick Riviera with 11" discs in front, 12" drums out back, without ABS, on BIAS PLY tires stops faster than the Toyota does-by a full 12ft, pulling up in 197ft. 209ft for a passenger car currently in production is unacceptable. It's not safe. And it's pathetic.

        You can whine all you want about how it's not a performance car and none of that matters, but let's get a few more things straight; first and foremost, braking and handling are safety concerns. I don't care whether the vehicle in question is a SUV, a luxury sedan, a sports car, or a golf cart. Handling and braking impact your ability to avoid an accident, and on both fronts the LS is substandard. The braking distance is flat out dangerous and a 55mph lane change result isn't exactly impressive either. The LS is definitely not a car that I'd want to be in if somebody in front of me on the freeway lost something off the back of their truck or did something stupid. Secondly, like it or not, performance matters. You can argue about whether it should or not all you want but I'm telling you from extensive experience with the people that buy cars like this-both as friends and family and at my previous job as a service advisor for a repair shop dealing with high end automobiles-that in the real world, it absolutely does matter. More than once I've seen people choose-or have been told that they've chosen-one car over the other because it was the faster of the two.

        In short, the Lexus LS is-and has always been-a vehicle for those lacking either the taste to purchase a true luxury automobile, or the ability (or just the desire) to fund the purchase and subsequent upkeep of one.

        -C&D 2006 Jaguar Super V-8 vs. 2007 M-B S550, 2006 Audi A8L, 2007 Lexus LS460L, 2006 BMW 750Li / Chauffeur Showdown: Are sporty driving characteristics and long-wheelbase luxury mutually exclusive? We find out.
        -C&D 2008 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V-6 - Short Take Road Test
        -C&D 2007 Lexus LS460 - Road Test
        -C&D 2007 GMC Yukon Denali - Short Take Road Test
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSWLDgNlT0M @ 02:35
        • 6 Years Ago
        This car is intended for diplomats and VIP that require drivers. If you order an Li, you're sitting in the back, not driving. And in case of an emergency that V12 will definitely help your chances at getting away.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So you imply that this new 7 looks like the rip off mix of S-class front and E65 5 series back....Funny indeed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The new LS looks like the old 7 series ??? are you blind?

        Seriously....the LS never look anything like the 7 series...the 7 was always weird looking to me. The new one looks more bland and simple...reason why it looks good over the over designed pervious model.




        Also....the Next LS will be killer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also...i think the interior looks too fussy, buttons everywhere....not really an elegant flowing cabin design that should be there like in the LS and S-Class. This interior reminds me of the 5 Series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Drop that engine in an e30 cabrio, fun cruiser 8-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are there any good cutaway views of the 4.4l V-8 posted on Autoblog? I wanted to get a look at the exhaust-in-the-valley setup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ooooh, those will make the Obama administration mad. Why can't they build cars that people actually want, like the P.U.M.A.?

      /heavy sarcasm
      • 6 Years Ago
      They said they would never turbo their V12.

      What kind of power does the big sedan make? Try 438 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 444 pound-feet of torque at 3950 rpm. It's less power than the Mercedes V-12 makes, but that's made with turbocharging. BMW considers turbos or superchargers to be low-tech shortcuts to power, horsepower solutions unfit for a flagship engine. Blowers, they say, add weight and complexity and reduce throttle response. Ask a BMW engineer if the V-12 might one day be turbocharged, and you'll get a scowl and a curt, "Nein!"

        • 6 Years Ago
        didn't they supply the engine for the McLaren F1? and wouldn't it still work for the next one, despite McLaren and Mercedes' partnership? turbocharged, this engine could probably do a lot better than the V12 in the F1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this a lot. Rolls Royce luxury in a stealth, lower key, package.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Compared to a Phantom much more low key, remove the 760 badge and it looks almost exactly like a $85,000 750.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I realize that all things are relative but is there really anything "low key" about a V12 7-Series BMW?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the V12 doesn't make it into the States, don't despair. Racing Dynamics has a V12 option with more HP at 655HP. Check it out:


      • 6 Years Ago
      Now BMW has the perfect base for an M7!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice to finally see confirmation of this engine. I'll bet that this will come to the US for sure. They have always sold the V12 here in the past, and now that they have a turbocharged V12 just like Mercedes they will be able to compete with the S600 on more level ground. Sure, fuel economy is not great, but it's only slightly worse than the outgoing V12 model. Most people in the market for these cars are not going to balk at the 4.5% decrease, especially with the huge gain in performance.

      So, we know the turbocharged V8 makes 400hp in series tune but gets 555hp in guise. If BMW were to make an version of this new V12, I'd guess they could get 700hp+. Hey, if they are building M SUVs now, I don't see why there can't be an M7 to compete with the Mercedes S65 as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What version of the ZF 8hp transmission is BMW using, 8hp70 or 8hp90?

        Maybe MB will use the 7g-tronic with the V12s, if they take out the torque converter for the wet multiplate clutch pack.

        Otherwise the MB 5 speed auto just doesn't have any ratio spread compared with the 8 speed auto, 7:1 vs. 4.32, over 60% greater!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll take the torquier, smaller Benz 600 engine.

        Lets remember, it makes power without:
        -direct injection
        -variable valve timing or double VANOS camshaft adjustment
        -4 valves per cylinder

        and was designed in the late 90's, debuting in 2002, therefore unable to benefit from recent turbo technology implementations.

        Not a bad engine from BMW, but it should be better with those specs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're right NT - my mistake there. I was thinking that the actual number itself went down rather than the consumption. However, even in that case, I was still OTL because in Europe they measure fuel economy as amount/distance rather than distance/amount. So, lower numbers are better.

        The current 760Li gets about 13.6L/100km (or so) so this is definitely an improvement. Very impressive given the fact that it makes so much more power.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They said consumption went DOWN 4.5%. It does better than the outgoing model.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, I'm not in a position to afford either one, but if I were I'd certainly evaluate them based on much more than the engine. In fact the two are close enough in performance that that is likely to be mostly irrelevant anyway. As with most other BMW-to-Mercedes comparisons, the BMW is likely to handle a bit better, while the Mercedes is likely to be a bit more refined. Either car will do the job, its just where your priorities are.
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