• Jul 13, 2009
BMW 7 Series M Sport - Click above for high-res image gallery

In an Automotive News interview given to coincide with the launches of the X5 M and X6 M, when asked about an M7 BMW's M division head Kay Segler replied, "We've looked at that and decided not to do it. The 760 with awd is a very strong offer. The M sales would be too small for our total investment." That means that the M Sport version (pictured) is the closest you'll get to a super 7. If you don't mind the lack of an "M" badge, the 507-hp Alpina B7 is an M in all but name.

For those of you at the other end, Segler says he needs a year to look into a M version of the 1-Series, but that an X1 won't be finding its way into the M house yet. Of course, there was a time when BMW said there would be no M versions of any of their so-called "Sports Activity Vehicles," saying they wouldn't fit the brand...



[Source: Automotive News, - sub. req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, I'm not sure how they can say that with a straight face in the face of the X5 and X6 M models.
      Also, out of deference to the M1, what will an M-version 1 Series be called?
      On a side note, I saw for the first time on the road a (last-generation) B7 Alpina.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL at the X5 M and X6 M haters. I reckon they look nice, and only time will tell whether their sales are going great. Here in Sydney, Australia...there are plenty of X6 M orders already. Plenty...

      One thing for sure is that these X5/X6 M will definitely gobble up Porsche Cayennes, Q7s and ML63 AMGs. If I was in the market for one, the X5 M and X6 M would definitely by a first priority choice!
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an owner of an AMG S class I can tell you first hand that BWM is correct.
      These high horsepower big sedans are useless and I would not do it again.

      If you want a sports car, buy a sports car and then get a decent luxury sedan for other driving. I don't even think I need anything this beg again. The 5 series or E class size if probably sufficient.

      If I was to do it all over, a better choice would probably be a GT-R or Vette and a 530i.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's an interesting view you have on your S AMG. And here I was, in love with the idea of a 17-ft limousine that could do 0-60 in 4.3 secs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BMW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually Venom, I have a BMW 6, and by the same reasoning, I wouldn't buy a BMW 6, or a 5 ever again. I *may* get an Infiniti. Nearly 95% of the time, you never get to experience a high performance car anyways. You're better off saving the money.

        I say *may* get an Infiniti, because you enjoy the thought of luxury, but the experience of it is quite different. You are parking your ass on a seat. Your ass doesn't care if it's luxury leather or cloth.

        Alas, the smart people are the rich people driving Toyotas. The 40k you save will be going to a a rental income property making 20-33% return rate. I'd trade in luxury for not having to work these days. :)


        • 5 Years Ago
        it's interesting when i read replies like that. I guess it all depends on your priorities. I use launch control whenever it's safe, routinely cruise at high velocities (which tend to be the flow of traffic in socal) and hit the canyon or track once a month. But i could see how most people in massive sedans with gobs of torque rarely have the chance to exploit said power, as it's really only exploitable in a straight line, and the last thing you'd see is some professional in their 50s down at the local drag strip with an AMG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Affalterbach,

        The idea sounds better than the reality.
        If you like pushing the gas when turning the corner and then spinning around and facing the other way then this is the car for you (yeah yeah I know, stupid driving, showing off).

        Also, the sports tires give a terrible ride and if you live anywhere near potholes, beware. I enjoyed hitting a pothole coming out of a club at 3 miles an hour and then having the tire blow on the highway and then waiting 45 minutes for Mercedes Service to never come while I waited in the cold at 2 am in the winter and then having to call AAA who did.

        It is fast and all that but in the real world, I am in the car with myself or 1 other person 90% of the time and you really can't go fast unless you like tickets or jail so I would rather have a good sedan and a great track car the next time around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the low volume potential of a performance 7 Series, like that of the S class, is why BMW will leave it to Alpina.
      996700
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess this makes good business scents; it would have to be better then the M5.Good call, i have never really liked the 7 serious.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @996700
        "good business scents? 7 serious?" epic fail, please go back to school
        • 5 Years Ago
        @996700
        mmm I seriously love the smell of business in the morning...
      • 5 Years Ago
      They won't build an M7 but they will build those SUV abominations in M trim. I lost a lot of respect for BMW when they did that. What a sell-out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just like they said there would not be a M-ified X5
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not buy a Jaguar XJ-R instead?
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