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Okay, so maybe this isn't much in the way of confirmation, but BMW M division president Friedrich Nitschke told Car and Driver that the company was "considering" building an M Performance version of the 7-Series. While that's not quite an M7, it's close.

Remember, M Performance is the new quasi-M car line that BMW has created to offer a higher performance version of its vehicles to slot between the standard models and the full-blown M cars. M Performance will also allow BMW to create performance diesel and all-wheel-drive models without sullying the M badge.

Of course, enthusiasts looking for a full-size BMW performance sedan can already have an Alpina B7 like the one pictured above, but there's something alluring about a real M-badged 7-Series. Given that BMW has already M-ed the X6, it only seems fair that the 7-Series gets some love too, even if it's just in M Performance form.

Nitschke's interview revealed a few more interesting details about BMW's product plans, namely that turbocharged engines are here to stay. He said BMW has no plans to use superchargers for its M products, and it sounds like naturally aspirated M engines are a thing of the past as well. Manual transmissions will continue to be offered, as according to Nitschke, new models will be equipped with transmissions that use software and electronics to "protect" the tranny from mismatched shifts. We won't be seeing a hatchback M135i here in the U.S., however, nor are any of the diesel M Performance models headed towards our shores.


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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW will make an "M" version of just about anything.
        JSP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Yes and no. Where's the Z4M!? That's a proper sports car and should have gotten the M treatment.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JSP
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      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      as long as they don't put circuit boards in the water pump, I'm all for it.
      Ejvind Andersen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh... Here is an idea. BMW M should instead make a big sports coupe much like the old 850. That is all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ejvind Andersen
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      JSP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any concern regarding whether an M7 would be a proper M should have been out the window when the X6M was conceived. The M7 would be more "proper" than the X6M for having a lower CG and RWD.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JSP
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      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      M6 Grand Coupe is a good alternative or you always can buy Alpina B7 from the pictures
      TT NYC
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been confused for years about why an M7 has never been offered. I have to assume that the financial models decide which products to offer in M spec, but with AMG S classes and S8s serving almost as halo cars for their respective marques, it only stands to reason that BMW is at a disadvantage to not fight in that ring.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG! M7? It's as if they heard me.... Yes, do it, you won't =P
      ToucanSam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes makes an S63 and S65. To me M is to BMW as AMG is to MB. I wouldn't expect an M7 to lap the Nurburgring as fast as a Viper ACR. But I would expect to be able to out run the bad guys chasing me with AKs in Ukraine.
      JZFVF
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW already has an M7: The F10 M5.
      Smelly Finger
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate being poor :(
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      canuckcharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      a M7 is still lesser of an oxymoron than the X5M
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