We don't remember our last encounter with a car that was built to celebrate an engine, but we have one now in the 2013 BMW 760Li: V12 25 Years Anniversary Edition. Created for the U.S. alone, and in a batch of just 15 cars, this 7 Series commemorates a quarter century of BMW making automotive engine blocks with a dozen combustion chambers. For a comparison of how far 25 years will take you, the 750iL with that first, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V12 produced 295 horsepower, while the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 in today's 760Li gets 535 hp.

This special sedan wears a full merino leather interior in champagne with contrasting black wood trim, piping and floor mats, as well as leather on the pillars, a rear-seat entertainment package, Alcantara headliner and parcel shelf, 20-inch wheels and enough V12 badges throughout to start an eBay shop. Price is set at $159,695, which includes destination and is nearly $20,000 above the standard sedan. If you are one of the 15 buyers, you will certainly be able to add more options and more expense as you see fit.
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2013 BMW 760Li: V-12 25 Years Anniversary Edition

Special Limited Edition Flagship Honors 25 Years of V-12 Tradition


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 7, 2012 ...Today, BMW launches a very special limited edition 25th Anniversary Edition 760Li V-12 reflecting a rich tradition of V-12 engines that began back in 1987 with the then groundbreaking BMW 750iL when BMW engineers crafted the most Ultimate Driving Machine of its day with the introduction of its first automotive V-12 engine. Only 15 of these very limited edition models will be available to US customers on a special order basis only for BMW Center delivery in early 2013 at a price of $159,695 including destination and handling.

The "V-12 25 Years Edition" BMW 760Li features BMW Individual Champagne Full Merino Leather and, exclusively for this model, black piping. The black floor mats and rear footrests are also complimented by contrasting piping in Champagne. The door sills, headrests and iDrive controllers are all specially badged with "V-12 25 Years Edition". Also included with this special edition flagship model are:

- Rear Seat Entertainment with iDrive control
- 20' Individual wheel style 301 with performance tires
- Alcantara headliner in champagne (sides of headliner in black)
- A/B/C pillars in black leather
- Rear parcel shelf in Anthracite Alcantara
- BMW Individual Piano Black Wood trim
- Piano black wood inlay in steering wheel
- Shadowline exterior trim

A full range of exterior colors is available for this limited edition as well as additional options, making it possible to craft a truly unique automobile.

The 760Li, with its 6.0-liter Twin Turbo V12, remains the pinnacle in the BMW 7 Series line up boasting 535 horsepower, 550 lb. ft of torque catapulting the big Sports Sedan from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 130 mph (155 mph with the M Sport Package option).


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      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      With environmentalism being out of control, hopefully there will still be 12-cylinder engines 25 years from now.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, this is tacky on the Escalade level of tacky. This reminds me of the Platinum Edition Escalade models where GM smeared "Platinum" everywhere they could on the trucks. Did BMW borrow GM's guys for this job? Who would buy this? You would get laughed at mercilessly by anyone in your social circle.
      JT
      • 2 Years Ago
      The old M70 V12 is nothing to brag about. When the intake seals weren't leaking, the throttle motors or DME units were crapping out like flies in winter. Let's not mention the fuel leaks onto the right side exhaust and all the freeway car fires. Add in a new wire harness the size of Arnold's bicep for that repair. All true. Even the engine guys got it to work right (mostly)t in the M73, it still sounded like a vacuum cleaner stuffed with leaves. The straight six has been and always will be the engine worth celebrating from Munich. As long as the cooling fans didn't overheat and, you know, burn up the cars on the drive home from the dealership. Ah the good old says working for BMW...
        JT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JT
        Left side exhaust, fires. No edit function here.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JT
        LMAO you are so correct. Whenever I take my Benz in for service there are always a few older BMW and Mercedes V12s there and they always have massive problems, especially the BMW V12s. I remember one time I was back there and one of the techs told me to never ever buy a V12, no matter what. The depreciation on them also is stratospheric.
          Brian E Parker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jonathan Wayne
          True story - I see late-90's SL600's selling for as little as same-year SL320s - and the V12's were nearly double the price when new.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is spot on. The steering wheel, the cluttered center console, and the color scheme make this car look 25 year old.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those colors are premium 1984.
      Classic_Engr
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many badges does one need to remind himself that his bloated 7-series Bimmer has a V12. Total overkill. When it comes to badges, less really is more. Remember when 7-series BMW's were understated works of art? http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_1869-BMW-750iL-E38-1997.html
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Classic_Engr
        The 80's badging is back my friend :)
      Krazeecain
      • 2 Years Ago
      6.0 litre. V12. Twin turbo... 535 HP?! Are those turbos even doing anything? Surely they can't be real turbos... they must be exhaust-powered alternators or something...
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that's incredibly tacky. This almost looks so bad it could be a dealer's "Special Edition" model. The embossed headrests are wayyy over the top. Given how Europeans almost always debadge their MB, BMW, and Audi models, this seems somewhat silly to run around and advertise what model you are driving.
        CoffeeJones
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        "Created for the U.S. alone" I guess the 7series V12 has a fan following.
      Bernard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice. Although 535hp from a twin turbo 6L V12 is hardly impressive. I understand the torque thing, but BMW really should update this motor.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bernard
        Jean Jennings of Automobile magazine got a speeding ticket in a V-12 Benz. She plead insanity due to the hydraulic nature of the acceleration. She got off the hook. I don't think this engine is about ultimate power. It's about power delivery.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's funny how they consider it a celebration when the 4.4L twin-turbo V8 in their latest M5 puts out more power than this 6.0L twin-turbo V12. Kind of shooting themselves in the foot with that one, in my opinion.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        They aren't going for maximum output here. They are going for the absolute lowest NVH and the smoothest, creamiest output possible.
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        you should try to compare smoothness and refinement of both engines
      Brian E Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      The abundant V12 badging looks like it was swiped off of several 1990's Mercedes
      • 2 Years Ago
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