BMW has revealed the 2017 M760i xDrive, the latest addition to the brand's M Performance lineup, which also includes the M235i and the upcoming X4 M40i. The V-12-powered M760i xDrive will be the range-topping model of the 7 Series lineup and the most powerful, slotting above the 750i. A few months back,the M760i xDrive was leaked on BMW Germany's consumer site. Earlier this week, another heavy-hitting 7 Series, the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive, was revealed with a claimed top speed of 193 mph and a 600-hp version of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8.
Compared to lesser 7 Series models, the M760i xDrive is distinguished by a unique aero kit with larger air intakes, kidney grilles with active air flap louvers, 20-inch light alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. Inside, the car features Fine Brushed Aluminum trim with an illuminated V-12 logo, M logos on the steering wheel and paddle shifters, and piano black accents with a V-12 badge around the gear selector and iDrive controller.
BMW's iDrive 5.0 infotainment system is standard and can be operated via a knob, the touchscreen, and gesture control. A new head-up display presents an extensive array of information in front of the driver including navigation, entertainment menus, and warning messages. The ConnectedDrive Services expands you infotainment system with a SIM card that gives you real-time traffic information and enables the car to get over-the-air navigation map updates free of charge for the first three years, traffic sign updates and speed limit information.
Under the hood of the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 that's estimated to produce 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers match the Alpina B7 xDrive's numbers almost exactly, though the Alpina makes its power from a twin-turbo V-8. BMW says that M760i's engine will facilitate a 0-62 mph run of 3.9 seconds while top speed is limited to 155 mph. The engine features an all-aluminum block that was built for maximum rigidity and lighter weight, two single-scroll turbochargers positioned outside of the two rows of cylinders, and direct injection.
An M Sport exhaust system reduces back pressure and is routed as straight as possible. The exhaust is also as large as possible, and features rear silencers and a flap that allows the engine to belt at full song. Additionally, the exhaust can adapt to the driving situation and be adjusted manually by the driver. The only transmission available in the M760i xDrive is an eight-speed automatic transmission that's been tuned specifically for the car. Compared to other applications of this gearbox, the unit in the M760i xDrive has been programmed to shift quicker and comes with a Launch Control function for optimum acceleration.
The 2017 M760i xDrive makes extensive use of rigid materials and carbon fiber in its construction. Like the rest of the 7 Series lineup, the passenger cell is built using the Carbon Core structure to lower the car's center of gravity. For a better balance between comfort and handling, the M760i xDrive comes with the Active Comfort Drive system with Preview Suspension, which was launched along with the sixth-generation 7 Series. This system uses the standard air suspension setting and Dynamic Damper Control to give the car a smoother ride while the Active Roll Stabilization system helps cancel out body roll when cornering. Adjustable anti-roll bars free up suspension movement for optimum comfort when driving in a straight line.
A unique Integral Active Steering system has also been fitted to the M760i xDrive that reduces steering effort for improved maneuverability at low speeds and improved stability at high speeds. The Driving Dynamics Control system in the 2017 M760i xDrive also features an Adaptive mode that selects the best driving mode suited for the current situation. The system analyzes the driver's behavior and uses data from the navigation system and a stereo camera to regulate the chassis. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system has been retuned in the M760i xDrive and is rear-biased.