With its flagship BMW M760Li xDrive, BMW pulls out all the stops

With its flagship BMW M760Li xDrive, BMW pulls out all the stops

February 16, 2016

With its flagship BMW M760Li xDrive, BMW pulls out all the stops

This tech and luxury-laden 600-horsepower saloon on the BMW M760Li xDrive makes your car look like a simpleton.

Modern luxury carmakers, perhaps inspired by the Cruise-O-Matic General Motors of the 1950s, seem intent on giving every last part of their vehicles a slick, consumer-friendly name. Engines aren’t just engines; they’re TripleBoost ModPower SupaDrive SmoothRunners. And transmissions are GearFormance StepMaster xShifter Pros. And among luxury carmakers, BMW may be the most devoted namer of things — surprising, perhaps, for a company that uses numerical designations for actual cars while giving brake pads and bonnet latches names worthy of JRR Tolkien.

It takes an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink model like the new BMW M760Li xDrive to really highlight the practice. This extra-large executive express, which is set to debut at the Geneva motor show in March, packs a veritable Marvel Universe of superheroically named pieces.

The centrepiece is a new 6.6-litre V12 — that’s the M Performance TwinPower Turbo 6.6-litre V12 to you and me. It produces 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which is sufficient, claims BMW, to launch the car from zero to 62mph in 3.9 seconds.

In standard spec, the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph; with the requisite M Driver’s Package, the limit (still computer-governed) rises to 189mph, although the model-exclusive speedometer extends to 205mph — you know, to accommodate high-altitude tail winds. There’s also a M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence model that tones down the standard car’s M-ness (it has a 160-mph speedometer) but amps up its Rolls-Royce-ness (it has a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a hushed exhaust).

Power reaches the wheels — all four of them, thanks to BMW’s rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system — via an eight-speed (Steptronic Sport) automatic transmission, which includes GPS-aided shifting, à la the Rolls-Royce Wraith. The suspension (or Executive Drive Pro system, as ye shall know it) uses Active Roll Stabilisation to contain body motions and a four-wheel Integral Active Steering system to improve manoeuvrability.

The 20-inch wheels feature a stylin’ Cerium Grey Metallic matte finish.

Credit BBC

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