V12-pow­ered flag­ship

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THE V12 pow­ered BMW 7 Se­ries is to re­turn as the fam­ily’s flag­ship in Aus­tralia. Hot on the heels of this month’s show­room ar­rival of the new 7 Se­ries, plans have been an­nounced for the new V12-pow­ered 760Li.

“The new 760Li will take over the top po­si­tion within BMW’s model port­fo­lio,” said BMW Group Aus­tralia manag­ing di­rec­tor Stavros Yal­louridis.

“When it ar­rives in the fi­nal quar­ter of 2009, the new BMW 760Li will raise the stan­dard of max­i­mum ex­clu­siv­ity and supremacy in the lux­ury class to an even higher level,” he said.

The heart of the new 760Li is a com­pletely new V12 en­gine de­vel­oped from the ground up, fea­tur­ing power of 400kW at an en­gine speed of 5250rpm and max­i­mum torque of 750Nm from just 1500rpm. It will be com­bined with a new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The V12 has TwinPower turbo tech­nol­ogy, high pre­ci­sion in­jec­tion with fuel in­jected di­rectly into the com­bus­tion cham­bers, BMW’s in­fi­nite dou­ble-VANOS camshaft ad­just­ment as well as the eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion fea­tured for the first time in a BMW.

BMW says it will ac­cel­er­ate to 100km/h in 4.6 sec­onds with av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion in the EU test cy­cle of 13L/100km.

In de­ter­min­ing the fuel con­sump­tion, BMW’s en­gi­neers have al­ready taken the stricter EU5 emis­sion stan­dard into ac­count, mean­ing that with the per­for­mance im­prov­ing sig­nif­i­cantly fuel con­sump­tion is down by ap­prox­i­mately 5.1 per cent ver­sus the for­mer model.

The new 760Li will come com­pre­hen­sively equipped for the Aus­tralian mar­ket. Pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tions will be an­nounced closer to launch but ex­pect at least $350,000.

This is the fourth time that a 12-cylin­der power unit marks the top end of the en­gine port­fo­lio fea­tured in the BMW 7 Se­ries.

The BMW 750i launched in 1987 was the first Ger­man 12-cylin­der sa­loon af­ter the war.

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