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.