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by George Skentzos

BMW has announced plans for a new V12-powered 7 Series flagship model which will assume its top position within BMW’s model portfolio.

Setting new benchmarks in luxury performance motoring, the BMW 760Li will raise the standard of maximum exclusivity and supremacy in the luxury class when it arrives in the final quarter of 2009.

Under the bonnet of the 760Li lies a completely new 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine developed from the ground up, boasting 400kW and maximum torque of 750Nm from just 1500rpm.

All-new V12 engine for BMW 7 Series flagship

This has been combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission which promises an uncompromising combination of effortless cruising and supreme driving dynamics.

The result is genuinely impressive zero to 100km/h performance of just 4.6 seconds while returning remarkable fuel economy of 12.9 litres per 100kms which surpasses most V8-powered models in this segment.

All-new V12 engine for BMW 7 Series flagship

Both the new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li come as standard with Dynamic Damping Control including Dynamic Driving Control operated at the touch of a button on the centre console, speed-related Servotronic steering assistance, and BMW’s Dynamic Drive anti-roll stability system.

Subtle visual highlights distinguish the V12-powered 7 Series range with an extra-wide chrome framed kidney grille, unique 19-inch light-alloy wheels and dual exhaust tailpipes exclusive to these models.

All-new V12 engine for BMW 7 Series flagship

The new top-of-the-range models in the BMW 7 Series are further underlined by comfort seats, BMW’s navigation system Professional, automatic air conditioning with four-zone control, cruise control complete with an automatic brake function, Park Distance Control, and Automatic Soft Close on the doors all featured as standard.

The new BMW 760Li will come comprehensively equipped for the Australian market with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to launch.

The next step for BMW will be using its new twin-turbo V12 powerplant in other models across the entire line-up, including M-Division derivatives – now that is certainly something to look forward to.




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