BMW has just revealed a flagship derivative of the brand-new 7 Series range, which will serve as its answer to the Mercedes-Maybach S600.
The BMW M760Li xDrive leaps straight to the very pinnacle of the BMW range. It’s based on the long-wheelbase BMW 7 Series Li models, but brings a whole lot more pomp and circumstance.
At 5238mm long, the M760Li is 215mm shorter than its Mercedes-Maybach nemesis. However, its mighty biturbo 6.6-litre V12 with 441kW and 800Nm matched to an eight-speed auto is a fair match for the bigger Maybach, and its 6.0-litre V12 with 390kW/830Nm.
The Bavarian behemoth weighs about 2.2 tonnes unladen (despite lots of carbon-fibre in its core), and yet hustles from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds on the way to a maximum speed of 305km/h. If you own one of these, chances are you have somewhere important to be…
Unlike the exclusively RWD Mercedes-Benz Maybach, the BMW M760Li uses the company’s rear-biased all-wheel-drive system with fully variable torque redistribution. You also get standard adjustable air suspension.
And, being a BMW, it has to corner. Well, at least on behalf of your chauffeur. You get features such as active roll stabilisation, performance tyres on the 20-inch rims and integral active steering.