New global emissions regulations are forcing BMW to evaluate whether or not to offer a V12 in the next-generation 7 Series.
Despite just having celebrated 25 years of V12 power in its flagship sedan, BMW apparently has yet to make a final decision whether or not the next-generation 7 Series will include twelve-cylinder power. According to a report from Australian website CarAdvice, BMW Australia product and pricing manager Christoph Priemel revealed told the publication that it's not quite a done deal that the sixth-gen 7 Series would continue the V12 tradition. The 7 Series has offered such an engine since 1987.
Due to debut in 2016 and rumored to have dramatic new styling, the next 7 Series will still be the brand's premiere sedan. But with ever-constructing emissions regulations (particularly in Europe and the US), BMW may be forced to reevaluate the V12 altogether. Still, Priemel stated that "The V12 is just the ultimate 7 Series in a certain way, and there will all the time be a particular customer base specifically wanting the prestige and heritage of the car." The current-gen 760iL is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 with 535 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, carrying a base price of over $140,000.
Hopefully BMW will find a way to continue offering the V12 simply by virtue of the limited numbers it sells of the 760iL, which are offset in the automaker's overall carbon footprint by a growing number of smaller, front-wheel-drive models and electric cars in its lineup.