Is $153,000 Too Much To Ask For This V12-Powered BMW?

A V12 is awesome, but that's a lot of cash.

BMW is planning to relaunch the 8 Series, and with it will come the most powerful M car around, the M8. Until then, though, the M760i xDrive is the most powerful M money can buy. BMW revealed the M760i xDrive earlier in the year and just now released pricing info on it. The cost for this massive tech-filled luxury sedan is $153,800. That’s a ton of cash, a little under $30,000 more than the 7 Series we tested this year; it came in at $129,245. What does all that extra cash buy? In a word, power. In two words, more power.

The 7 Series we drove had a measly 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making just 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. The M760i has a 6.6-liter V12 engine. Those four extra cylinders bring power up to 601 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Now a bigger engine isn’t the only thing you’re paying extra for. There is also an M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes and an eight-speed auto tuned to provide more precise upshifts and rapider downshifts. Now is that all worth $153,800? At its heart the new 7 Series is for those who get driven. The ultra-plush rear seats and infotainment tablets see to that. Still, a sportier 7 Series has appeal. It’s hard to find a full-size luxury sedan that does 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds after all.

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