Which one would you take home at the end of the day?
Thoughthe rumor mills have been working overtime and the company hasrepeatedly denied such a development, it now seems very likely that the BMW isin the process of developing an M Performance derivative of the new 7-Seriessedan. According to C/D, the meager selection of engines offered onthe new 7er, currently consisting of the 320 hp 740i and the 445 hp 750i,will soon be joined by some very interesting new models: Beyond the Europe-onlydiesels, a 760i, B7 Alpina and even an M Performance version are on the way.
According to C/D, the 760i will pack BMW's twin-turbo V12, while theAlpina B7 will offer a luxurious take on the twin-turbo V8, tweaked to produce around 600 hp. But for gearheads and those intent ondriving the ultimate of ultimate driving machines, the flavor of the day willundoubtedly be the M Performance model, featuring what is likely to be someform of "mild hybridization." Such a model would be poised to faceoff against competition from the Mercedes S63 AMG and Audi S8, though it maynot be as drastic as the full-fledged M7 we've been praying for. Until theseadditions are officially announced, enthusiasts will have to make do with thenew 7-Series' optional M Sport package.