The owners of which are in a very exclusive club.
It's not every day you see a BMW 7 Series on the road, let alone one with a big V12 engine. That's because V12 models are built in relatively low numbers because, well, they're very expensive and most 7 Series buyers have no need for so many cylinders. But like any vehicle, problems can occur. BMW has just issued a recall in coordination with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for certain 2013-2015 760Li sedans.
The 760Li is the predecessor (F01 generation) to the current M760i xDrive, which launched for 2017. To give you an idea just how rare this particular 7 Series trim and engine combo are, only three examples are affected by the recall.
That's right. Three. What's the problem, exactly? The engine's ECU was not programmed properly when the three sedans in question were brought in for a previous service. This faulty programming could potentially cause the car to stall, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. The engine itself is the 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 with 536 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. It also happens to be BMW's first turbocharged V12.
Fortunately, nothing was mentioned in the recall about other BMW Group vehicles that utilized other versions of the same engine (N74), such as the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Dawn, and Wraith that come powered by the B66 variant.
For the three affected BMW 760Li owners living in the US, the automaker will presumably notify them right away because, well, it won't take long to do so. The reprogrammable fix is probably simple enough and can be done in only a few hours' time.
But if you are a 760Li owner and you want to be safe rather than sorry, you can contact the NHTSA safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 to confirm the VIN. After all, you wouldn't want to be seen struggling to start your big, expensive Bimmer.