This is one of the few V12s you can buy today.
We know from spy shots that the next-generation BMW 7 Series will be available as an electric sedan for the first time in its model history. If the rumors are true, the i7 will be the most powerful 7 Series ever, producing more than 650 horsepower. But as this video shows, the traditionally-powered, current-generation M760Li is a very capable car, despite not being a fully-fledged M7.
After recently taking the Bentley Flying Spur V8 for a top speed run, YouTube channel AutoTopNL has put the BMW M760Li through its paces on the unrestricted German autobahn to see how it performs.
Under the hood, the BMW M760Li is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 rated at 585 hp and 565 lb-ft of torque. Due to emissions regulations, this is slightly less than the M760i sold in the US, which has 600 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The sprint to 60 mph takes 3.8 seconds before the M760Li maxes out at an electronically limited 155 mph, or 190 mph with the optional M Driver's Package. During the top speed run, the driver initially struggles to find a clear path in the busy traffic.
Once the traffic clears, the driver floors it and the brutal BMW reaches an insane speed of 189 mph without breaking a sweat, which is impressive for a 2.5-ton luxury sedan and an effective demonstration of the V12's prowess. Maybe we don't need a full-fat M7 after all.
In the US, the BMW M760i is one of the only remaining V12-powered luxury cars on the market along with the Rolls-Royce range (Phantom, Wraith, Ghost, Dawn, and Cullinan), as other automakers have been forced to scrap them in favor of smaller V6 and V8 engines. Mercifully, Mercedes-Maybach is preparing to bring back the V12-powered S-Class. In Europe, production of BMW's V12 powerplant ended last year due to stricter emissions regulations.