Johann Kistler, project manager for the BMW 7-series, calls the new V-12 in the 760Li the “icing on the cake” in BMW’s engine portfolio.
The new 6.0-liter V-12 follows BMW’s latest method of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to boost power while keeping fuel-economy ratings in check. With 535 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque (increases of 97 and 106, respectively, over the previous 7-series’ naturally aspirated V-12), its acceleration should be on par with the mighty M3’s.
A 6.6-liter version of this engine with slightly more power (563 horses, 575 pound-feet) will appear in the upcoming Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan and later in the whole Rolls lineup. The 760Li comes with BMW’s first transmission with eight gears, made by ZF.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4–5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $140,425
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 364 cu in, 5972cc
Power (SAE net): 535 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 550 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 126.4 in Length: 205.3 in, Width: 74.9 in Height: 58.3 in, Curb weight: 5150 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST): Zero to 60 mph: 4.4 sec, Zero to 100 mph: 10.0 sec, Standing ¼-mile: 12.9 sec
Top speed (governor limited): 150 mph
PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST): EPA city/highway driving: 13/18 mpg