BMW still hasn’t built an M7, but here is the M760i xDrive to almost satisfy that craving. Think of it as the epidermis of an M5 stretched thin over a big, twin-turbo V-12–powered, all-wheel-drive 7-series. It’s a translucent layer of M over a car optimized for transporting the Norwegian Minister of Finance to meetings of the International Monetary Fund. And like Norway itself, it’s attractive but threatening to no one.
The structure and chassis of the M760i xDrive are mostly identical to those of other sixth-generation 7-series sedans, which BMW introduced for 2016. So there are carbon-fiber reinforcing elements (about which you can read more here) within a mostly steel unibody, while aluminum is used for major stampings such as the hood, trunk, and door skins. The whole caboodle-in-white is as much as 190 pounds lighter than was the previous 7-series structure.
Where the M760i xDrive stretches out beyond the regular six-cylinder, V-8, and hybridized 7s is in the engine bay, where the new-ish “M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder” engine resides. The tremendousness of that name aside—which somehow manages to pale in comparison to the monikers for these 7-series models—this is essentially a 601-hp version of the same twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 that BMW ships to England for installation in Rolls-Royce Dawns and Ghosts and Wraiths. What results is as if BMW plucked a wind-up toy from the engine bay and dense-packed in a powerplant with the gravitational pull of a neutron star.
Forget the hand-gesture techno-dope and optional aromatherapy atmospherics and swim in the ocean of torque this V-12 produces. There’s relentless pull from just off idle until the car enters low orbit around Jupiter. The 590-lb-ft peak breaks like a wave over the car when the engine is turning only 1550 rpm. The transmission’s eight forward gears almost drown under the grunt. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Manufacturer
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