One does not normally associate long-wheelbase V12 luxo-sedans with racetrack wrongdoings, yet below I am, rushing BMW's new front-runner M760Li xDrive around a track near Palm Springs. I mean, seriously-- anybody who hands over $159,900+ for this most sybaritic of conveyances will not be owning the wheels off it at their neighborhood track day. Yet this is BMW after all, and also the people right here want us to know that in spite of this sedan's dizzying screen of tech, connectivity and also ludicrous convenience, it's still a BMW at the core.
Indeed, lots of proprietors of the M760Li will certainly be spending a lot of their seat time aft, however in the event Mr. CEO pokes James in the rear of the head with his Monte Blanc and also states, "Dude, let's button it up," he'll find some enjoyable behind the wheel.
An idea to this sedan's athleticism is the M prefix, which signifies an "M Performance" automobile; this group links the performance gap between routine BMWs as well as the hardcore M automobiles.
Barreling down the straight, the M760's twin-turbo 6.6 L V12 bellows, its 610 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque making a quick job of the auto's substantial mass. The braking zone comes up in a blink and the husky binders have not a problem losing rate. Diving right into the limited left-hander, the 760 cuts a tidy arc while the tortured 20-inch Michelins register their issues throughout hill and dale. There's a lot of physics-defying tech going on here-- air suspension, flexible damping, rear prejudice all-wheel drive, energetic anti-roll bars as well as rear wheel guiding.
Yes, it still feels like a very porky sedan, however one that has been hitting the gym hard. Straight-line acceleration borders on shocking-- the 760 impacts via the 100 km/h criteria in just under 4 seconds.
This 6.6 L twin-turbo all-aluminum V12 has actually been around for a few years, but it obtains thoroughly remodeled with brand-new internals, turbos, intake, and exhaust. An air-to-water intercooler sets down on top of the intake manifold where it cools down the charge showing up from the twin mono-scroll turbos. You'll notice a little bit of turbo lag when negotiating a limited turn on the track, yet in the real world, this engine is the model of luscious, simple and easy power delivery-- its well of torque appears bottomless.
Ah, of course, the real world. Our morning drive took us over some tight, winding hill roads around Palm Springs, and right here the big lug really felt reasonably nimble, if a bit out of its element. Trouble is, the steering is essentially numb, which saps self-confidence if you're trying to set up a brisk pace. Again, few getting the M760Li xDrive will be playing silly-bugger on mountain twisties. They'll have cars for that.
It's when we come down from capitals where the 760 comes into its very own. Switching from the aggressive Sport (with its delightfully fruity exhaust note) to Comfort setting, it glides along in imperious seclusion. The eight-speed ZF transmission is a seamless partner to the velvety V12, as well as blowing past the proletariat calls for just a tickle from the best slouch. And also it ought to be noted, these pole positions are stunningly comfortable.
Naturally, the M760Li xDrive is bristling with every technology, safety and also connectivity system BMW has in its toolbox. Common package includes a new-gen direct screen with optimized graphics, iDrive 5.0 with touchscreen and a whole suite of motorist aids that connect to a semi-autonomous owning system.
My wife has actually suggested on many events I can make use of some Gesture Control when driving in Toronto web traffic, yet this new BMW function is of a different nature. Seeing its debut in the 7-Series, Gesture Control uses 3D sensing units in the console pick up pre-selected hand motions that will correspondingly readjust audio volume, accept or turn down call, choose residence address, among others. Cranking up the songs with a finger twirl will definitely wow your passengers, but methinks BMW ought to offer a "401 app" that, when the proverbial bird is flipped, high light beams blink and the horn seems a highly offensive message in Morse Code. Just sayin'.
The complete rear seat limo experience features the $10,000 Executive Lounge Tier 2. The right-back seat comes to be the "Captains Chair" with a press of a switch. The front passenger chair progresses for max leg area as well as a flip-down footrest exists. The seat also reclines, is heated up, ventilated and has a massage therapy function. This bundle likewise presents rear screens and also work tables.
Getting here summer of 2017, the 2018 BMW M760Li xDrive is an impressively Jekyll and also Hyde machine-- its dual personalities quickly called up by the Driving Dynamics Control button. BMW's aim with this immaculately offered watering hole was for it to be all points to all (abundant) customers. In that, they show up to have been successful.