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BMW's all new 760i and 760Li

The all new BMW 760Li

Twelve cylinders and eight gears – a unique combination re-defining the pinnacle of supremacy and exclusivity in the luxury performance segment. Taking over the top position within BMW’s model portfolio, the new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li clearly represent the absolute epitome of motoring culture and refinement in their market.

The symbol of and foundation for this unique position is the twelve-cylinder power unit driving the two top models in the BMW 7 Series. A brand-new development from the ground up, this revolutionary V12 with TwinPower Turbo technology, ­High Precision Injection and infinite double-VANOS camshaft adjustment is a true masterpiece of modern engineering.

The engine delivers its superior power of 400 kW/544 hp at a speed of 5,250 rpm, with peak torque of 750 Newton-metres/553 lb-ft coming from just 1,500 rpm.

Combined with the likewise new eight-speed automatic transmission also featured in a BMW for the first time, the 6.0-litre twelve-cylinder offers not only unparalleled smoothness and refinement, but also the ability to convert its seemingly inexhaustible power reserves spontaneously and with precise dosage at any time into supreme driving dynamics on the road.

The drivetrain technology featured in the new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li impressively confirms the unique innovative power of the BMW brand. Together, the supreme power and performance of the new V12 and the innovative concept of eight-speed automatic transmission set the foundation for a truly exceptional driving experience, converting supreme power into equally supreme driving dynamics in particular style and with unparalleled refinement. Offering smoothness and style of the highest calibre, without ever being pushed anywhere near its limits, the twelve-cylinder simply begs the driver and passenger to enjoy a wonderful ride in supreme comfort, plus outstanding driving dynamics as another unique feature whenever they wish.

The eight-speed automatic transmission offers a perfect match for both the supremacy and the dynamic power of the engine. And the outstanding efficiency of both top models in the BMW 7 Series is likewise attributable not to the V12 power unit alone, but rather to the overall system of power transmission.

The innovations developed in the context of BMW ­EfficientDynamics enable this unprecedented luxury saloon to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds on average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 12.9 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 21.9 mpg imp).

The outstanding position of the new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li is furthermore underlined by the suspension technology developed for this unique luxury saloon, combining innovative driver assistance systems in some cases exclusive to BMW with a wide range of comfort features all fitted as standard.

More than ever before, the two models meet the demands of even the most discerning motorist looking for individual mobility of the highest standard as part of a lifestyle oriented towards absolute perfection.

The supreme grand touring comfort of the new top models in the BMW 7 Series is further underlined by additional features such as comfort seats, the Professional navigation system, automatic air conditioning with four-zone control, automatic cruise control with its own brake function, Park Distance Control and Automatic Soft Close on the doors – all coming as standard.

The twelve-cylinder power unit in a BMW 7 Series luxury performance saloon obviously guarantees a driving and grand touring experience quite unique from the outset. No other engine provides a comparable combination of power and refinement, no other power unit offers the same kind of exclusive prestige.

The special status of the engine results from its design and construction principle offering perfect conditions for supreme performance without the slightest effort. In terms of its vibration behaviour, the V12, with its two rows of cylinders arranged at an angle of 60o, comes closer to the ideal standard physically conceivable than any other engine.

BMW’s new V12 highlights these characteristics in even greater perfection than ever before. Compared with the former engine, both maximum output and peak torque are up considerably, engine response and the continuous surge of power have been optimised, and engine acoustics further refined.

The progress achieved in this way is obvious at first sight, offering a level higher still than that of the BMW 750i which, with its ultra-modern V8 featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and direct gasoline injection (High Precision Injection), already provides the power and performance standard of a conventional twelve-cylinder.

The new V12 thus maintains the truly outstanding position of BMW’s twelve-cylinders also in the new generation of the BMW 7 Series. The driver of a BMW 760i and, respectively, of a BMW 760Li can therefore be sure to enjoy the highest standard of supremacy conceivable in the luxury class. And at the same time the unique leadership of the V12 power unit is combined with the right kind of efficiency for this day and age offering fuel economy and emission management even better than with eight-cylinder power units in the same segment as the BMW 7 Series.

Maximum torque now increased to 750 Netwom-metres/553 lb-ft comes at just 1,500 rpm and is maintained at a consistent level all the way to an engine speed of 5,000 rpm. This means peak torque 25 per cent higher than on the former engine at an engine speed approximately 2,300 rpm lower.

Power is also built up faster than on the former engine, borne out clearly by the much steeper power curve rising up to its peak of 400 kW/544 hp at just 5,250 rpm. And when it comes to the car’s actual performance on the road, this kind of power and muscle is expressed clearly by acceleration in both the BMW 760i and the BMW 760Li to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.

The unique qualities of the new V12 power unit are combined in both the BMW 760i and the BMW 760Li with an equally innovative concept for the transmission of power – both top models in the BMW 7 Series feature the newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission making its world debut in a production BMW. The eight-speed automatic transmission is indeed an ideal match for the power and performance characteristics of the twelve-cylinder engine, offering an unprecedented standard of gearshift comfort, sportiness and efficiency never seen before.

The new BMW 760i and the new BMW 760Li represent the ultimate pinnacle of motoring refinement and culture in their segment. Both of these twelve-cylinder models are the epitome of refined power, motoring in grand style, and sophisticated exclusivity. They provide a fascinating new answer to the question as to what the really discerning individualist may demand of a car in the luxury class, once again confirming BMW’s leading role in the luxury segment.

(July 20, 09)

Photos: BMW

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