After 35 years, BMW is ending manufacturing of V12 engines for its fashions in June.
It’ll introduce a particular model of its BMW M760Li xDrive known as The Last V12.
Solely 12 examples shall be produced, every of which is headed to the US market. BMW is approaching patrons with a protracted historical past of V12 7 Sequence possession.
We’ve contacted BMW Australia to substantiate if it’ll supply any sort of last version, and to substantiate what number of extra M760Li fashions shall be coming Down Underneath.
The V12-powered flagship sedan nonetheless seems on the BMW Australia web site, although it’s a special-order car.
BMW USA has detailed The Last V12, although it hasn’t revealed any pictures past a close-up of a badge.
Over the M760Li – or M760i because it’s identified within the US, the place the regular-length 7 isn’t bought – the particular version contains a distinctive badge, in addition to sill plates inscribed with “The Last V12” and a numbered plaque on the console and engine cowl.
There are additionally burnished 20-inch alloy wheels completed in Window Gray or Jet Black behind which sit M Sport brakes completed in both black or blue.
Consumers can specify any of the 80 BMW Particular person paint colors for the outside and any BMW Particular person Full Merino upholstery color for the inside. The cabin additionally options piano black accents.
As soon as the shopper has taken supply, they’ll obtain a desk trophy commemorating their buy and itemizing their selection of paint, leather-based and the automotive’s VIN.
Only one fully-equipped configuration shall be out there. This consists of:
- Luxurious rear seating bundle
- Panoramic Sky Lounge roof
- Adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight
- Bowers & Wilkins Diamond encompass sound system
- Distant management parking
Underneath the bonnet is a twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine producing 448kW of energy and 850Nm of torque, mated with an eight-speed computerized transmission.
Regardless of weighing 2168kg, the V12 hauls the M760Li from 0-100km/h in simply 3.8 seconds.
BMW first launched a V12 engine in 1987.
The naturally-aspirated, single-overhead cam 5.0-litre mill produced 219kW of energy and was used within the 750iL flagship sedan. It later featured within the 850i grand tourer.
Subsequent V12 engines have been utilized in generations of the 7 Sequence to today.
BMW additionally produced a double-overhead cam V12 that was used within the McLaren F1.
Naturally, with Rolls-Royce being a part of the BMW Group, the British marque’s V12 engine is expounded to that underneath the bonnet of the M760Li.
Whereas Rolls-Royce is on the point of launch its first electrical car in 2023 with the Spectre, its 6.75-litre V12 is anticipated to stay round for a couple of years but earlier than it shifts to promoting solely electrical autos by 2030.
A brand new era of BMW 7 Sequence is about to be revealed this yr.
As a part of BMW’s “Energy of Selection” technique, it’ll proceed to be out there with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, although an electrical model known as the i7 will be a part of the vary.