The first M-branded 7 Series will soon hit BMW dealerships, and we finally know how much it’ll set you back. If you’re burning to get one, be prepared to shell out quite a bit of cash, because the M760i xDrive will set you back at least $153,800, plus destination and handling fee.
Before you say that isn’t too bad, remember this: the Alpina B7 is a 600-horsepower 7 Series that costs over $16,000 less. But what’s $16,000 when you’ve already pushed well beyond the $100,000 mark, right?
Let’s be honest: most people who end up buying the M760i xDrive won’t ever shred some rubber with this fine Bimmer. No, they’ll be chauffeured around in it, or if they drive it themselves, it will be treated like a status symbol on wheels.
Hopefully I’m wrong, because this is a car that screams to be driven. It’s the first to use an M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder engine, good for 601 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. While a manual transmission would’ve been too much to ask for, the 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic with launch control is great. BMW says the car can go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds, which is crazy for such a large sedan.
You also get a BMW Carbon Core body, plus an M Performance suspension. The word is that combination makes the car agile, but BMW needs to send a press car my way so I can verify that, for posterity’s sake of course.