BMW 760Li xDrive: a new rival for Mercedes-Benz S 600

BMW 760 Li xDrive
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At the Geneva Motor Show, BMW will show the new flagship BMW 760 Li xDrive with 6.6 liter V12 engine from the RR Ghost and the Wraith.

For the first time, the new BMW M760Li xDrive combines the engine with the four-wheel drive under the MPerformance umbrella.

The 6.6-liter V12 engine develops an output of 600 HP at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 800 Nm at 1,500 rpm, while the combined fuel consumption is of 12.6 l/100 km. The engine with the same displacement, mounted in the RR Ghost develops 570 HP and 632 HP in the RR Wraith.

By comparison, the Mercedes S 600 long develops 530 HP and 830 Nm from its 6.0-liter V12 engine.

The new BMW M760 Li xDrive accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (305 km/h with M Driver’s package). The power is transfered via the state of the art eight-speed automatic Steptronic Sport transmission.

The hi-tech package with Executive Drive Pro (intelligent adaptive suspension and active roll stabilization), integral active steering and xDrive is standard. The M aerodynamic package, M sports exhaust system including flap control, M Sport brakes with brake calipers in blue metallic with M badging are also standard.

Because in this class, there are a lot of clients looking for a more discreet luxurious look, the optional V12 Excellence package is available at no extra cost, instead of M aerodynamic package. But in both cases, the 20-inch alloy wheels shod with 245/40 R 20 – 275/35 R 20 tyres  are standard: the M double spoke 760M design in Cerium Grey metallic matt for the the M package and the W-spoke 646 design high gloss polished for the Excellence package.

The BMW 7 Series has not had a great start in 2016. In January only 3,392 units were sold compared with 8,437 S-Class. On the other hand, the new 7 Series is available only as a sedan with long and short wheelbase, while the Mercedes S-Class has a broad range with 6 different versions.