New V-12 Engine Powers 2010 BMW 760Li

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We recently reviewed BMW’s V-8-powered 750i luxury sedan, but for those looking for more power and luxury — and willing to spend more money — BMW offers a V-12 version, the 2010 760Li, which receives the same platform updates as the redesigned 750i but features a new V-12 engine that pairs with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing information hasn’t been released, but expect its starting price to be somewhere near the outgoing 760Li’s $124,100 base price. It hits dealerships this fall.

Like the V-8 in the 750i and 750Li, the 6.0-liter V-12 in the 760Li features twin turbochargers. The V-12’s preliminary specifications are 544 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque, and BMW says the car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, which is more than a half-second quicker than the 750Li. Gas mileage estimates haven’t been released yet. The sedan is also equipped with a self-leveling rear suspension.

V-12 sedans are only offered in long-wheelbase Li form, which adds 5.5 inches to the sedan’s wheelbase for more backseat room. Subtle exterior changes distinguish the 760Li from its V-8 sibling, like more slats in the twin-kidney grille, V-12 badges on the front doors and unique exhaust outlets. Interior features include illuminated doorsills, Nappa leather around the instruments, and Alcantara material for the headliner and sun visors.

Having driven the 750i, I can say that the car is plenty quick with its 400-hp V-8. That said, the 760Li is less about improved performance — though that comes with the package — than it is about extravagant transportation. When you’re going up against models like the Audi A8 L W12 and Mercedes-Benz S600, it’s what you have to do to be competitive.

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