2017 BMW M760

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Key Specs

of the 2017 BMW M760. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    16 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    601-hp, 6.6-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Prodigious acceleration
  • Launch control
  • All-wheel-drive traction
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Ride quality
  • Luxurious interior
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The Bad

  • Floaty handling
  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Heaviness
  • $150,000-plus price tag
  • Exhaust sound isn't distinctive
  • Gesture control more quaint than effective

Notable Features of the 2017 BMW M760

  • Twin-turbocharged V-12
  • 601 horsepower
  • Zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Carbon-fiber-intensive platform
  • Gesture-based controls
  • Active suspension, four-wheel steering

2017 BMW M760 Road Test

Joe Bruzek
The Verdict:

The BMW M760 is the same great 7 Series we love, now with a lot more heft under the accelerator pedal thanks to a 601-horsepower V-12.

Versus The Competition:

While the M760 isn’t as well-rounded as other super sedans, it hasn’t sacrificed any comfort or luxuriousness with its infusion of M Performance DNA.

BMW went a little mental with the 2017 7 Series. The new BMW M760i xDrive is a BMW7 Series with serious guts under the hood, growing four additional cylinders and 156 more horsepower over the BMW 750 (see our review of the 2016). Powering the M760 is a 601-hp, twin-turbocharged V-12 that in our acceleration testing propelled the M760 to sports-car-like speeds.

For all its horsepower, however, don't call the M760 an M7. Think of the M760 in the same way you would a BMW M235i, which is M performance-oriented but not as track-focused as the BMW M2. The BMW M760i isn't an M7, and I think that makes it better suited to be a BMW 7 Series. A limited number of Alpina B7 sedans will be available, based on a similar chassis and with identical power output, but with different engine and interior finishes.

Zero-to-60 in 3.5 Seconds

The 601-hp, twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 moves the 5,128-pound behemoth at a speed that would make Newton himself rethink his silly laws. This is the first V-12 used in the redesigned 7 Series. Though its turbochargers are mono-scroll — versus the twin-scroll used in smaller-displacement BMW engines — boost response is finger-snapping quick. The M760 is deceivingly fast thanks to a whisper-quiet engine that pours on power and 590 lb-ft of torque without a lick of strain.

The automaker's secret to putting 601 hp to the ground without massive wheelspin is the M760i's standard all-wheel drive (denoted by xDrive in the luxury sedan's name), which ...

BMW went a little mental with the 2017 7 Series. The new BMW M760i xDrive is a BMW7 Series with serious guts under the hood, growing four additional cylinders and 156 more horsepower over the BMW 750 (see our review of the 2016). Powering the M760 is a 601-hp, twin-turbocharged V-12 that in our acceleration testing propelled the M760 to sports-car-like speeds.

For all its horsepower, however, don't call the M760 an M7. Think of the M760 in the same way you would a BMW M235i, which is M performance-oriented but not as track-focused as the BMW M2. The BMW M760i isn't an M7, and I think that makes it better suited to be a BMW 7 Series. A limited number of Alpina B7 sedans will be available, based on a similar chassis and with identical power output, but with different engine and interior finishes.

Zero-to-60 in 3.5 Seconds

The 601-hp, twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 moves the 5,128-pound behemoth at a speed that would make Newton himself rethink his silly laws. This is the first V-12 used in the redesigned 7 Series. Though its turbochargers are mono-scroll — versus the twin-scroll used in smaller-displacement BMW engines — boost response is finger-snapping quick. The M760 is deceivingly fast thanks to a whisper-quiet engine that pours on power and 590 lb-ft of torque without a lick of strain.

The automaker's secret to putting 601 hp to the ground without massive wheelspin is the M760i's standard all-wheel drive (denoted by xDrive in the luxury sedan's name), which has a default rear-biased to drive more like a rear-wheel-drive car. All-wheel drive, paired with launch control, helped the BMW M760i reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds in our testing and complete the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds at 122.7 mph. Watch a video of the testing here.

Launch control with the eight-speed automatic transmission is the key to this high-speed Bimmer. To engage it you, first switch off traction control, then it's as simple as flipping the twinpower M760i into its Sport driving mode, holding the brake, mashing the accelerator pedal until the engine revs to around 3,000 rpm, and letting off the brake while remaining full-bore on the accelerator. The M760i squeals its tires just a tad leaving the line, then rockets to 60 mph, continuing full steam through the quarter-mile at 120-plus mph.

Fast four-doors are not uncommon in the triple-digit realm of $130,000-plus super sedans like the M760i; base price starts at $156,495 including destination charge and a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax. The Mercedes-Benz AMG S-Class S 63, Porsche Panamera Turbo and Tesla Model S P100D could all either give the M760i a run for its money or blow its doors off (in the case of the 2.5-seconds-to-60-mph P100D). Compare the M760Li's specifications with its competitors' here. There's a new, faster AMG S63 for 2018, which you can read more about here.

The speeds recorded in the M760i are in a league with cars we've drag-strip-tested, including the 707-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2017 Nissan GT-R. The 2017 Nissan GT-R hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and ran through the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at 121.7 mph, while the Challenger Hellcat was about 3.5 seconds to 60 mph and 11.3 seconds in the quarter-mile at 125.6 mph. Among four-doors, we ran as quickly as 11.0 seconds in the quarter-mile with the Charger SRT Hellcat.

Luxury First, Performance Second

It's an unnatural feeling to be going that fast in a car like the M760, partly because it remains a 7 Series first and a performance car second despite its rocket-ship acceleration. Like other 7 Series models, the M760 has the opulence of a bespoke luxury sedan, with lounging back seats and some of the comfiest sofa-like front seats in its class. It also features signature 7 Series technology, including a removable rear tablet and a multimedia system with gesture control.

BMW hasn't uncorked the turbocharged V-12's exhaust very much, so the M760i remains stately. There isn't a defining noise from the tailpipes; it's more of a whirl of mechanical noises than a distinctive or pleasurable engine song. The engine is quiet — almost too quiet for an M performance car, though it's great for a luxury car.

All BMW M760i xDrives come with four-wheel steering and an air suspension. The suspension is re-tuned for dynamic duty in the M760, and sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires roll on M760-unique 20-inch wheels. The suspension tuning and tire choice are barely noticeable changes. Trust me, the BMW M760 goes around bends quicker than it needs to, but it's mechanical grip over which you don't necessarily feel in control. That's due to light steering and body motion that rolls over at first turn-in, unlike the tuned, precise experience from an Audi RS 7 or Porsche Panamera. The M760's cushy ride is the one I'd take on a grand tour, however.

Who Really Needs One of These?

While testing the M760, I routinely fielded the question, "Who would ever buy one of these?" I admit that halfway through defending our $179,595-as-tested luxury sedan I might have sounded like a lunatic. But I hold my ground. The answer is no one "needs" a 601-hp 7 Series, but the 7 Series has been a favorite of ours since its 2016 redesign, and the M760 is my favorite variant of the already stellar sedan. The M760 is fast, but the core 7 Series experience hasn't been twisted into a spine-shattering performance sedan. If you want to buy one, though, it might be a special-order item, as Cars.com's national inventory doesn't currently show any available.


2017 M760 Video

The 2017 BMW 7 Series is Cars.com's Luxury Car of the Year, and one of the reasons is all of the electronic goodies in it. In the video above, we happen to be showing you an M760, featuring aspects of the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package.

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 BMW M760 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 BMW M760 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M760 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker