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BMW 760Li Added To 7 Series Line-Up

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BMW's V12 power will be a highlight of the new 760Li.
It is due for release in Australia late this year.

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20th April, 2009

Hot on the heels of this month’s showroom arrival of the new BMW 7 Series, which is set to provide a new benchmark for BMW in luxury motoring, plans have been announced for the new V12 powered BMW 760Li.

“The new 760Li will take over the top position within BMW’s model portfolio,” said Stavros Yallouridis, Managing Director of BMW Group Australia.

“When it arrives in the final quarter of 2009, the new BMW 760Li will raise the standard of maximum exclusivity and supremacy in the luxury class to an even higher level,” he said.

The 'heart' of the new 760Li is a completely new V12 engine developed from the ground up, featuring power of 400 kW at an engine speed of 5,250 rpm and maximum torque of 750 Newton-metres from just 1,500 rpm.

Combined with a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission, this twelve-cylinder offers not only refinement, but also supreme driving dynamics through its ability to convert power reserves spontaneously and with precise control at all times into supreme driving dynamics.

Once again, BMW’s twelve-cylinder power unit - the epitome of refined performance, grand touring comfort, and stylish exclusivity - underscores BMW’s endeavour to achieve leadership in the luxury segment.

The drivetrain with all its technical features is a masterpiece of supremacy in every respect. This applies both to the 6.0-litre all-aluminium power unit with TwinPower Turbo Technology, ­High Precision Injection with fuel injected directly into the combustion chambers, and to BMW’s infinite double-VANOS camshaft adjustment as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission featured for the first time in a BMW.

Benefiting from all these technologies, the new BMW 760Li offers a new standard of motoring refinement, dynamic performance and all-round efficiency in a vehicle with this kind of power and output. Acceleration to 100 km/h comes in just 4.6* seconds, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 13.0* litres/100 kilometres.

In determining the cars’ fuel consumption, BMW’s engineers have already taken the stricter EU5 emission standard into account, meaning that with the cars’ performance improving significantly fuel consumption is down by approximately 5.1  per cent versus the former model.

The new BMW 760Li will come comprehensively equipped for the Australian market. Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

This is the fourth time that a twelve-cylinder power unit marks the top end of the engine portfolio featured in the BMW 7 Series. And indeed, every new generation has further reinforced BMW’s position as a leading manufacturer of luxury saloons.

A BMW 7 Series with a twelve-cylinder power unit stands for exclusivity, supremacy and, not least, genuine innovation, the top-of-the-range engines providing the highest standard also on account of the maximum demands they are expected to meet right from the start in the development process.

 BMW’s competence in the development and production of twelve-cylinder power units is based on a long tradition extending all the way back to the year 1925 when the company for the first time hit the headlines by building an aircraft engine with twelve cylinders. Back then BMW’s V12 developed maximum output of 750 hp, with two BMW twelve-cylinders powering the Dornier Wal seaplane just five years later in its record flight across the Atlantic.

In the second half of the 20th century BMW became the pioneer in introducing the twelve-cylinder in luxury cars. The BMW 750i launched in 1987, for example, was the first German twelve-cylinder saloon after the war. In the years to follow a long story of success in motor sport likewise contributed to the reputation of BMW’s twelve-cylinders. The BMW V12 LMR, for example, dominated the racing scene right from the start in its very first race in 1999, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and in the same season clinched overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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