BMW May Add M Performance Version of New 7-series

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BMW is launching its new 7-series with a reduced engine portfolio, but more powerful engines are in the wings, according to company sources.

At launch, the U.S. market will only get a turbocharged 320-hp, 3.0-liter straight-six, and a 445-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8. In addition to these choices, Europe gets a 2.0-liter-four coupled with an electric motor for a total of 320 horsepower, and a 261-hp, six-cylinder turbodiesel.

That’s a far cry from the competition, and from the predecessor’s lineup, and we’re happy to report that several higher-powered models will be added to the portfolio. There will be diesels that make well beyond 300 horsepower—although not a V-8 diesel. And new 760i is happening, again featuring the monstrous twin-turbocharged V-12.

Between the lines, BMW is hinting at an M Performance derivative of the 7-series. Details are scarce, but it is possible that BMW’s sporty 7-series offering will launch mild hybridization. Separately, we also expect to see a replacement for the current Alpina B7, powered by a tweaked and massaged twin-turbo V-8 that makes around 600 horsepower.



As of right now, the sportiest the new 7-series gets is with the addition of the optional M Sport package, which brings revised lower bodywork, M-specific wheels of 19 or 20 inches, and M-branded interior items.

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