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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New BMW M760i xDrive Is The Least Expensive V12 Sedan At $153,800

Waiting to put your name down on the list for a new #BMW M760i xDrive? You can finally start putting aside the cash, as the Bavarian automaker has released US pricing for its latest flagship.

Announced at the LA Auto Show today, the M760i will command a princely $153,800, plus a destination charge that should add another $995 for a delivered price of $154,795. That's nearly twice as much as a base 740i, over 50 percent more than a 750i, and a good $16,800 more than the Alpina B7.

In relative terms, the M760i comes in $9,100 more than a Mercedes-AMG S63, but $16,950 less than the similarly V12-powered S600 or a whopping $73,100 less than the AMG S65. Believe it or not, that makes the M760i the least expensive way to get yourself into a new twelve-cylinder sedan. Everything else from Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Aston Martin commands upwards of $200k. (The Audi A8 L W12, while priced below the performance-oriented BMW in Germany, isn't offered Stateside.)

However it stacks up, the M760i is the first 7 Series with even a quasi-M Performance treatment. Like the Rolls-Royce Ghost/Wraith/Dawn, it packs a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12, in this application rated at 601 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.

Driven to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, that's enough to rocket the big sedan to 60 in a quoted 3.6 seconds. But as you can see, it don't come cheap – even if it does undercut the V12-powered competition.

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