BMW ends production of V12 engines with limited-edition 7 Series

German automaker BMW has built several variations of its almighty V12 gasoline engine since 1986. The N74 V12 manufactured from 2008 to the present is the most acclaimed. When first debuted in the fifth-generation 760i/760Li, BMW’s first-ever turbocharged V12 engine produced 536 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

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Additionally, the N74 V12 engine is the first time BMW has used an 8-speed automatic transmission built by renowned German auto parts manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen AG. But as the automotive world shifts from gurgling dinosaur juice to battery-stored electrons, it won’t take long for automakers like BMW to phase out their gas-guzzling V12 engines.

And that is precisely the case in the latest press release from BMW. On a rather happy note, BMW has announced that it will stop making V12 engines by June 2022. But before you take a Kleenex, BMW promises to release 12 final 7 Series units equipped with the N74 V12 engine, but it There’s a catch: You need to have a big bank account to buy one, but we’ll get to that later.

Pictured: 2020 BMW 7 Series

First, it’s essential to discuss what BMW has in store for twelve potential buyers of its limited-edition M760i xDrive. Of course, you get a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine under the hood with infinitely variable valve timing (BMW calls it Double VANOS with Valvetronic), gasoline direct injection and a pair of mono turbo blowers. -scroll, pumping out 601 horsepower between a screaming 5,500 and 6,500 rpm.

The engine sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive AWD system. The 2022 M760i xDrive can propel itself like a supercar, hitting 60 mph from a dead stop in just 3.6 seconds, mightily impressive for a luxury limo weighing over 6,000 pounds. (2,840 kg) on ​​average.

2020 BMW 7 Series

Pictured: 2020 BMW 7 Series

Since we are talking about a 7 series, the M760i is packed with luxury amenities and standard comforts. It features 20-inch M double-spoke wheels (available in gray or black) wrapped in performance run-flat tires, M sport brakes (with black or blue calipers), luxury rear seats, roof panoramic LED “sky lounge”, Icon adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, to name a few.

Of course, it also gets a V12 badge on the trunk lid and a collection of THE FINAL V12 commemorative plaques on the center console, engine cover and door sills. Additionally, potential buyers can choose from any available BMW Individual paint color and several full Merino leather interior tones.

The M760i xDrive with the final V12 engine begins (and ends) production in June, while the first deliveries will arrive in customer garages in July. If you aspire to become one of the 12 lucky buyers, prepare to shell out at least $200,000 to take advantage of this privilege.

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