In the lineup of large luxury sedans, many consider the BMW 7-Series to be the best of the lot, thanks to its subtle looks, better than average handling capabilities and its powerful selection of motors.
But for those power junkies, there's been a long, unanswered cry for an M car -- until now.
For whatever reason, while BMW trashes all of its older "rules" for M vehicles, it still contests the 7-Series' mission is for ultimate comfort.
In order to get the North American monkey off BMW's back though, rumors have placed what sounds like an M Performance vehicle, dubbed the M770 "ix" (xDrive), on its way to U.S. shores. Word on the street suggests that there will be extensive usage of carbon fiber, a significant weight reduction, a carbon ceramic big brake kit, lightweight sport seats and much more.
To satisfy the persistent begging of BMW North America, a high-performance 7 Series badged M770i xDrive is headed for our shores. It will likely feature a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 tuned for 475 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers, observant readers will note, don’t surpass the current V-12 760Li, let alone the revised version, which will put out some 570 hp and a beastly 665 lb-ft of torque. The M770ix will, however, be a more agile machine than the plush 760i. The roof, trunk, and hood are said to be made of carbon fiber. Lightweight sport seats (of which there will be only four), carbon-ceramic brakes, a thin-wall exhaust with four tailpipes, and twenty-inch hollow-spoke wheels complete the calorie-saving effort. All next-gen variants will incorporate more carbon fiber architecture and will continue to rely on aluminum for suspension components, firewalls, and doors, with steel forming the rest of the unibody. Across the board, BMW aims to shave some 450 pounds from its big sedan, which would drop it into the same weight class as the aluminum-intensive Jaguar XJ.