BMW could test the M7 waters with an M Performance model first.
Although rumor has it the German automaker is debuting a high-performance M7 model next year, it appears that BMW remains non-committal towards the idea.
With the new 7 Series launching with less engine options than its predecessor, more powerful engines are in the works according to a report from Car and Driver. Currently, BMW plans on offering a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine with 320 hp and a 4.4-liter turbo V8 with 445 hp in the U.S., while Europe also receives a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor for 320 hp. The sole diesel offering will be a turbocharged six-cylinder with 261 hp.
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Those looking for more performance will be happy to hear that BMW is developing a 760i model that will have a twin-turbo V12 while more diesel powerplants will be added with over 300 hp. Details are scarce on the BMW 7 Series M Performance model, but its rumored to have mild hybridization to boost performance and will be sold alongside an updated Alpina B7 model. Expect the new Alpina B7 to boast a twin-turbo V8 with around 600 hp.
At least for the model’s launch, early adopters can opt for the BMW 7 Series M Sport package (seen above) that adds sportier styling, 19- or 20-inch wheels and M-branded interior items.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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