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      07-16-2012, 08:08 AM   #1
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Cool BMW M Performance M770i (G11) is Coming

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BMW has long maintained that there will never, ever be an M7. The 7 Series’ mission of providing ultimate comfort, the reasoning goes, is inherently incompatible with the racing roots of the M division. The Bavarians have held fast to this self-imposed prohibition even as the magic M has found its way onto the decklids of hardtop convertibles and large crossovers. Potentially with the currently generation, but more likely with the next 7 Series, due in late 2015, BMW may finally break that taboo. Sort of.

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.

At the other end of the 7 Series spectrum, BMW is contemplating a 730i powered by a 260-hp four-cylinder engine. The other variants reappear on in updated form. The 740i’s in-line six will make 340 hp, and the 750i increases to 460 hp. On the hybrid front, we should see two different plug-in variants, the lesser one assembled around a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the more potent one starring a 3.0-liter six. The lineup moves to ZF’s new nine-speed automatic, but if a current-F01-generation M770ix appears, it would stick with a specially programmed eight-speed.

The sixth-generation 7-series exterior, previewed by our (very accurate) spy illustration by AUTOBILD / Larson, is the work of the recently appointed brand design director Karim Habib. Perfectly proportioned, the next big BMW is indeed a stunning sculpture—clean and streamlined and yet very elegant thanks to various cleverly applied horizontal chrome accents. The M-variant, not surprisingly, will wear a special aerodynamic body kit.

BMW is not alone in its forthcoming overhaul of its flagship sedan – Audi and Mercedes, too, are readying new versions of its A8 and S-Class, respectively. Check back next week for the full details on the other two German über-sedans.


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      07-16-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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Coming soon... BMW M Pickup Truck. Why? Why not. Everything else is.

I suppose this is just another answer to AMG's S63/S65 variants.
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      07-16-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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Coming soon... BMW M Pickup Truck. Why? Why not. Everything else is.
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Only if they wanted to compete with a Ford Lightning or Dodge SRT-10.

In terms of brute power, they'll never touch my 3/4 ton cummins. It can pull a house.

They need to stick with what they are good at, and not whore out the M badge on everything.
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      07-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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Yawn.

Why would a somewhat more sporty, yet less high quality car have a higher badge number?

This will never happen anyway.
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      07-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #5
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M3 pickup truck exists already
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      07-16-2012, 03:55 PM   #6
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Coming soon... BMW M Pickup Truck. Why? Why not. Everything else is.

I suppose this is just another answer to AMG's S63/S65 variants.
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It's already done No production yet since not enough rednecks signed up on the waiting list.
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      07-16-2012, 03:55 PM   #7
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i'm going to put an //M logo on my cat. stay tuned
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      07-16-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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Bullshit. A 770i wouldn't be less powerful than the 760i.
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Although pleasant, it's ridiculous.

The 760i is already a beast, you won't find many cars of that size and weight which pulls that hard.

This is nonsense.
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      07-16-2012, 03:59 PM   #10
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Wtf really? a 730i with a 2.4l engine?
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      07-16-2012, 04:04 PM   #11
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Wtf really? a 730i with a 2.4l engine?
While I'm not sure if I really agree with a 730i or a 770i (that's less powerful than a 760i), I think between the two a 730i makes (slightly) more sense.
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Yes, it makes perfect sense...
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BMW have tapped into this by mirroring typical BMW dynamics and steering communication within the new UKL cars.
You mean massive body roll, a steering system that is not connected to the front wheels, and the engine note played through the speaker system?!?!?!?!
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      07-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #13
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My wife put an ///M on my birthday cake....That cake went fast too
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I think M purists need to get over the branding. With the M cars available there will be some great cars true to the racing M heritage, and then others that aren't .... it isnt that difficult to pick them ...it is just a badge after all and one shouldn't buy a car based on a badge!
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. hey, i'd rather do that too
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I don't understand all the complaining. They already make an M Sport 7er (or was that a 5 series I saw, kidding!).

Seriously though, just because they make this car it doesn't mean they will stop making M3s. So what if they make a sporty 7, I doubt they will sell more than 1000 of them here in the US.

I am sure they lightweight tech will trickle down, eventually.
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750d would be a better spend of money.
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I don't care how much heavier the twin-turbo V12 is, put it in the M770i with about 650hp and 650tq, with the weight saving measures they already have planned. Make it available in rear-wheel drive and xDrive.

There is no way in hell a 475hp 7-series can compete with S AMGs. Plus, 475hp is far too close to the standard 750i's 460hp.
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i think bmw will fall like apple did/ is doing. apple changed alot after mr.jobs passed away, and imo bmw started to make showoff cars instead of "ultimate driving machine"s. all those fake m models are what the forum hate, m badged normal cars just to show off.

edit: also im not saying this because of "purism" or any kinda stuff, im just saying it since i feel that way. hell, if i were a purist, why would i be driving a 116i right?
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i think bmw will fall like apple did/ is doing. apple changed alot after mr.jobs passed away, and imo bmw started to make showoff cars instead of "ultimate driving machine"s. all those fake m models are what the forum hate, m badged normal cars just to show off.

edit: also im not saying this because of "purism" or any kinda stuff, im just saying it since i feel that way. hell, if i were a purist, why would i be driving a 116i right?
Apple is still breaking revenue records quarter after quarter so apparently the world disagrees with you on apple products.

As for BMW M Performance cars, I won't pass judgment until I've driven one. But you have already apparently?

Can't stand these end of the world sky is falling overreactions sorry.
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eh calling it a M755i would make more sense.
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