2017 BMW M7

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  • BMW M7
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    Eight-Speed Automatic (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    625 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    640 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    155000 (Est.)
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The first-ever M7 could arrive as soon as 2017

Rumors of BMW planning to build an M7 have been floating around for quite a few years, but Munich has yet to offer a high-performance version of its range-topping limousine as of 2016. The Germans did launch the M760Li xDrive model for the 2017 model year with 600 horsepower, but the sedan isn’t a full-fledged M car. That may change in the future though, as BMW has announced plans to expand its range for M-branded models in March 2016. And with what appears to be a mule of an M7 already spotted on public roads, and BMW’s competitor for the Mercedes-AMG S63/S65 could be here as soon as 2017.

The big question here is “why now?” Well, BMW has been feeling the heat from the Mercedes S63 for some time now, but it was able to fend that off with its partner in crime, Alpina, and its B7. Now, with Cadillac causing all sorts of hell with its V-Series lineup and the looming CT6-V, BMW has no choice but to remove the sandbags from the 7 Series and create the first high-performance full-size since the limited-edition 745i SA, an actual M7 without the badges, built for the South African market between 1984 and 1987.

While Munich has yet to specifically confirm the upcoming M7, our paparazzi caught a group of M-badged cars out testing that included a 7 Series equipped with bigger, cross-drilled brakes. While the sedan sports the regular 7 Series body kit, the performance brakes and the fact that it was seen alongside two BMW X6Ms and an M5 suggests that BMW is indeed hard at work to bring us the first-ever M7.

With the debut of the M7 all but a certainty, we decided to dive into the rumor mill and fish out some details that will give you a good idea of what the M7 will bring to the table.

Updated 03/21/2016: Our spy photographers caught the first mule of the upcoming BMW M7 out for a testing session somewhere in Sweden.

Continue reading our speculative preview of the 2017 BMW M7 to learn more.

 

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New Trademark Hints That We May Finally See a Real BMW M7

New Trademark Hints That We May Finally See a Real BMW M7

Until Now, it’s been all about luxury, but this could change everything…

Despite consumer interest, BMW has never turned the 7 Series over to its M Division for a proper working over. As such, the best we’ve ever seen in the V-12 powered, M760i which is nice and all, but it’s more about luxury and far from being a proper M car. All of that may change as BMW has apparently filed a trademark for the “BMW M7” name, hinting that the M Division may finally be able to have its way with the large sedan.

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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

Are we in store for more lightweight, track-focused M cars from BMW?

Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.

As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.

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2017 BMW M7

2017 BMW M7

The first-ever M7 could arrive as soon as 2017

Rumors of BMW planning to build an M7 have been floating around for quite a few years, but Munich has yet to offer a high-performance version of its range-topping limousine as of 2016. The Germans did launch the M760Li xDrive model for the 2017 model year with 600 horsepower, but the sedan isn’t a full-fledged M car. That may change in the future though, as BMW has announced plans to expand its range for M-branded models in March 2016. And with what appears to be a mule of an M7 already spotted on public roads, and BMW’s competitor for the Mercedes-AMG S63/S65 could be here as soon as 2017.

The big question here is “why now?” Well, BMW has been feeling the heat from the Mercedes S63 for some time now, but it was able to fend that off with its partner in crime, Alpina, and its B7. Now, with Cadillac causing all sorts of hell with its V-Series lineup and the looming CT6-V, BMW has no choice but to remove the sandbags from the 7 Series and create the first high-performance full-size since the limited-edition 745i SA, an actual M7 without the badges, built for the South African market between 1984 and 1987.

While Munich has yet to specifically confirm the upcoming M7, our paparazzi caught a group of M-badged cars out testing that included a 7 Series equipped with bigger, cross-drilled brakes. While the sedan sports the regular 7 Series body kit, the performance brakes and the fact that it was seen alongside two BMW X6Ms and an M5 suggests that BMW is indeed hard at work to bring us the first-ever M7.

With the debut of the M7 all but a certainty, we decided to dive into the rumor mill and fish out some details that will give you a good idea of what the M7 will bring to the table.

Updated 03/21/2016: Our spy photographers caught the first mule of the upcoming BMW M7 out for a testing session somewhere in Sweden.

Continue reading our speculative preview of the 2017 BMW M7 to learn more.

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BMW Says No To M7 And M3 Touring - Again

BMW Says No To M7 And M3 Touring - Again

Every time BMW launched a new generation of the 7 Series, we got all sorts of reports about how the Germans might finally build an M7. It happened again in 2015, when BMW introduced the sixth-gen, G11/G12 executive. Also, BMW fans have always asked that Munich deliver an M version of the 3 Series Touring (wagon), another model that has yet materialize.

Well, don’t hold your breath for any of these cars to happen. BMW has denied (yet again) that either a 2017 BMW M7 or an M3 Touring are in the pipeline. That’s the word from BMW M boss Frank van Meel, who told De Telegraaf that there is no business case for either model.

When asked about a beefed-up 7 Series, van Meel stated that the current sedan is an "upper luxury" model that’s not suited for a hardcore M package, adding that developing one would be a "difficult task." For some reason, it seems as if BMW doesn’t want a competitor for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG or the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.

As for the M3 Touring, van Meel argues that there’s no real demand for it, especially since the wagon version of the 3 Series is only offered in Europe. "People look at what the competition is doing and then call that we need to do that too because we already have a Touring model. We tried to come up with an M3 Touring in the past but there was no demand," he said.

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BMW Exec Confirms "High Demand" For M7

BMW Exec Confirms "High Demand" For M7

A full-blown M-version of the BMW 7 Series has long been in the cards as far as certain Bimmer aficionados are concerned, with every new generation of the model having been expected by some to feature such a model as a range-topper. Talks about the possibility of an M7 usually increase when a 7 Series generation is approaching the end of its life-cycle, so with the 2017 model being right around the corner, speculation is at a high level once again. According to an interview he recently gave to AutoGuide, even the director of product at BMW M, Carsteb Pries, kind of acknowledged that demand for an M7 is real.

With that being said, Pries also mentioned that the "real demand" may not actually be significant enough, and stipulated that there should be a good number of potential customers to "make such a project a priority ahead of other potential projects." You can take whatever you like from that phrase, but Pries also admitted to having received multiple emails with photoshopped M7 versions of the 7 Series and accompanying, "This is what I want" texts. If those don’t sound like potential customers, I don’t know what does.

Since the next generation of the 7 Series has already been spied completely undisguised almost a year before normal folks were supposed to see it, BMW’s marketing department has a lot on its mind in 2015. In other words, if an M-version is indeed in the cards, BMW has every reason to take everyone’s mind off of it and keep your attention on the current product line.

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BMW Product Offensive Continues, but Still No M7 Plans

BMW Product Offensive Continues, but Still No M7 Plans

Despite all the new vehicles BMW is rolling out, an M7 will not be one of them. That’s right, the Germans feel the 7 Series doesn’t need the M-division touch in order to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG S63 or S65. Rather, BMW is leaving the high-speed stuff up to the Alpina B7.
The news comes from BMW’s director of product planning, Paul Ferraiolo, in an interview with MotorTrend at the LA Auto Show. “We feel really good with what we’ve got with Alpina,” Ferraiolo says. "The ’M’ adds sort of a track-element to that, and I don’t know if there’s a lot of demand for the 7 Series on the track."

It’s rather easy to be put off by a statement like, “I don’t know” from a product planner in regards to potential demand and viability. Low demand for an M product seems like an oxymoron. Either way, it doesn’t appear BMW will change using Alpina as its performance arm in the 7 Series luxury game.

In spite of this, Ferraiolo says the slew of new products from BMW is far from over. He said this in regards to filling niches between vehicle segments. “[It’s] an ongoing process. When we see something that could work, we go after it, so it’s not something that has a finite ending when we run out of numbers. The market is always evolving and we’re always looking how we can exploit the market."

Seems like an odd statement to make after passing up the M7 idea.

Note: Alpina B7 pictured here.

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BMW M Division Boss Wants an M7, But it’s Unlikely to Happen Anytime Soon

For all the strides BMW has made in expanding its lineup, one model that’s still noticeably absent from its fleet is a performance-oriented 7 Series.

Talk of a potential M7 has floated around for years, but nothing has really come out of it, leading a lot of people to think that Bimmer is more than content letting Audi and Mercedes enjoy the high-performance luxury segment with the S8 and S63 AMG, respectively.

But not everybody inside BMW seems to agree to this point, including M development chief, Albert Biermann. Speaking to Autocar, Biermann indicated that if he had a say on the issue, he would emphatically call for the M division to develop the M7 so that it could compete with its aforementioned rivals, not to mention the suddenly resurgent Jaguar and its prized luxury cat, the XJR.

Biermann did acknowledge that, while he feels strongly about having an M7, the company still has no current plans to make one, nor does it have any intention to do so in the foreseeable future.

Those who believe that an M7 isn’t feasible can likewise point to the Alpina-tuned B7 as the car that can generally match wits and power with the S8s and S63 AMGs of the world. To that, Biermann contends that a B7 and an actual M7 could be packaged as two totally different models with the latter making full use of Bimmer’s performance division.

But as they say, one voice won’t exactly lead to the change of battle plans and Biermann appears to be resigned to the fact that an M7 isn’t in the cards for the time being. It’s a consequence that could be attributed to BMW’s approach to limit its M models, opting instead to package its new babies as M Performance models the same way its doing with the X3 and the X4.

It’s a shame considering that an M7 would’ve been awesome. Really, really awesome.

Note: photo is of the 2013 BMW 7 Series

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BMW trademarks M7 and M10 names

Last week, we reported that Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW’s North American sales subsidiary, wasfighting to offer its clients an M performance version of BMW’s top of the line sedan: the 7-Series. Now, new details suggest that BMW has indeed trademarked the M7 name, as well as an even more interesting M10, which were both previously registered in October 2010 (M7) and September 2011 (M10).

For the future M7, things are pretty clear. The next generation 7-Series will finally allow BMW to offer a real competitor for models like the Audi S8 and the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.

For the M10, all we have to go on is the trademarked name. If we were to speculate, we would say that this is more than likely the name that will be used for a long-denied model: a BMW competitor for the Audi R8 and the Mercedes SLS. BMW has stated many times that the company would love to offer such a model, but have denied its existence on several occasions.

The search for trademarked names continues with the M1 and M2 names, as well as a bunch of i names, ranging from i1 to i9. Considering the i-sub brand was just in the news for being too ahead of its time, these names will probably sit on the sidelines until 2017 or beyond.

In related news, BMW also trademarked the Corniche name that will most likely be used for a convertible version of the Rolls Royce Ghost.

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BMW CEO still fighting for the M7

In a recent interview, Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW’s North American sales subsidiary, offered a few more details regarding the company’s plans to expand its M line-up. He said that the American market is pressing BMW corporate headquarters in Munich to add an M variant to its new BMW 7-Series, even though BMW has said that the M7 will never happen. Now, this negative response to the production of the M7 may be changing, especially with Willisch’s counterpart in China also asking for the same thing. "I think we will get it," the BMW North America CEO said, but his lips were sealed tight after that, skipping out on offering any further details such as a launch date prediction.

Our hopes of seeing yet another M model gracing the BMW showfloor are high, but Willisch also reiterated that not all BMW models would get an M version. For example, he said that an M variant will never happen for models like the X1 or the X3. Instead, models like this will get a range of accessories through its new M Performance line. These options will improve the models’ general look, but won’t add significant performance upgrades.

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