It looks like some information may have been leaked about BMW’s 7 Series flagship model for 2016. According to Bimmer Today, the online configurator for the BMW 7 Series on BMW.de has revealed that BMW will offer a M760Li model for 2016. Apparently, some 2015 models – when properly built in the configurator – will display a new M760Li badge on the rear deck lid.

So, if this information is correct, it looks like there will be an M Performance variant of the 760 next year, powered by a revised version of BMW’s V-12 engine. It’s expected that the 760 will only be offered with a longer wheelbase, but we don’t expect to see the official debut until sometime near the end of next year. That means there is a lot of time for things to change. To the best of our knowledge, the range-topping model of the 7 Series should go for somewhere in the area of $150,000. But, should the configurator be correct, an M-variant of the 760 could go for a little more.

The M760Li will obviously come standard with the M Performance package, but don’t lose hope for a non-performance based model. The V-12 can easily be adapted to provide more or less power depending on the model, which means there could also be a purely

based version of the 760 as well. So is this just a hoax in hopes of getting people excited? Well, I set out to take a look at the configurator on BMW.de myself.

Continue reading for the full story.

Why it matters

I can’t say with 100 percent certainty whether the whole M760i is a hoax or not. For all we know, some programmer could have made a small error and accidentally dropped the ball – leaking a model to come. It could also be someone playing with Photoshop, simply making their own M760i badge and tricking us all. When I looked at the configurator on BMW.de (big thanks to Google Chrome for translating,) I attempted to configure several different 7 Series models – including the 740i, 740Li, 750i, and 750Li. I tried equipping various options – including the M Sports package – but never actually saw the M760Li badge. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean this whole thing is a hoax – BMW could have easily had their online programmer “fix the leak.” Besides, the leak was said to be found with certain 2015 models under a specific configuration, so maybe I just missed it. Despite not being able to find proof myself, I still lean toward the fact that it is true, and an M760i will debut sometime next year. If this is a hoax, however, I would like to give kudos to the father. It would be a creative way to convince BMW to give us what we want, wouldn’t it?

BMW 7 Series

2016 BMW 7 Series High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW 7 Series here.

Source: BimmerToday

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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