BMW has announced that will stop manufacturing its V12 engine. The engine will bid farewell under the hood of a limited edition Series 7 in America, thirty-five years after the first model was introduced. This edition of M760i, baptized ‘The Final V12’, will be produced in 12 units.
In Europe, the V12 has disappeared from the BMW range for more than a year now. It has been out of stock since the M760Li xDrive stopped being sold. Despite the introduction in 2019 of new decontamination systems taking advantage of the restyling of the 7 Series, which lowered its power from 610 to 585 hp, BMW decided to withdraw the model and the V12 from the European catalog, although it remains in North America, South Africa and Japan, for example.
The evolution of environmental regulations and the little interest of the clientele for such an extreme 7 Series have led BMW to cancel the V12 in Europe. And soon, it will also stop being for sale for the rest of the markets.
In the United States, the M760i xDrive de 608 CV It is still available, although it has little time left. BMW announced that it will stop making its V12 engine in June, at least for BMW cars. And that means that the rest of the markets in which the model was still available will also be left without V12. Only Rolls-Royce, owned by the BMW Group, will continue to use V12 engines within the group.
‘The Final V12’: a limited series of 12 units
Call ‘The Final V12’, only 12 units will be manufactured of this limited edition of the M760i. It will be recognized by the V12 logo on the boot instead of the M760i designation and by the 20-inch gray or satin black 760M wheels that will reveal the blue or black brake calipers.
On board, gloss black interior trim, ‘The Final V12’ on the door sills and a numbered plaque on the center console complete the package.
The last Series 7 with V12 will have a unique configuration and equipped to the maximum. It will include laser headlights, the Bowers & Wilkins car audio equipment, the Professional driving assistance package, Merino leather upholstery, the panoramic roof with ambient lighting and parking as standard. semi-autonomous remotely (using the key as a remote control of the car).
The model, which will go into production in June 2022 (they will be the last units manufactured), will be priced at $200,000, about 177.000 euros. At the moment, BMW has not yet published photos of the final edition of the 7 Series.
BMW and the V12: 35 years of milestones
Thus, the BMW M760i ‘The Final V12’ will be the last serial BMW to have a V-twelve-cylinder engine, a mechanical architecture introduced thirty-five years ago in the 7 Series. BMW 750iL (E32) the one in charge of starting the engine. It debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1987. Its 5.0-litre M70 V12 was a no-brainer compared to today’s V12. Atmospheric and with a cylinder head with two valves per cylinder, it developed 300 hp.
In 1989, the engine found its way into the 8 Series (E31) coupé, the 850i. Over time it evolved to reach 5.6 liters of displacement and 380 hp in the 850 CSi. But without a doubt the most famous evolution of the V12 BMW was the one that served to motorize the McLaren F1.
In 1996, he even delivered 689 hp in the McLaren F1 LM thanks to a larger displacement, a double overhead camshaft and a four-valve-per-cylinder head. And all this without resorting to supercharging, which made this variant the most powerful BMW engine ever installed in a road car. The current V12 (type N74) of 6.6 liters from the M760i, with twin turbo, direct injection and 48 valves, is very different from its predecessor.
In any case, BMW is not the only manufacturer to abandon the 12-cylinder. Audi has already done the same with the W12 -which survives in Bentley-, while Mercedes has withdrawn it from the S-Class and AMG to leave it only in the ultra-luxurious finishes of Maybach. Thus, the next BMW 7 Series will not have a V12 engine, but will be available for the first time in a version 100% electric called i7, which will be unveiled at the end of 2022.