A fresh report out of Europe claims BMW will end production of its V12-powered M760Li flagship sedan towards the end of 2020.
According to BimmerToday, production of the most powerful 7 Series variant will wrap up around the final quarter of the year.
The reason behind the decision? Well, we’re sure you’ve guessed it by now. Yes, Europe’s increasingly stringent emissions standards are likely to blame (the M760Li has an average CO2 emissions figure of 297 g/km, after all).
Of course, BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse has already confirmed the next-generation 7 Series sedan range will be topped by a fully electric variant, leading to speculation the new flagship will wear the "Mi7" badge.
As a reminder, the M760Li's twin-turbo 6,6-litre V12 sends 430 kW and 850 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission, which the Munich-based firm says is enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3,8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, although BMW will raise that figure to 305 km/h should you tick the appropriate box.
In South Africa, the M760Li is currently offered in three forms. The M760Li xDrive and M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence are both priced from R2 917 876, while the M760Li xDrive V12 Individual starts at R3 065 476.
As part of the BMW Group, Rolls-Royce uses a similar engine, but it remains to be seen what sort of impact this decision will have on the British automaker.
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