BMW’s flagship sedan, the 7 Series, has never had an M-badged high-performance variant. This may change in the future, though, as the BMW M division’s chief engineer Albert Biermann told Autocar that a BMW M7 is being considered to compete with cars like the Audi S8, Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, and Jaguar XJR.
Although a BMW M7 has never existed, BMW tuner Alpina does produce a performance version of the 7 Series called the BMW Alpina B7. This model (pictured here) is powered by an upgraded version of the 7 Series’ 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 that produces 540 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque, up 95 hp and 58 lb-ft from the standard 750i sedan. According to Biermann, the purported BMW M7 would be a different machine than the Alpina B7 with a more extensive, full M treatment akin to the performance division’s other models.
Biermann did tell Autocar that a BMW M7 was not in the current product plan since the division is focusing on other projects, but reiterated that he would like to see such a model in the future. The brand’s other projects include a possible all-wheel-drive system for the next M5 and M6 models, as well as a potential M version of the BMW 3 Series GT hatchback -- likely related to the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe. According to this report, BMW will not be producing true M versions of the upcoming BMW X4 or the smaller X3, but could instead create milder M Performance versions like the upcoming 2015 BMW M235i. These M-badged vehicles intend to sit between the standard BMW models but below a fully-outfitted M-car like an M3 or an M5.
Last year our European correspondent Georg Kacher reported that a possible high-performance 7 Series would likely be based on the next-generation of the BMW 7 Series which is set to debut in 2015. However, Kacher speculated that this sportier 7 Series would also be an M Performance model rather than a full BMW M7. This model could be called M770i xDrive, and may be equipped with a slightly upgraded, 475-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. This purported M-badged 7 Series would feature lightweight materials and upgraded suspension and brakes to give it a focus on handling rather than outright power.
We’ll see which direction BMW’s M division takes with the brand’s largest luxury sedan sometime within the next few years.