While the company didn’t have a booth at the Detroit auto show, BMW did reveal the 2020 7-Series sedan during the media days of the show — just not in Michigan. The upcoming big Bimmer gets some new styling, updates to its powertrain and some revised high-tech features that should make them more useful and less-like gimmicks.
The 2020 7-Series will offer almost the entire suite of BMW engines: You’ll find a V12, V8 and I6 available in different trims. Of course, the 6.6-liter V12-powered models top the 7-Series trim levels — bearing the 760i badge– and make an impressive 600 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The 760i is electronically limited to 155 mph, but we have no doubts that the turbocharged V12 could push past that if the limiter was removed.
If you think the V12 is a little much, you can check off the new-for-2020 V8. The 4.4-liter V8 is good for 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in 750i models. That’s not too much of a horsepower penalty for dropping four cylinders. The V8-powered all-wheel-drive models can still sprint to 60 mph from a dead stop in 3.9 seconds — 0.2 second quicker than the new Toyota Supra.
Stepping closer to the entry point of the 7-Series, the 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six that churns out 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. While that’s considerably down on power when compared to its V8 and V12 counterparts, the I6-powered 740i xDrive can hit 60 mph in a respectable 4.8 seconds.
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