BMW M Division head of Engineering Albert Biermann says that an M7 should be designed on its latest 7 Series vehicles, according to Auto-Types. Although Biermann is keen on this model, BMW’s M Division has never formally worked on such a vehicle. Alpina however is currently developing the B7, which is powered by a twin turbocharged engine generating 533 bhp, but Biermann says that an M7 would be quite different.
BMW is currently stalling its next generation M3, M5 and M6 models while planning to launch an M3 GT in fall 2016. Funds generated by an M7 could be used in investment purposes for the future and the company is reportedly considering extending the M Series to its line of SUVs for another high performance line.
The current variants of the X3 and X4 will soon be upgraded to X5 M and X6 Mm in line with Audi’s S and RS lineup although details remain scarce. Alpina has worked extensively on the B7 and although it looks like a regular BMW 7 Series, it tells a whole new tale under the hood and on the interior. Some minor exterior changes include standard 21 inch rims, functional cooling vents, and aerodynamic bumper, with double tail pipes.
Liberal use of leather characterizes its interior while a slew of technical changes have been made to incorporate its advanced feel. Cruise Control, Comprehensive Four Zone Climate Control, Glass Sunroof, Electric Memory Seats, Self Leveling Suspension, Bluetooth and Sat Nav connectivity are other features. A twin turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 provides the power.
BMW says that any M7 would be disinguishable from the B7, but Biermann did not go into details. However BMW rejected an M7 back in 2009 and it looks like the company has not changed its mind. Stay tuned for updates.—Paul Duchene