BMW brought us to Palm Springs to sample its flagship 7 Series in range-topping BMW M760i trim, the first time the M division has applied its performance tuning to a 7 Series.
Itís a given that any 7 Series will be luxurious, spacious, and come with enough tech to launch a nuclear strike, but could the M division really turn this two-ton luxo-barge into a sports sedan worthy of the revered M badge?
BMW wanted to prove that it is, so we toured the roads around Palm Springs and had free reign at the Thermal Club race track to push the car to its very limits.
After launching an all-new 7 Series last year with a six-cylinder, an eight-cylinder and even a hybrid, this year itís time to break out the big guns, starting with this M-tuned twin-turbo 12-cylinder monster.
It makes 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and despite weighing more than 5,000 pounds (2,326 kg), standard xDrive all-wheel drive helps launch it to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in 3.7).
But while anyone can stuff enough power into a big car and make it launch fast, what BMW and M have become famous for is how their cars behave on winding roads and race tracks. Although itís a hefty vehicle, its Carbon Core construction minimizes weight up top with the use of layered aluminum and carbon fiber in the body structure so that the carís weight is lower, benefiting handling.