Speaking of going fast, it may come as a surprise that the M760Li xDrive is the fastest vehicle BMW has ever produced.
If you need a reminder that Canadians know how to have fun, look no further than the BMW M760Li xDrive, which saw its debut in Canada today at the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
According to National Product Manager, BMW Canada, Matthew Wilson, Canada is a hotbed for consumers who want something more in their vehicles. In fact, he goes so far as to say that in this segment with sedans hitting the six-digit mark, Canada has "probably the highest ratio of performance models" in the world.
In the case of the M760Li, that "something more" comes in the form of a Rolls-Royce-derived TwinPower turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine that produces an astonishing 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
Wilson says our neighbours to the south are more apt to stick with more basic sedans when moving up to luxury vehicles. Not the case with Canadians, it seems. While he couldn't give exact expectations in terms of numbers, Wilson expects a significant chunk of 2018 7 Series cars sold in Canada to be the M version. In fact, sales in the triple digits aren't out of the question.
And that's the very reason why BMW decided to release its first ever "M" designated 7 Series sedan. Although automotive fans are being beaten over the head with talk about hybrids, EVs, and alternative fuel vehicles these days, Wilson says in the luxury large car segment, performance model sales are are on the upswing.
It's a stark contrast to the electric vehicles at BMW's large stand at the Toronto auto show, but it's reason for celebration for any car fan who loves things that go fast.
Speaking of going fast, it may come as a surprise that the M760Li xDrive is the fastest vehicle BMW has ever produced, with an official 0-100 kilometre per hour time of 3.7 seconds. That's when using the vehicle's standard launch control, although Wilson himself notes that BMW's numbers are typically "conservative."
Although there aren't a lot of competitors to BMW's new M car, Smith also notes that its $160,000 price tag is actually quite a deal when stacked up to others in the segment. Mercedes-Benz, for example, offers a 12-cylinder S 65 AMG sedan for $253,300 - nearly $100,000 more than the BMW.
The M760Li xDrive we see on the show floor in Toronto is a real looker. The satin matte finish really brings out the lines in the BMW, and the "M" badge here and "V12" badge there give a subtle-but-not-too-subtle wink to other drivers that this is something more special than a regular 7 Series.
There's also a steady stream of curious showgoers who are enjoying the extended wheelbase (all M versions of the 7 Series around the world will be long wheelbase). The model has one of the few options available on the M760Li xDrive, which is an executive package which offers two rear seats instead of three. This may have beastly performance, but you can bet it'll offer up plenty of luxury as well.
It's an intoxicating combination, and despite not even having the chance to turn on the car, the M760Li has quickly become one of my favourite vehicles at the Toronto show.
Photos: Kanishka Sonnadara / Motor1 Canada