BMW made a rather sad announcement this week, introducing another limited-run model but this time as a swan song for V12 engines. The BMW M760i Final V12 model will be a limited-run series of the flagship model, meant to mark the end of production for the 12-cylinder heart under the hood.
Only 12 units of the BMW M760i Final V12 edition will be built and all of them will be bespoke, distinguished from any other 7 Series thanks to unique badging, wheels and a choice from the vast collection of exterior colors and upholstery choices offered by the BMW Individual catalogue. The MSRP will kick off at an eye-watering $200,000 plus the $995 destination and handling fee. Think of it not just as a $200,000 7 Series but as a piece of history, as BMW claims these will be the final cars they will make, featuring such a powerplant under the hood.
This brings a long history of V12 powerplants to an end. In 1987, BMW released their first road-going V12. Single overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder, and an innovative drive-by-wire electronic throttle characterized the naturally aspirated M70 V12 engine. The 295 horsepower V12’s easy thrust helped the original BMW 750iL become the benchmark by which all other luxury sedans of the time were judged.
Fast-forward to 2022 and the 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 under the hood of M760i models delivers 601 HP, pushing the luxobarge from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
As for the Final V12 models, they will be distinguished from regular 7 Series models thanks to a simple, bold ‘V12’ badge at the rear. Special 20-inch wheels will be painted in either Window Grey or Jet Black while the brake calipers behind them will be finished in either blue or black.
Inside the cabin you’ll find “THE FINAL V12” badges on the doorsills, the same motif being added to the engine cover under the hood. BMW Individual Piano Black Finish trims will be decorating the cabin while a console-mounted plaque will be reminding you that this is “1 of 12”.
The Final V12 will be offered only in a fully-equipped configuration, including absolutely everything the car has to offer. To make their vehicle a uniquely personal statement, customers may select from over eighty exterior colors and several tones of opulent Full Merino leather from BMW Individual.
Soon after the customer has taken delivery, they will receive a custom-built desk trophy to commemorate their specific vehicle, recognizing the special-order paint, leather, and vehicle identification number as one of The Final V12 vehicles.
If you’re thinking of buying one, you’ll have to wait for your turn. That’s because there are only 12 to be made and BMW said that customers who already bought a V12-powered 7 Series will have priority, being contacted by their local dealers first.