2016 Geneva Motor Show : BMW Unveils M760Li, Alpina B7 & i8 Protonic Red
New BMW M760Li xDrive has made its global public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The German luxury automaker’s podium was also graced by the likes of 740e Hybrid, all-new Alpina B7, M2 coupe and i8 Protonic Red Edition, which also mark their first public appearance. For those wondering, the BMW 740e hybrid is the plug-in hybrid derivative of the company’s flagship 7-Series saloon, while the i8 Protonic Red is a special-edition model, highlighting the success of the hybrid supercar.
BMW M760Li xDrive is the new flagship variant of the 7 Series model range. It comes loaded with a 6.6L M Performance TwinPower Turbo V12 engine which belts out a massive 600bhp of power and 800Nm of torque. It is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which transfers the power to all the four wheels via BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The new sedan does a 0-100kmph sprint in just 3.7 seconds, while having a top speed of 250kmph.
The interior cabin boasts of electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, M leather three-spoke steering wheel, and paddle shifters with M logo. It rides on 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels. Speaking of BMW M2, it made its global debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It packs a 3.0L 6-cylinder motor under the bonnet, which churns out 370bhp and 465Nm. It is married to a 6-speed manual gearbox and does a 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds before topping out at 250kmph.
Talking about the all-new Alpina B7, it is based on the new 7 Series saloon. It carries a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, which is sourced from the B5. The engine develops 600bhp and 800Nm, while being coupled with an 8-speed Sport automatic transmission with Alpina Switch-Tronic and all-wheel drive system.
Moving to the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition, it would be available from July onwards for a limited duration, while being manufactured in Leipzig. The special edition comes with a couple of visual change in form of Protonic Red paint finish and W-spoke 470 light-alloy wheels. Mechanically, the i8 Protonic Red Edition is unchanged and carries the same engine as the standard i8 supercar. Currently, the pricing of the special edition model is not announced and it is also not known that whether it would be heading to India or not.