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BMW's 441kW twin-turbo V12 ultimate Seven Series

QUICK BARGE: It's the limo that cracks the 100mkh sprint in under four seconds while transporting you in palatial style. But should you sit in the front or the back?
QUICK BARGE: It's the limo that cracks the 100mkh sprint in under four seconds while transporting you in palatial style. But should you sit in the front or the back? www.daniel-kraus.com

YOU own a BMW 7 Series, so you want to ride in the back, right?

Well, not in this case. This is the luxo barge you'll want to experience from the driver's seat. How does a 441kW/800Nm twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 grab you, propelling this limo to 100kmh in 3.9 seconds and on to a top of 305kmh?

BMW calls it the M760Li xDrive - 'M' for M Performance, 'L' for long wheelbase and xDrive for all-wheel drive.

And it's not for poor people. BMW's current range topper is the 750Li with a comparatively paltry 4.4-litre V8 costing $312,000 before on-roads, so we can speculate the M760Li xDrive would head north of $400,000, sending it into Mercedes Maybach S 600 territory ($448,610), surely its most obvious rival.

2016 BMW M760Li xDrive. Photo: Contributed
2016 BMW M760Li xDrive. Photo: Contributed www.daniel-kraus.com

It may even nab sales from $595,000 Rolls-Royce Ghost shoppers. The big Rolls - BMW its parent company of course - also features the 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12, showing there's been some happy engine sharing here between the brands.

So, if be you a successful businessman, career criminal, Premier League soccer player or BMW-loving dictator, here's what your ultimate Seven Series offers.

An eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission features M Performance shift programs for sportier gear changes (because what self-respecting chauffeur doesn't like seeking out twisty canyon roads in Sir's 7 Series?), while Executive Drive Pro suspension is "a passport to dynamic sharpness and unbeatable ride comfort".

2016 BMW M760Li xDrive. Photo: Contributed
2016 BMW M760Li xDrive. Photo: Contributed

You score 20-inch alloys, 19-inch M Sport brakes (you have about 2.3-tonnes to stop in a hurry) and every active safety feature the Germans can dream up - including semi-automated driving. Meanwhile, inside are deep-pile floor mats, Alcantara headlining, exclusive Nappa leather trim and gesture control where hand movements control elements of your infotainment.

It wouldn't be a proper BMW without some cost options, however. Yep, you can up-spec these things further. A touch command panel in the rear centre armrest can be purchased, as can an Excellence option which does away with the M aero package and brings more subtle wheels but swathes of chrome for the air intake, kidney grille, exhaust exit surround and all other body trim elements (hello, Middle Eastern market).

The M760Li will be revealed at next month's Geneva Motor Show, alongside the more Greenie-appeasing 740e plug-in hybrid.

2016 BMW M760Li xDrive. Photo: Contributed
2016 BMW M760Li xDrive. Photo: Contributed www.daniel-kraus.com

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