BMW will appease full-size performance sedan buyers with a 7 Series M version

BMW-7-Series_2016_front angle
BMW has not been shy about injecting new models into its lineup, and new versions of those models, and new packages for those versions of those models, yet the German automaker shows some restraint when it comes to applying the coveted “M” badge to vehicles.

BMW, like many luxury performance manufacturers, has developed a mid-level performance category called the “M Performance” line, that adds suspension, braking, and power upgrades to most of its products without going “full-M” on them. Mercedes-Benz has its AMG-Sport designation, Jaguar is working on an “SV” category, and Audi has its long-established “S” range.

Currently, Bavaria’s carmaker sells the M3, M4, X5M, X6M, and is working on the M2. That’s a decent range of M products, but some who are in the market for the 2016 7 Series are looking for a top-dog M7. Unfortunately for them, BMW has been clear that it doesn’t plan to build such a model, but now it appears an M Performance version is on the way.

The new 7 Series debuts with two engine options: a turbocharged inline six-cylinder that develops 320 horsepower, and a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 445 hp at its disposal. Also in the works is a new 760i with a twin-turbo V12, a six-cylinder hybrid, and a 600 horsepower Alpina B7.

The proposed 7 Series M Performance would likely be based on the V8-powered car, but with a significant power upgrade, suspension tweaks, a unique body kit, a thicker steering wheel, distinctive interior trim and stronger brakes. The power boost could come from a small electric motor to provide instant torque similar to high performance sports cars like the McLaren P1.

Audi’s 520 horsepower S8, Jaguar’s 550 hp XJR, and Mercedes Benz’s 577 hp S63 AMG will be waiting for the BMW 7 Series M when it debuts sometime next year.


Jaguar can take the next F-Type in one of two completely different directions

Jaguar needs to decide what the future has in store for the F-Type. Its options include turning the next-generation model into an electric car aimed at the Tesla Roadster or pelting it into the ring with a twin-turbocharged V8 from BMW.

Born to run (forever): The most reliable cars you can buy right now

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available.

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.

Where are you going this weekend? These 5 off-road vehicles say 'anywhere'

The body-on-frame SUV is going extinct, but there are still several options for buyers looking to skip the asphalt. To help you sort the good from the bad, we've rounded up the best off-roaders currently available.

Uber rolls out rewards program that lets its most loyal riders lock in prices

Uber launched a new loyalty program today called Uber Rewards. It offers frequent riders credits to Uber Eats, car upgrades, and the ability to lock in prices on their most traveled routes.

The world’s first 3D-printed titanium wheels are so intricate they look fake

HRE Performance Wheels and GE Additive have teamed up to create the world's first 3D-printed titanium wheels. They are not only impressively durable, but extremely lightweight as well.

Fisker failed. But now the EV pioneer is ready for an epic redo

Henrik Fisker has already had a career most executives can only dream about. He designed the BMZ Z8, a couple of Aston Martins, and his own Fisker Karma. But he’s got a plan to disrupt the auto industry, forged by lessons learned over the…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Smarter cities need smarter addresses. And you just need 3 words

To make really smart transportation choices, more precise location data will have to be integrated with citywide transportation data. Here’s how one company is mapping the world by using just three words.

Lamborghini transforms the Urus SUV into a dual-purpose race car

Breaking stereotypes and tradition, Lamborghini has turned the Urus SUV into a race car that's equally at home on a paved track and on a dirt trail. The ST-X concept gets bigger air intakes, a full roll cage, and center-locking alloy…

Jaguar’s V2X technology will keep you from getting stuck at red lights

Jaguar wants to make sure you never have to rush through a yellow light again. The carmaker is building tools that will tell you what speed you'll need to drive to avoid getting stuck at a red light.

Drool over Lamborghini’s latest dream machine: The one-off SC18

The Lamborghini SC18 was built by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing department at the request of a customer. Based on the Lamborghini Aventador, it features upgraded aerodynamic aids and reduced weight.

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn ousted, arrested after whistleblower cries foul

Nissan will oust chairman Carlos Ghosn after an internal investigation revealed he underreported his salary to Japan's financial authorities for years. Greg Kelly, one of Nissan's representative directors, will leave for the same reason.

Tesla owners will soon be able to summon a repair van in a few taps

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out plans to expand the Tesla mobile app so Tesla owners can request on-demand service for common problems from Tesla Ranger mobile service vehicles in just a few taps.