It’s hard to believe BMW’s V-12 engine is officially old enough to have its insurance rates lowered. That’s right: It’s 25 years old.
Debuting in 1987, the first V-12 BMW 7 Series had a 5.0-liter engine with 295 horsepower. It served as a range-topper, allowing buyers to pick from exclusive features like inlayed wood trim, finer grains of leather, and rare add-ons like a built-in refrigerator and car phone. Besides its “750i” or “750iL” badge on the back, the V-12 7 Series was fairly inconspicuous, an executive touring machine in a time when “99 percent” was a handsoap slogan, not a social movement.
But that was then. Over the last 25 years, the V-12-powered 7 Series, now called the 760Li, has grown a bit. It’s also added some power, sporting 535 horsepower from a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 engine. And now it has a special edition to commemorate the occasion of ostentatiousness, flanked on nearly every surface with V-12 badging.
Called the 760Li 25th Anniversary Edition, the new car comes in at $159,695, including destination and handling. That’s nearly $20,000 more than a “base” 760Li, but it also has plenty of features to justify the price. The special edition features full Merino leather from the BMW Individual catalog, finished in Champagne with black piping. It also comes with special floor mats, iDrive controllers, and door sills badged with “V-12 25 Years Edition.”
Additionally, it comes with rear iDrive controllers, 20-inch wheels, an Alcantara headliner, all interior pillars covered in black leather, BMW Individual piano black wood trim, and shadow line exterior trim around the windows.
And if you’re simply not satisfied with all those, BMW still has plenty of options available for its flagship sedan, like the M Sport package, which is not offered with the Individual trim in any other configuration.
Because the V-12 was offered a year earlier in Europe, this special edition is exclusive to North America. And because no one wants to be seen in the same vehicle as their neighbor, BMW has limited the “V-12 25 Years” edition of the 2013 BMW 760Li to just 15 cars. Get yours while you can.