The model brings two major premieres to BMW, the first V12 all-aluminum engine with Twin-Turbo technology and High Precision Injection, as well as the first eight-speed automatic transmission.

Developed as a completely-new engine from the ground up, the new V12 develops 400kW/544 HP at a maximum 5,250 rpm engine speed, with a maximum torque of 750 Nm at 1,500 rpm. The new BMW 760i and BMWLi come with an extended wheelbase by 14 cm at the rear.

Acceleration to 100 km/h comes in just 4.6 seconds, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 12.9 litres/100 kilometres on the new BMW 760i. In determining the cars' fuel consumption, BMW's engineers have already taken the stricter EU5 emission standard into account.

The new twelve-cylinder engine comes with 5,972 cc maintaining exactly the same cylinder volume as on the last-generation BMW V12.

Twin Power Technology and High Precision Injection are combined in the new BMW 760i and BMW 760Li mark the beginning of a generation shift in power transmission systems.

At the same time the 8-speed automatic transmission may be combined with hybrid drive, making it art of BMW’s Active Hybrid technology combining an 8-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor. This innovative drive concept will reach production in the first hybrid model in the BMW 7 Series later in 2009.