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This V-16 BMW Was Imagined to Slot Above the 7 Sequence. It By no means Did


Within the late Nineteen Eighties, BMW needed to push the envelope about what a flagship may very well be, deciding to construct a sedan bigger than the 7 Sequence. You’ve got in all probability heard of the “Goldfish” aka “Tremendous Seven” from 1988 with a V-16 engine, however a second automobile was assembled two years later. It has been saved secret for many years, till this month when it broke cowl on the Techno-Classica Essen.

We determined to ask BMW in regards to the elusive tremendous sedan since we solely had heard in regards to the earlier one-off. That includes an aluminum physique, the newer automobile was in-built 1990 and was identified internally because the 750iL V16 “Goldfish.” The person accountable for the design was Boyke Boyer, who additionally penned the E38 7 Sequence launched 4 years later, in 1994. That is why the automobile seems like a fusion between the E32 and E38.

On the coronary heart of the stately sedan was a 6.6-liter V-16 engine tailored from the “M70” V-12 put in within the 750i E32 that was on sale again then. Whereas the range-topping 7 Sequence made 296 hp, this prototype had a stout 348 hp at 5,000 rpm. Output was routed to the wheels through a five-speed computerized transmission, enabling an electronically restricted high pace of 155 mph. That made it slower than its predecessor, which maxed out at 174 mph.

Talking of the earlier Goldfish challenge seen under, that automobile had completely different technical specs. The monstrous V-16 featured considerably extra energy, at 402 hp. As well as, BMW’s engineers fitted a six-speed guide gearbox, proper earlier than the 8 Sequence E31 grew to become the primary V-12 manufacturing automobile with six gears.

In comparison with the unique V-16 automobile, the newer Goldfish had a smoother profile because it did away with the big fiberglass gills and air scoops on the rear fenders. The earlier automobile had them for the cooling system, which BMW moved to the rear since there was not sufficient room beneath the hood after becoming the huge engine. The engineers continued to work on the challenge, managing to resolve the packaging points for the 1990 prototype.

Apart from having an uncommon engine, the second of the Goldfish automobiles was additionally a lot larger than the 7 Sequence E32 of these days. At 214.5 inches lengthy, it was truly bigger than the current-generation mannequin. In comparison with the G70 on sale at the moment, it was barely narrower (at 74.8 inches) and decrease (at 59 inches).

BMW wasn’t the one German luxurious model to toy round with the thought of an engine larger than a V-12. Legend has it Mercedes labored on an 8.0-liter W-18 (sure, 18 cylinders) with 490 horsepower. It was reportedly deliberate for the W140 S-Class within the 800 SEL final model to fit above the 600 SEL, nevertheless it by no means occurred. It’s believed the three-pointed star additionally had a stronger spinoff with at the least 680 hp supposed for sports activities automobiles.

Mercedes apparently canceled the W-18 on the final minute earlier than reviving the challenge later within the Nineteen Nineties for an S80 AMG that by no means got here to fruition both. Years later, there was additionally some wild hypothesis a few twin-supercharged, 15-liter V-24 engine (yup, 24 cylinders) for the resurrected Maybach model with round 1,000 horsepower. It remained on the rumor stage within the 2000s.

BMW dropped the V-16 engine as properly except there are different secret automobiles we do not learn about. A brand new flagship above the 7 Sequence did not occur both since there was no want for it anymore. Rolls-Royce Motor Vehicles Restricted was created as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1998.

Quick ahead to the current day, BMW additionally owns Alpina, which is prone to be pushed upmarket to fit between the costliest BMWs and the “most cost-effective” Rolls-Royces.

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