2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls

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It was as the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive surged at triple-digit speed into a hairpin and pirouetted neatly, rather than rolling into a spectacular fireball, that I had cause to question the laws of physics. “Sports sedan” is an overused phrase these days, applied liberally and shamelessly to any four-door with 200+ horsepower and a set of fancy wheels, but BMW has brought its feistiest 7 Series to school us on just what it really means. And, while the $154,795 starting price might seem astonishing – for the same amount you could put a new 750i xDriveand a BMW M2 in your garage – it turns out the M760i is more than just the sum of its parts.

BMW is very clear that the M760i isn’t an M7. It sits at the top of the M Performance tree, the range of sports-focused cars that slots between the regular Series models and those with the legendary M badge. It’s a calculated decision, too: the M760i, BMW explained to me, is all about everyday usability, with no room to compromise on the luxury a 7 Series buyer is traditionally looking for, even as the performance is dialed up.

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