BMW 7 Series (E32) got a V16 engine … it’s in the trunkNovember 4, 2019
In the last century, BMW engineers created an unusual version of the 7 Series executive sedan. The car received a highly modernized V12 engine, as well as a cooling system, which had to be installed in the luggage compartment.
There was a time when environmental norms and standards for the amount of emissions were not the important restriction that automakers should bypass for “three miles”. Companies created their truly monstrous models without any restrictions. The 70s and 80s of the last century were the era when we saw unique automobile projects with an incredible amount of horsepower, engine displacement, and also a very formidable and loud roar.
In 1987, BMW had plans to create the most TOP version of the 7 Series sedan (E32) based on the 750i. The goal was to create a luxurious full-size car in which a very powerful engine was installed.
Called the “Golden Fish” or “Secret Seven”, the future concept was to be fast and at the same time offer decent conditions of comfort in order to compete on equal terms with the executive sedan from a direct competitor to the Bavarians – Mercedes-Benz. Six months later, a working prototype of the Bavarian super-car was introduced, which used a significantly modified BMW M70 V12 engine – the engine received four additional cylinders. The result was a 6.7-liter V16 engine with reinforced and improved internal components, as well as a special engine management system that controlled two pairs of inline Eights. The 408-horsepower unit was connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. Such a car could accelerate to the first 100 kph in 6 seconds, and the maximum speed was 281 km / h.
This V16 engine was longer compared to the V12, which was under the hood of a regular 7 Series sedan, leaving no room for a cooling system. This meant that the entire cooling system was placed in the trunk, along with fiberglass gills and air scoops.
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