Those honours, however, instead go to a limousine – the M760Li xDrive that marks the German car maker’s first attempt at a high-performance 7-Series in the model’s 40-year history.
Priced $140,000 above the 750i, from $419,000, it joins a niche-within-a-niche group containing elder statesmen such as the Mercedes-AMG S65, Audi S8, and Jaguar XJR.
And while there’s an M Performance-based badge rather than M7 on the bootlid, the M760Li still takes the chairman’s position on the acceleration board with a 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds.
All-wheel drive is key to that figure – and marks a milestone in Australia as the first BMW sedan to be sold that doesn’t solely drive the rear wheels.
The M760Li’s 448kW twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 is a further development of the old 760Li’s unit, now matching the capacity of the Rolls-Royce 12-cylinder with which it shares its technical base though modified components target greater response.
If initial lag when requesting a burst of acceleration isn’t ideal, in the car’s Comfort mode there’s a hushed civility to the way the V12 goes about its business that wouldn’t be entirely alien to owners of a Ghost or Dawn.
Combined with restrained wind and tyre noise, and a comfortable ride, the pacified cabin is a suitable match for an interior dressed more luxuriously than any other 7-Series: BMW Individual Merino leather for the upholstery and dashboard; Piano Black wood trim; high-pile floor mats; super-soft anthracite Alcantara roof-lining; Bowers & Wilkins 16-speaker 1400-watt audio.
BMW says 85 per cent of 7 Series buyers are owner-drivers, yet the rear seat still facilitates a grander experience via the Executive Rear Console, which divides the two outer seats, and the Executive Rear Seating, which brings pillowy-soft headrests and a front passenger seat that moves up to the dash and features a footrest to allow sir or madam to pop their feet up.