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600-horsepower BMW M7 coming in 2016?

BMW might have finally decided to take on the Audi S8 and the Mercedes\' AMG-massaged S-Classes.

German media outlets are reporting that BMW's long-rumored M7 has been given the green light for production after all. The hot-rodded 7 Series will be introduced at a major auto show in 2016.

Power for the M7 will come from an evolution of the next-gen 760i's Rolls-Royce-sourced 6.6-liter V12 engine that will be tuned to churn out at least 600 ponies. The 12-cylinder will be bolted to an automatic transmission, but at this point it's too early to tell if the M7 will be rear- or all-wheel drive.

The extra power will be complemented by a sport exhaust system similar to the one found on the M5, a lowered and stiffened suspension and beefier brakes on all four corners. Visually, the M7 will gain a deeper front bumper fitted with a splitter and large air dams that will direct cold air to the engine bay, side skirts and an air diffuser out back. Additional carbon fiber components will help keep weight in check, while large multi-spoke alloy wheels will add a finishing touch to the track-inspired look.

The next-gen 7 Series will be presented to the public next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the M7 debut in a little under a year at the 2016 edition of the Geneva Motor Show. If that's the case, the sedan will go on sale late next year with a base price of approximately €140,000, a sum that converts to about $154,000.

On-again, off-againBMW has previously made it clear that it doesn't want to build a M7 because it believes the 7 Series is too big to hit the track and because tuner Alpina already offers a more powerful version of the big sedan called B7, but the company appears to have changed its mind. The market for an insanely powerful limousine is certainly there. Mercedes-Benz offers two AMG-tuned variants of the S-Class, Audi sells the S8 and now Cadillac is said to be considering developing a sport-focused V-badged version of the new CT6.

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