In 2015, BMW plans to replace the current generation 7 Series. Prototypes are starting to hit the roads for their comprehensive testing sessions and we have a first look at one of those test mules.
Built under the codename G11, the heavily camouflaged 7 Series gives us a look at the overall proportions, while the fine design details are still hidden underneath fake body panels and funky camo tape. Some design changes are expected at the front end where the new 7 Series might feature a sleeker fascia with a redesigned kidney grille and headlights. In an interview last year, former BMW head of research and development, Dr. Klaus Draeger said that carbon fiber will plan an important role in the development of the next generation 7 Series. In addition to CFRP, high-strength steel and aluminum mix will be used for the chassis development.
Draeger said the new 7 Series’ structure would probably feature a mix of materials, with the carbon fiber parts being added to the aluminum and steel used in today’s car. The roof, bonnet and bootlid are most likely to be made from CFRP.
While BMW will continue to offer the 7 Series with both petrol and gasoline powerplants, rumormill churns out that a 7 Series M Performance Automobile is in works also. The high-performance 7 Series will be labeled M700i xDrive and might be heading to the U.S. in 2015. The 7 Series M Performance Automobile will likely feature the V8 Twin-Turbo 4.0 liter engine producing around 475 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. While the M770i xDrive is geared towards customers asking for a high-performance and sporty 7 Series, the M-like car will be underpowered when compared to the V12 760Li which outputs 570 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque.
The engine could be paired with the new ZF 9-speed automatic transmission.
As we enter spring, we expect to see more 7 Series prototypes on the road, and hopefully with less camouflage.[Photo: GMotors]