The next generation G11/G12 2016 BMW 7 Series was spotted in Dubai. Just recently, BMW CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer confirmed now that the G11 BMW 7 Series will make use of modern materials with a lot of carbon fiber. At the same time, the new BMW 7 Series will set new luxury-class standards not only in terms of lightweight construction, but also in driving dynamics.
The carbon fiber reinforced plastics expertise developed with the BMW i sub-brand opens the doors to lighweight design and significant weight reductions.
With the new G11/G12 platform, BMW managed to shed some weight off the 7 Series. The weight of the base 740i model is said to dramatically drop below the 1900kg kerb weight. The new 2016 BMW 7 Series features a mix of materials that allow for considerable weight savings: carbon fiber parts were 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 the current F01/F02 generation is offered with a short and long wheelbase, the new advanced G11 may come with an “extra-long” version.
The prototype shown here still sports the typical heavy camouflage that hides the design lines and we won’t expect to see a clear image of the design vision until early next year.
Under the hood it will receive a wide array of six-cylinder, V8 and V12 mills, along with inline-six diesels. Also in the works is a plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric model. The same source says a new nine-speed ZF automatic transmission will be offered as standard, while rear-wheel drive and will be available.
Rendering 2016 BMW 7 Series
The 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.
Design wise, BMW is taking an evolutionary approach with the styling of its next 7 Series. The trunk lid looks to be different and up front the hood and grille appear to sit lower. The headlights feature a more slicker design while the rear lights seem to be smaller in size. The C-pillar is also likely to be hiding a revised version of BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink.