Next generation BMW 7 Series is shaping up to the be not the only the most technological advanced 7 Series ever, but also one of the lightest modern super luxury sedans.
BMW has promised a severe diet for the G11/G12 7 Series. Just recently, BMW CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer confirmed hat 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 latest spy photos give us a closer look at the G12 7 Series, the long wheelbase version which was spotted in Munich. The spy photos also reveal some of the interior design.
Back on the lightweight topic. The carbon fiber reinforced plastics expertise developed with the BMW i sub-brand opens the doors to lighweight design and significant weight reductions.
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.
2016 BMW 7 Series is the first BMW after the i8 to also get optional laser headlights.
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.
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 all-wheel driveSpied in Dubai: 2016 BMW 7 Series will be available.