The next generation 2016 BMW 7 Series was spotted once again. Near Nurburgring, a reader of Bimmertoday has taken the time to closely photograph a G11 7 Series test mule. Still carrying some heavy camouflage, the 7er prototype reveals some interesting things.
First, there are two cameras back the interior mirror which along with the external cameras give the car a 360 degree view of the road. This is a clear indication of some advanced assistance systems which can also detect cross traffic and warn the driver.
If the current rumors are correct, the BMW 7 Series G11 will also have a system similar to the Mercedes’ Magic Body Control systems which detects and scans the road ahead so the adaptive suspension can be adjusted accordingly before driving through a pothole.
Earlier this year, we reported on BMW’s plans to launch a new rear-wheel drive platform by 2016. Dubbed “35up”, the new platform will debut alongside the next generation 7 Series.
The platform will be used for both rear-wheel drive and xDrive vehicles and mixes high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber.
BMW says the G11 BMW 7 Series will make use of modern materials with a lot of carbon fiber. The high-end limousine will set new luxury-class standards not only in terms of lightweight construction, but also in driving dynamics.
With the new G11/G12 platform, BMW managed to shed some weight off the previous 7 Series models.
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 : 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.
The 2016 BMW 7 Series will come with the latest and greatest gadgets from BMW R&D, including optional laser headlights.
Under the hood of the new BMW 7 Series we will find an economical four-cylinder engines, at least one model with plug-in hybrid drive and six-cylinder and V8 engines .The new drives are designed to provide unprecedented low, in this class, CO2 emissions. A V12 6.0 liter might still be offered for the flagship 760Li.
The new BMW 7 Series will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the United States in late 2015 or early 2016.