With just a few weeks left before its official unveil, the new 2016 BMW 7 Series continues its testing sessions. This latest prototype was spotted near Nurburgring wearing the usual camouflage hiding the fine details of the exterior design.
We’ve recently had the chance to drive the new 7 Series at Miramas and our driving impressions can be found here. Using an all-new EfficientLightweigh chassis, which uses an extensive amount of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) in the passenger cell and aluminum in the chassis, the new G11/G12 7 Series will weigh 130 kg (286 lbs) less than the previous generation.
Other updates include a new iDrive system with gestures, air suspension, safety features and autonomous functions. We put together an article describing all those new features of the 7 Series.
Despite the excellent technological innovations, the new G12 7 Series isn’t just about fancy tech. The G12 will be receiving an all new inline-six engine from BMW’s latest generation of engines. It will be a gasoline powered I6 with a twin-scroll turbocharger, aluminum crankcase, cylinder head and oil sump. The TwinPower turbo will use an indirect intercooler integrated into the intake manifold, along with High-Pressure Injection. The latest version of VALVETRONIC variable valve control and DOUBLE-VANOS variable camshaft control for intake and exhaust valves. The new I6 engine will have rapid engine response as well as increased power and efficiency. A four-cylinder petrol and diesel are also likely to appear, one of them scheduled for the Chinese market (BMW 725d and 730i).
Combine the added power with a much lower curb-weight, as-standard adjustable air suspension and impressive technology, and the G12 7 Series is shaping up to be a serious contender for the segment crown. The 7 Series will be able to strike an excellent balance between power, driving dynamics and luxury.