Photo Comparison: G11 7 Series vs. F01 7 Series

7-series | June 11th, 2015 by 18
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Comparing the design of the new G11 BMW 7 Series with its predecessor, the F01 7 Series. BMW has gone to great lengths to insure …

Comparing the design of the new G11 BMW 7 Series with its predecessor, the F01 7 Series.

BMW has gone to great lengths to insure that its newest 7 Series is as advanced, in terms of both luxury and technology, as possible. The entire car isn’t a design revolution, but rather an evolution of the previous model. Many elements have been developed rather cautiously and thus the new 7 Series has a quite familiar face, yet striking details such as the direct transfer of the headlights to the kidneys are giving the car a fresh look.

While the exterior of the car is more evolution than revolution over the previous design, it does look far better and more sorted. The G11 has a tighter and sportier look, and inspires more of a premium design than the F11 generation. The large kidney grilles are front and center and display an air of power and opulence, while the signature Hofmeister Kink is more prominent than ever.

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The hood is also lower and leaner, giving the new 7er a more aggressive and sporting look. On the side, we notice an air breather with a strip of either chrome or black which runs the length of the bottom of the doors.


The interior looks familiar to BMW fans, yet the new BMW 7 Series has evolved significantly. The most noticeable change can be seen with the detached executed infotainment display. With a lovely array of leather, wood and aluminum, the new 7 Series’ interior has a bright, comfortable and airy feel to it. There’s a new iDrive system, version 5.0, which utilizes touchscreen inputs as well as Gesture Control. In our opinion, the interior is years ahead of the F11 7er.

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The new 7 Series is more about advanced technology and has a more modern feel; the driving experience is also touted to have been highly improved, and in August we will be able to tell you which one is a better car.

18 responses to “Photo Comparison: G11 7 Series vs. F01 7 Series”

  1. Jean says:

    Wow, hard to tell if the new one is a complete new model generation and not a facelift. Looks quite boring to me, especially the hokey-stick on the side looks annoying and cheap to me. I miss Chris Bangle, BMW is becoming the new Audi in design terms.

    • Billy The Hillbilly says:

      well, this is subjective, right? But on a facelift you go for redesigned headlamps and backlights, add a bit more aggressivity to the front bumper maybe, remove the worst of the technical flaws and that’s it! I never noticed you would go for a whole new interior when faceliftin the car, or make the doors look different. But you are also right, that you can find on a few lines on the new car that are VERY similar to the ones from the previous model and that are bringing the F01 right back. Why is that? Don’t really know, you have to ask Mr. Hooydonk.

      • Jean says:

        I agree with you, its of course subjective. Its not a facelift, sure, but the design change is quite humble with this one. But dont get me wrong, the car doesnt look bad by any means, but its nothing special either. Maybe it will look better in real life.

    • Giom says:

      Facelift, really? All new chassis, state of the art light weight construction… all new dimensions, actually, new everything. I suppose you have to read to know these things… and have your eyes tested. They’re obviously very bad!

      • Jean says:

        I was writing about the looks of the 7er and its just my humble opinion. I dont doubt that this new 7er will be a great car with cool new technologies implemented, I just think the exterior design of BMW is becoming a bit boring when I compare the changes in the looks of the last 7er models (E38, E65, F01) – they always looked completely new and more fresh to me. I have the feeling that BMW is afraid to be more creative with their design (except the i-models, which look great and futuristic) so they do it like Audi does already for years – just dont stick out of the crowd and flow with the mainstream.

        No need to take it personal Giom, chill out.

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    To me it ressemble like the old one as much as a the others do. Search for W221 vs W222, the old Quattroporte vs the new one, old XJ vs new one, and D4 vs D5 A8.
    The 7, S and Quattroporte are those which look the more different from their old version, Quattroporte having a win there. S-Class and G1x 7 it’s a tie. When you look, the S-Class actually does look like a more modern W221.
    The Interior ? This new G1x 7 series make the F0x one look like a 3 series.

    • IceDree says:

      I agree.
      Its a very conservative segment (design wise) & they must be very careful… That’s why they go for evolutionary design instead of revolutionary… No one wants the back fire of the Bangle 7 (I love that car)

      • Billy The Hillbilly says:

        In fact – if I remember that right – they made the e65 to look like the way it does b/c they could, they took an explanation that their customers weren’t so conservative and they could risk to do a little experiment. Notice, that the e90 is all completely normal looking w/o any Bangle butts, flaming surfaces or lines going from nowhere to nowhere, b/c they couldn’t take the risk of losing a customer b/c of the looks in a crapmed segment w/ a car that makes most of the sales for them.

        • IceDree says:

          With the E66, it didn’t matter because they weren’t the segment leaders & had to share the leftovers with the A8 … They took the risk & shocked the industry.
          Not only they dethroned the S … But also managed to sell every single E38 they had in stock.

          With the E90, they already owned segment & couldn’t take unnecessary risk … Come to think of it, they did the same thing with the current 3er & the competition took that as an opportunity…. They have to come up with something perfect next time

          • Billy The Hillbilly says:

            Well.. but they still are not the segment leaders (altough they definitelly stepped up to the game), are they? But – are you really pitching me the idea that the e38 7er wasn’t that much of a sale success? I don’t know anything about that period and I’m too lazy to search up some numbers, but I was always perceiving that car as successful in its segment. Hell, sometimes I feel like I have to buy one even today, heard the 750i pulls like a devil xD.

            The current 3er seems to me as styled risky enough – it came as a first car of such design family and definitely was a big surprise to me, just came out of nowhere with those aggressive headlamps. Seems to be the other way around this time, eh? But, could you, please, elaborate this idea “Come to think of it, they did the same thing with the current 3er & the competition took that as an opportunity” a bit more? I am curious what is hiding behind that thought, as I’m not awared of such thing. Much thanks.

          • IceDree says:

            Oh no, the contrary, The e38 sold well … But when BMW announced the e66 in 2001… A lot of people were put off by the Revolutionary Design & ended up buying 2001 e38s … It had a big spike in its sales (due to the negative reaction from the e66) … Despite the negative reaction, the e65 became the first & only 7er to outsell an S class (w220).

            The e38 was one helluva car though, my father had a 730i … I still remember the first time I drove … Also happened to be my first time driving a V8, got grounded for a month lol!

            Regarding the 3er, what I meant to say is BMW has been the segment leader & the benchmark for years, Maybe even decades & they kinda got lazy (or took the easy route) when they developed the current 3er … From what I read, the current one doesn’t handle as well as the E90 or the one before it, cheap materials & not as well built … Basically built to a budget instead of a standard.

            Which gave the competition to catch up or even pass it. The Cadillac ATS out handle it (they say the Jaguar XE as well)
            … The new C sat a new benchmark for luxury in this segment.

            BMW better take notes & bounce back with the next onem

    • joseph_rma says:

      Kaisuke for President :D

  3. IceDree says:

    You can still trace the F0x on the new G11, the silhouette & C-Pillar are very similar …

    I love the new 7, much better looking than the F0x & looks more like a proper successor to E66.

  4. Stephen Garrett says:

    I just don’t feel like they did enough with the car.

  5. Mike says:

    This is a great time to purchase the outgoing model pre-owned because you know the new model looks so similar that it won’t make the previous gen look outdated.

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