The 2016 BMW 7 Series was spied during a testing session in the beautiful Dubai. The G11/G22 7 Series will be unveiled in the second half of 2015 and will go on sale just a few months later.
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.
BMW executives call the 2016 7 Series as being the most technically advanced car in BMW’s history. In an interview back in 2012, former BMW head of research and development, Dr. Klaus Draeger said that carbon fiber will plan an important role in the development of the next generation 7 Series.
The new 2016 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.
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 drive will be available.
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.
Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2016 BMW 7-Series continues.