The next-generation G11 2016 BMW 7 Series was spotted independently in Italy and at the Nurburgring. The test mule saw in Italy between Alessandria and Asti is clearly identified as “Hybrid Test Vehicle” – that’s not a surprise, but it confirms the logical conclusion that practically all upcoming BMW models will come as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid on the market.
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Just last month, BMW CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer confirmed now that the G11 BMW 7 Series will make use of modern materials with a lot of carbon fiber. So the new BMW 7 Series 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 7 Series. 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.
BMW will unveil the G11/G12 models in 2015.