In just a few months, BMW will unveil the latest generation 7 Series. The car has already been leaked back in December, and despite the terrible quality photos, we had a chance to see what the design would look like.
BMW continues to test the new 7er and the top model, 760Li was recently spied at the Nurburgring race track. Under the hood, BMW continues to use the V12 6.6 liter engine (N74B66U1) that powers the Rolls Royce Ghost and Wraith. It will produce 600 horsepower but with slightly better fuel consumption.
The spy photos also highlight the design cues seen on the leaked images; elongated body lines, sleeker headlights connecting with the outer edge of the kidney grille, which are also sitting more upright than the outgoing F01/F02 model.
Running along the side profile is an L-shaped chrome bar which ends behind the wheel in a side breather form. On top models like the 750i and 760Li, BMW is offering larger than usual trapezoid-shaped exhaust pipes.
While the 7 Series is not expected to bring a revolutionary design, the technology in and outside the cabin is said to be exponentially more impressive than anything we have seen in a BMW so far. From the innovative keyfob to the redesigned iDrive and plethora of driving assistance features, the new 7 Series flagship will cater to an ever changing demographic that not only value the luxury and craftsmanship in the 7 Series but also the technology of the 21st century.
Some of the cool stuff that gets us excited are the wireless charging of smartphones inside the car, the gestures-based navigation, the synergy between the information displayed to the passenger and the driver, the self-parking via keyfob, laser lights and B&W Audio System.
BMW is not only giving the 7er the coolest gadgets and electronics, but also a revamped engine lineup. According to sources, the flagship sedan will be offered with four gasoline engines, one diesel and two hybrids. Most of those powerplants belong to the “B” series, the improved engine lineup that delivers more power and lower fuel consumption. A new 9-speed gearbox is also planned for the G11/G12 models.
The official world premiere is scheduled for the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.