The next generation BMW 7 Series is on a world tour where it’s being presented to VIP customers ahead of its official unveil this summer. Despite the recent and older leaks, BMW continues to use its typical camouflage on the 7 Series prototypes.
These latest spy shots come from Nurburgring where BMW is testing the dynamics of the G11/G12 7er. The test mule shown here also features the M Sport Package and the long-wheelbase configuration.
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.
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). Next test drives are scheduled in August when we will be able to tell you all about the production version.