The new 2016 BMW 7 Series makes its world debut today. The brand’s flagship is in its sixth generation and aims to set a new benchmark in the segment with its lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort and luxury features, intelligent connectivity and extensive cabin tech.

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The all-new BMW 7 Series will be introduced in the US as a 740i and a 750i xDrive model; the company has yet to say if other models will follow. The European market will also get at launch time the 730d and 730Ld models, both with a rear-wheel drive setup or all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid 740Le is also part of the official press release.

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BMW’s flagship features new technologies such as Gesture Control, Wireless Charging, the standalone option of the Display Key, Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, anti-dazzle BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam, Driving Assistant, among many others. An Active Kidney Grille will also be available for the first time in the US.

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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 2016 7 Series has undergone a massive weight reduction, with BMW utilizing high-end materials, such as aluminum, magnesium and CFRP, as much as possible. The savings are up to 130 kg (286 lbs).

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The whole car looks tighter and crisper. The large kidney grilles are front and center and display an air of power and opulence as the full LED headlights seem to flow out of them. The hood is also lower and leaner, giving the new 7er a more aggressive and sporting look.

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Where the old one looked rather large and bloated, this new 7er’s rear end looks slimmer with a nice silhouette. It’s much tighter and leaner than before and its full LED taillights have been slimmed down.

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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.

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The gauge cluster has been replaced with a 12.3” screen, displaying different gauges while in different Driving Modes. There is also an all-new graphic Head-Up Display, which can display road speed, turn-by-turn navigation. Everything within arms reach is covered in either leather, beautifully finished wood or aluminum.

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The rear seats get a wide array of climate and seating controls via a touchscreen display built into the armrest. 2016-bmw-7-series-interior-images-1900x1200-07

Overall, the entire car isn’t a design revolution, but it’s a great evolution over the previous design and one that will hold its own with the S-Class from Stuttgart.

The 2016 BMW 7 Series will arrive in the US showrooms in the fall of 2015. The MSRP for the BMW 740i will be $81,300 and the BMW 750i xDrive will be $97,400 (prices do not include Destination and Handling).

The all-new BMW 7 Series

740i750i xDrive
Body
Seats55
Number of Doors44
Vehicle lengthinch206.6206.6
Vehicle widthinch74.974.9
Width including mirrorsinch85.485.4
Vehicle heightinch58.258.2
Wheelbaseinch126.4126.4
Overhang frontinch3535
Rear overhanginch45.245.2
Ground clearanceinch5.35.3
Turning circleft4242.3
Legroom frontinch41.441.4
Legroom 2nd rowinch44.444.4
Shoulder room frontinch59.259.2
Shoulder room rearinch57.757.7
Headroom front with Moonroofinch39.939.9
Maximum headroom 2st row with Moonroofinch38.938.9
Trunk volume (SAE)ft³18.218.2
US Tank capacity [gallons]gal20.620.6
Rear Weight distribution (empty car)%48.445.7
US Curb weight [lbs]lbs42254610
US Gross vehicle weightlbs54505870
US Payloadlbs960960
US Axle load limit of the frontlbs25852900
US Axle load limit of the rearlbs30303140
Engine
Config/No of cyls/valvesin line/6/4V90/8/4
Fuel managementDME 8.6DME 8.8
Engine TechnologyBMW TwinPower TurboBMW TwinPower Turbo
Turbo TypeTwinscrollTwinscroll
Strokemm94.688.3
Boremm8289
Displacementcm³29984395
Compression rate:11110.5
Engine power [bHP]bHP320445
at rpm1/min5200-65005500-6000
Engine torquelb-ft330480
at rpm1/min13801800-4500
Emission classification (type-certified)ULEVULEV

 

740i750i xDrive
Transmission
Transmission type8HP508HP75
Gear ratios
1st55
2nd3.23.2
3rd2.1432.143
4th1.721.72
5th1.3141.313
6th11
7th0.8220.823
8th0.640.64
Reverse gear3.4563.478
Final drive ratio3.0772.813
Performance
Top speedmph130130
Top speed opt (mph)mph155155
0-60 mphs5.44.3
Suspension type frontdouble wishbone axledouble wishbone axle
Rear suspensionfive-link suspensionfive-link suspension
Steering typerack-and-pinionrack-and-pinion
Power-steeringEPSEPS
Steering transmission, overall:116.916.9
Front brakedisc ventilateddisc ventilated
Rear brakedisc ventilateddisc ventilated
Front tires245/50 R18245/45 R19
Front rims8J x 18 LM8,5J x 19 LM
Rear tires245/50 R18245/45 R19
Rear rims8J x 18 LM8,5J x 19 LM
Track front [inch]inch63.563.4
Rear track [inch]inch64.664.6
Cx0.270.28
Generator amperageA180250
Alternator outputW25203500
Battery Capacity (low voltage)Ah105105
System voltage (low voltage)V1212

 

Check out the full press release below and the extensive photo gallery.

2016 BMW 7 Series Factory

2016 BMW 7 Series M Sport Package

2016 BMW 750Li xDrive

2016 BMW 740Le

2016 BMW 7 Series Keyfob

BMW 7 Series Steering Wheel Design

2016 BMW 7 Series Sketches



2016 BMW 7 Series Wallpapers