The 2016 BMW 7 Series reshuffles the cards in the luxury class: The luxury sedan from Munich takes aim at both the Mercedes S-Class and the Audi A8.
The new 7 Series brings its A-game to this segment with a Carbon Core lightweight construction which lowers the weight by 130 kilograms compares with the previous generation, therefore making it by far the lightest luxury sedan in Germany.
With its low weight, the new BMW 7 Series generation lays the foundation for agile handling and lower fuel consumption, while also bringing the latest infotainment technology to market. New assistance systems and electronic aids, such as the BMW Display Key with Remote Control Parking underscore the leadership of the new BMW 7 Series.
BMW’s new 730d weighs in at 1,830 kilograms, including 75 kg for driver and luggage. Both the Audi A8 3.0 TDI quattro ultra as well Mercedes S350d have a weight of 1955 kg. At the high-end of the class, the 750i xDrive has a weight of 1945 kg, 50 kilos less than the Audi A8 4.0 TFSI quattro. The Mercedes S500 4Matic give the Swabians a curb weight of 2050 kilograms.
Thanks to new or revised engines, the consumption of the BMW 7 Series G11 is more than impressive: With an EU consumption from 4.5 to 4.9 liters, the new BMW 730d undercuts its competitors significantly. The comparable Mercedes S350 D consumes under identical conditions from 5.5 to 6.1 liters while the Audi A8 3.0 TDI quattro ultra requires 5.7 liters.
As always, we have put together a photo comparison showing the three luxury sedans from all possible angles.