2016 BMW 7 Series G11 Prepares for it’s Debut

The 2016 7 Series will mark the first time that BMW has brought its carbon fiber design and manufacturing processes to it’s series cars. It will also represent the first time that BMW has introduced a car that is noticeably lighter than it’s predecessor. How much lighter? We won’t know until the new 7er bows later this year. But here’s what we do know.

  • Optional laser lights outside the US
  • Will not be a full CF monocoque but will include CFRP in the hood, roof and trunk-lid along with liberal use of lightweight steel and plastic elsewhere.
  • Available in regular and long-wheelbase models with a super long wheelbase version eventually available.
  • Launching with six cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants along with an updated twin-turbo V8 and V12 in the US. Outside the uS expect four cylinder models for the first time.
  • Newest version of iDrive which may include motion controls.
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  • Herr26

    The 7er will start the ball rolling for lightweight applications to the core BMW portfolio amongst with other innovations. The load-weight bearing section and sections of the front structure are Carbon Fibre as are drivetrain components and body panels. The weight loss is significant especially when you compare to the equivalent Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse. BMW will make this a key headline when introducing the car. Especially when Mercedes say the next-S-Klasse will have all these light weight features just before the end of the decade. The 7er arrives in under twelve months.

    Features previewed in the Vision Future Luxury Concept such as the passenger display , augmented head-up display will be introduced in the new car. The Vision Future Luxury also provides an insight into the appearance not only of the 7er but future BMW models. With L-shaped headlights and extensive airflow sculpture in the lower bumpers. Rear lights retain an L-shape but become slimmer and longer and placed higher up across the boot lid.

    The Vision Future Luxury concept fulfils two roles. It previews the i8 like Carbon structure that will be introduced on the next Rolls-Royce Phantom and previews a world where the most exclusive customers want a more exclusive BMW. Currently on a world evaluation tour VFL has been shown to the most exclusive of customers across the globe in order to see if the BMW rebrand can be stretched into the high luxury segment. With other appearances scheduled for Europe BMW will make a final decision on the implementation of the 9er as a more bespoke offering above the 7er and aimed at the larger Maybach badged S-Klasses. The car is generating interest in Munich because of Mercedes’s decision to extend the S-Klasse in which a Maybach alongside an S400 will still look like a longer S-Klasse. Whereas a 9er would be distinguishable from a 7er as well as a Rolls-Royce. The prospect of having greater momentum between Rolls-Royce and BMW in the high luxury segment is driving the 9er to a production reality. Economies of scale in the same Carbon structure as the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the exclusiveness of the car itself meaning that the 9er would not be sold by every BMW dealer. Elevating BMW to these heights allows a greater momentum over its competitors in the high end of the luxury market.

    The 7er is also the lead in to the next 5er. Its load weight bearing section will be Carbon Fibre along with other minor elements contributing to a drop of 100 KG or a 520d at the same weight as a 320d. No Carbon body panels as it makes sense to bring these with the next M5 in which the bonnet , roof panel (optional) and tailgate will be fabricated from Carbon fibre. The overall appearance confirms to the new design language of L-shaped headlights and many features of the new 7er including twin displays to illustrate latest innovations of BMW ConnectedDrive. The 5er will be launched during BMWs 100th anniversary and will be very much a landmark car for the occasion as well as a landmark car like all 5er have been for BMW. Arch rival Mercedes will launch a new E-Klasse which will not even match the 5er in weight reduction. The serious advantage BMW has by implementing huge investment in the development and production of CFRP in house.

    • Spike

      Great info herr26. Thank you for sharing. The 7 – is or should be – the flagship of the brand but BMW has lost its way over recent times with the 7 and has allowed itself to lag behind the S Class. It is good to know that the next 7 will put itself back on top. Hmm at least until the 9 makes an appearance.

      At times with certain models the 7yr life cycles feels too long. I wonder if 5 1/2yrs would be work?

    • Ninong

      Thanks, Herr26. Can you tell us if there will be an M770i xDrive? If so, will it be a V8 or V12?