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.