The next generation 2015 BMW 7 Series was spied on video during the usual testing trials.
With the new G11 platform, BMW aims to shed some weight off the 7 Series when compared to the current F01/F02 models. In a previous interview, R&D chief Herbert Diess calls the new 7 Series the most technically advanced car in BMW’s history.
The G11 7 Series’ structure would probably feature a mix of materials, with the carbon fiber parts being added to the aluminum and steel used in today’s car. The roof, bonnet and bootlid are most likely to be made from CFRP. The magazine comes to confirm our own findings as well.
Rendering 2015 BMW 7 Series
Furthermore, sources say that the weight savings will be significant for the base 740i model, dramatically below the 1900kg kerb weight and and potentially even the 1670kg of the current entry-level 5 Series. Without a doubt that if these figures are achieved, the new 7 Series will be one of the most dynamic luxury sedans in the segment, but we believe the numbers are slightly ambitious.
Judging by the spy photos seen recently, the new 2015 BMW 7 Series will retain the same dimensions, about 5010mm long, 1815mm wide and 1425mm tall.
Under the hood it will receive a wide array of six-cylinder, V8 and V12 mills, along with inline-six diesels. Also in the works is a plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric model. The same source says a new nine-speed ZF automatic transmission will be offered as standard, while rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available.