Less than one year after the LCI facelift update for the current F01 7 Series, the next generation 2016 7 Series (chassis code G11) has just begun testing!
Carbon Fiber / Aluminum Construction
The most anticipated aspect of the G11 7 Series is that will feature the latest in BMW construction technology – namely, an exotic mix of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) and aluminum which will be used heavily throughout the car’s key areas – platform, structure and body panels. The G11 will represent the first mainstream BMW model to feature carbon fiber as a key material (after the niche i3 and i8 models). This was previously confirmed by BMW R&D chief Klaus Draeger.
With gas prices ever rising, emissions requirements becoming more stringent by the year, … CONTINUED
We’ve spied an advanced 7 Series LCI facelift prototype and it’s looking like the reveal is coming in the very near future.
The refreshed 7 Series’ biggest change will be to the front fascia. Full LED headlights will come to the 7 series for the first time, with the turn signal lights now integrated into the eyebrow. We can now also make out a more aggressive lower bumper, with more pronounced and longer splitter fins on the lower lip, in an overall look similar to the BMW Concept 7 Active Hybrid from 2008.
The Kidney grilles receive a thicker and more pronounced grille surround and the side mirrors now incorporate side indicator lights.
The interior does not show too many cosmetic changes. What we see is that the trim … CONTINUED
The F01 7-series is due for a facelift and the prototypes continue to undergo public testing.
Expect the F01 7-series LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) to be unveiled next Spring. The biggest changes to be seen will be to the front fascia. Full LED headlights will come to the 7 series for the first time. Underneath the camouflage tape, the bumper directly underneath the headlights will transition to the lower part of the kidney grilles with a more pronounced ‘swoop’ line (not pictured in render). The lower bumper will take on the attractive look of the BMW Concept 7 Active Hybrid from 2008.
The Kidney grilles will receive a thicker and more pronounced grille surround and thicker angled kidney grille bars found on some 6 series and 5 series … CONTINUED
The ActiveHybrid 7 was just spotted in an attractive blue color with black wheels. Reports are that the very first Activehybrid 7-series cars will be delivered to celebrities, ahead of deliveries to public customers in the Spring. We could possibly be looking at one of these first cars to be delivered.
Pics courtesy of Christian Wimmer.
This BMW 7-series hybrid prototype test car arrived in Death Valley last night to begin hot weather testing, in what is likely one of the final phases of testing.
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7Post member raceyBMW has spotted an Alpina B7 on the highest road in all of north america wearing manufacturer plates. This car is presumably undergoing some sort of testing or maybee just a BMW exective on a nice road trip
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BMWs M-Sport 7 Series is making the rounds in Germany and is expected to arrive at the Frankfurt Autoshow later this year
Here are the clearest photos yet of the 7-series which has been speculated as an M7, an activehybrid or an m-sport 7-series.
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