Next-gen BMW 7-Series grabbed on camera for second time

2015 / 2016 BMW 7-Series spy photo  / Automedia
2015 / 2016 BMW 7-Series spy photo / Automedia

Out in 2015 or 2016

The next generation of the BMW 7-Series has returned for a second round of spy shots.

If it won't be out towards the end of 2015, it means the Bavarian company will launch it in early 2016. BMW's flagship model is reportedly known as the G11 and will probably feature an evolutionary design. Don't judge the car's looks by these spy photos as some of the body panels are taken from the current 7-Series, including the rear bumper.

The front of the car shows a slightly lower hood and grille, while the trunk lid appears to be different as well. It is believed the next-gen 7-Series will benefit from a lightweight architecture encompassing carbon fiber and aluminum which could result in a loss of 204 kg (450 lbs). Aside from the weight drop, engines will be more fuel efficient while the array of Efficient Dynamics technologies will be expanded.

In terms of engine lineup, the 2015/2016 BMW 7-Series is rumored to come with a 4-cylinder engine producing 260 bhp (194 kW), a 6-cylinder mill with 340 bhp (254 kW) and a V8 generating 460 bhp (343 kW) - all turbocharged and with direct injection. Various reports are indicating an M770i xDrive variant will have a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter churning around 475 bhp (354 kW) and 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of torque. A plug-in hybrid variant is also in the pipeline, while the future of a V12-powered version is uncertain.

Some type of autonomous technology will be available for the next 7-Series since BMW teamed up with Continental for developing this type of tech. They are also collaborating with Harman for boosting in-car connectivity which means the new model will probably offer 3D maps with real-time traffic and weather updates, along with downloadable applications, Wi-Fi capabilities and better voice activation features.

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Garais877 Garais877
twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter churning around 475 bhp??? I think I just have read that 2016 RS5 will come with TTV6 and same 475bhp!!!
Mar 27th, 2013 2:22pm
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The M770 and 750 have 15 hp defference!
Mar 26th, 2013 7:59pm
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alamak alamak
@Ratt - I couldn't agree with you more. Even though the S-Class and the 7-Series compete against each other, but you can always tell the difference b/w the MB and the 7-series driver. The MB is always elegant and classy, the 7 is more of a big sporty cruiser. One is not technically better than the other, but I think it all comes down to preference and what you look for in your car. I personally would take the BMW but not because MB are bad cars, but I just prefer a more sporty ride. Just like I would pick a Honda or Mazda over a Toyota.
Mar 26th, 2013 6:29pm
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
Hit the nail on the head. One is designed to be sporty, the other luxury. I still don't get why sometimes people refer to the S-Class as better than the 7 series when each one has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Mar 26th, 2013 8:53pm
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
In this segment, it's S-class or bust
Mar 26th, 2013 6:13pm
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AstonMartin AstonMartin
@ Rotaermel - Agreed, based upon the current design language of existing models (esp the 6 series) - I can't see an evolutionary design of the 7 Series competing with the upcoming Mercedes Class on any level (ext/int/tech/engines/performance). The new S Class is so graceful in design and packs not only an overwhelming amount of safety & luxury technology but potent engine selections. I love BMW's however it would take a revolutionary 7 series model change (think design assistance from sister company RR) to trump Mercedes upcoming flagship. The Concept CS made a strong statement for its time and should have been created as the 7 or even 8 Series that following year though even its design now wouldn't help the next 7 considering final designs were likely signed off on years ago.
Mar 26th, 2013 4:52pm
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hunker7 hunker7
I hope design will be something completely new and unique. But can't wait to see this, as current 7 series is quite boring looking.
Mar 26th, 2013 4:35pm
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Rotaermel Rotaermel
Is there any aspect in which the new S-class will probably be not better than the new 7 series? More variants, more technologies, more powerful models (S600 and two AMG variants whereas there probably won't even be a M7... 475 hp is not impressive anymore)...
Mar 26th, 2013 3:56pm
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Ratt Ratt
Those are all brilliant cars, to each his own.
Mar 26th, 2013 5:22pm
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
cant wait. 2013 750Li is just an amazing machine to drive. looking forward to see what theyre upto
Mar 26th, 2013 3:52pm
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