2015 BMW 7-Series tackles the Nurburgring for the first time

2015 BMW 7-Series spy photo
2015 BMW 7-Series spy photo / SB-Medien

Promises to be lighter and more efficient than its predecessor

The 2015 BMW 7-Series has been spied undergoing testing on the Nürburgring for the first time.

Dressed in heavy camouflage, the prototype appears to have an evolutionary design with similar proportions to the outgoing model. While there isn't much to see, the car has a prominent grille, an upward sweeping beltline and a dual exhaust system.

Regardless of what it looks like, the redesigned 7-Series is expected to ride on a lightweight platform that uses aluminum, carbon fiber and steel. This could enable the sedan to weigh 204 kg (450 lbs) less than its predecessor.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but previous reports have indicated the model could be offered with a 260 bhp (194 kW) four-cylinder, a 340 bhp (254 kW) six-cylinder and a 460 bhp (343 kW) V8. We can also expect at least one plug-in hybrid variant and, possibly, a new M770i xDrive with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that has approximately 475 bhp (354 kW) and 480 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.

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When i look at a Rolls Royce Phantom i think "first class luxury and elegance". The 7 needs to give off that same impression when looked at.
Sep 25th, 2013 7:18pm
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bmw2002m bmw2002m
If they can make this car ride well (for bad roads) and give it soft cushion leather seats like you get in Mercedes cars then it will sell well. The target market don't want a firm set up as they are usually bought by the 45 upwards category which is all about comfort and refinement.
Sep 25th, 2013 5:07pm
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tom43 tom43
I don´t see your point...all the 7-series models, including the current F01 model, are well-known for their riding comfort with best-in-class suspension. Furthermore you have the choice of alternative leather types with softer or harder cushions.
Sep 25th, 2013 5:43pm
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bmw2002m bmw2002m
I'm not saying it rides badly however it is not near the level of ride quality as the s class. According to Autocar magazine, Top Gear magazine, Auto Express etc. they all seem to say the 7 series just lacks that edge that Mercedes is so famous for. Maybe it is the run flat tyres that makes the difference. Does the F01 have air suspension like the Merc? I don't think it does.
Sep 26th, 2013 12:40am
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benz_man benz_man
It doesnt have air suspension like Mercedes...BMW only put it on the Ghost. Although internally, many suggested making it available on the 760. BMW broke tradition by using an SLA front suspension on the F01 instead of their well-loved, dual lower-balljoint, McPherson strut arrangement. They were also the first to implement a Flexray (fiber-optic) network for the adaptive suspension, greatly surpassing the speed and bandwidth available over the previous CAN network. To maximize the newly available data transfer rates, they mounted dual accelerometers on each shock and control jounce and rebound separately, continuously (steplessly), at each wheel. The system is SO fast, with the help of the active anti-roll bars, bmw actually programmed the cars to anticipate turn-in and "dip" the front end into turns and "squat" the rear outside wheel on corner exit, in real-time! They move so naturally/fluidly, they convince most people there is no computer at work; that it is simply perfect mechanical balance. That being said, the systems achilles heel is hard, 4-wheel compression over small, high-frequency bumps (think: 9/10s around the Karussell). With so much compression, the steel springs are left to pick up the slack...and they simply cannot manage the silky smoothness of Mercedes' Airmatic. If the compression is significant enough, it will even cause the suspension to crash onto its bump-stops. Until BMW can increase its shock actuator range, its a small price many choose to pay in exchange for how well the cars "drive" vs how well an S-class "rides". The sad news (for BMW) is that Mercedes overhauled its Airmatic/ADS combo and Active Body Control for this new S and now run both over Flexray...they chose to implement Magic Body Control with the extra bandwidth.
Sep 26th, 2013 3:28am
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