Friday, 8 August 2014

BMW launching new 7 Series at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show; Extra-long wheelbase planned


The new 7 Series BMW is focusing on weight reduction by using lighter materials. This means that this car will be made out of more exotic materials such as aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

This new 7 Series will take luxury-class standards to a new level, and not only in the terms of comfort, but in the lightweight frame, and the driving dynamics of the car.

The weight of this new 7 Series sees the car lose over 200kg, which means that it now weighs in at around 1650kg.

There are rumours going around that not only are BMW producing a new 7 Series in the extra-long wheel base model, but also making a short (G11) and long wheel base (G12) models aswell. BMW will unveil the G11/G12 7 Series at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, which runs from the 17th-27th September 2015.

The new extended model will be BMW’s response to the long-wheelbase, ultra-luxury version of the next-generation Mercedes S-Class.

Looking further into the future

In 2016, the BMW 7 Series will be available with a range of turbocharged four, six, eight and 12-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. All of these engines will come with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and the option of rear or four-wheel drive.

The Diesel engine cars will include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder in a new entry-level model, and a 3.0-litre straight six.

There are rumours around BMW looking at creating a new M7 or M750i M Performance version of the 7 Series in the future, around all the other models they are creating.

By David Carr

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