New BMW 7 Series 2016 BMW G11/G12 is based on the Vision Future Luxury and based on spy photos is almost 90% the same. Due on sale late 2015 with twin turbos, all wheel drive, 9 speed gearbox and hybrid. SUBSCRIBE #CARJAMTV
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The BMW 7 Series is a line of full-size luxury vehicles produced by the German automaker BMW. Introduced in 1977, it is BMW’s flagship car and is only available as a sedan or extended-length limousine. The 7 Series traditionally introduces technologies and exterior design themes before they trickle down to smaller sedans in BMW’s lineup.
A more modified version of the 7-series is the Alpina B7, made by Alpina. The B7 has performance-focused features – aesthetic features include body and bumper skirts, uniquely designed wheels, and a slightly modified interior. More importantly, the Alpina B7 features a revised engine and other performance enhancements. For example, the E65/66 (745i/Li and 750i/Li from 2003-2008) versions of the B7 featured a supercharged 4.4L V8 with 493bhp.
The 5th generation BMW F01/F02 went on sale in November 2008 and is currently still in production. The BMW F01/ BMW F02 was the first BMW 7-series available with an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW all-wheel drive. It is the first BMW 7-series where all engines are turbocharged. The BMW ActiveHybrid7 was the first 7-series to use an electric motor.
The BMW front suspension is a double wishbone design, instead of the MacPherson struts used on previous generations.
It is in this generation that BMW changed the nomenclature from E to BMW F01, thereby making it the first BMW to have so.
Also the BMW model numbers have been changed for the new engine lineup. BMW 730d/Ld for the 3.0l inline six 258bhp diesel, BMW ActiveHybrid 7 for the 3.0l inline six 310bhp petrol hybrid, BMW 750i/Li for the 4.4l V8 473bhp petrol, BMW 750d/Ld for the 3.0l inline six 385bhp triple turbo diesel and BMW 760Li for the 6.0l V12 544bhp petrol.
All the engines are twin turbocharged for maximum efficiency and power. For 2014 it received BMW’s new second generaton iDrive touchpad.
In the driver’s and front passenger’s area, precisely defined lines and surfaces create a sense of exclusive dynamism. The design of the instrument panel closely complements the design of the displays themselves. The driver is surrounded by a wrap-around cluster of three intermeshing displays, creating the typical BMW driver-centric cockpit. The three-dimensional display technology means that at the visual level the instrument panel styling appears to carry over into the displays themselves. In other words, to the eye the interior space seems to continue into the solid structures of the instrument panel, generating an impression of unprecedented depth and spaciousness.
The left-hand display mainly presents vehicle-related information, while in the centre a programmable cluster displays speedometer, rev counter and other information, as well as context-adaptive supplementary data, which is displayed as and when relevant. Meanwhile, the right-hand display – the Driver Information Display – provides additional infotainment information. The driver also has the option of controlling all these functions by voice command. Two large, deeply contoured single seats add to the appeal, inviting passengers to retire into their own personal “comfort zone”. A retractable table, the angled Rear Seat Displays and the rigid backs of the front seats create a very private ambience, sectioning this area off from the rest of the interior. The sense of privacy is accentuated by modern, flowing geometry and the use of select materials, with lavish wood surfaces extending from the rear parcel shelf to enfold the rear seat occupants in a cosseting three- dimensional space. Strategically placed lighting slats integrated into the wood echo the surrounding styling and, with their warm glow, accentuate the modern and cosy ambience. Finest-quality aniline leather in Batavia brown and a lighter Silk shade, Silk nubuk leather and the warm brown, layered lime wood all have a natural aura which offers unique visual appeal and quality. The division between darker materials in the upper areas and light materials in the lower areas creates a feeling of warmth and a luxurious sense of space.