The first test-drive of BMW 7-series, a debut will be in 2016
In the middle of last year there were the first rumors about the new BMW 7-Series with G11 index. Now spies shot a novelty live at the first winter test-drives. The official premiere of the updated model probably will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 and the restyling was only in 2012.
According to preliminary information, the car is based on a new lightweight chassis with carbon fiber to reduce weight by 200 kg and emissions of CO2. This, in its turn, will have a direct influence on the driving, dynamics and the fuel efficiency.
However, due to the photos we can see that there is a “mule” - an existing car, but with the new details. It is noticeable that the rear bumper and some body panels are borrowed from the current model of 7-series. But the trunk looks different, and the front part of the hood shows that a grille will be placed below in all probability.
Most likely, the car will be smaller than its predecessor; but, of course, it will not affect to the cabin space but the trunk will be sacrificed. The new leader of BMW will be equipped with standard engines, including turbocharged six-cylinder engines, one or two V8 and V12 for the wealthiest and demanding customers. But the Bavarians want V12 to switch off a half of cylinders when quiet driving. The sedan will get an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The main rivals of the new model will be Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which are equipped with the latest technology. Bavarians can not afford to keep up with something, so they promise to make a breakthrough in their segment. We will know about new technologies when approaching the debut of a model but now we would like to remember what expecting: Lane Departure Warning systems, Distronic system, Piloted parking, Autopilot (the standard version is planned for 2020), updated in real-time 3D-cards, its Wi-Fi access point and other devices.
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