And no V12...for now.
After months of rumors and camouflaged spy shots BMW has finally revealed the 2016 7-Series. As we reported earlier the sedan is big on tech and light in the pounds department. In terms of looks the sixth-generation 7-Series isn’t that different from the fifth-generation. Everything looks sleeker and the headlights look futuristic but there’s nothing really radical here. What is crazy is the weight BMW has managed to cut off its mammoth sedan.
The weight loss is thanks to the new “Carbon Core” platform that mixes carbon-reinforced plastic, high-strength steel and aluminum. According to BMW the these lightweight materials helped the new 7-Series lose up to 190 pounds. The 740i will have an inline-six and the 750i will pack a V8. Yup, only two trims will be available at launch and the V12 is gone for now. The 3.0-liter inline-six rates at 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 comes in at 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid 740e xDrive will have a 2.0-liter turbo-four paired with an electric engine and will be a few months after the 740i and 750i debut.
Tech is the focus here, and there are more touchscreens in the 2016 7-Series than at an Apple Store. The driver gets a touchscreen, passengers in the backseat get them and even the key fob has one. There are also gesture controls in the rearview mirror that let you do simple tasks such as adjust the stereo volume and accept or deny phone calls. The rear armrest also features a wireless phone charger. The long-wheelbase (Europe gets short and long options) 740i and 750i will sell for $82,250 and $98,350 and are expected in showrooms this fall.