First, I wanna say sorry for late post about the 2016 BMW 7 Series which was revealed two weeks ago. But I think it’s better late than never, isn’t it? So, BMW revealed the sixth generation of 7 Series. As you know (and so does everyone else), the sedan is ready to beat Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8 (sorry Lexus LS. You have to work harder). Everything is new, more luxurious, and more sophisticated.
BMW engineers did hard work to get lighter weight. The result is the latest 7 Series is 200 kg lighter and 130 kg lighter (for 750i xDrive) than its predecessor, thanks to the combination of carbon fiber structures, steel, aluminum, magnesium, and plastic. According to Klaus Frohlich, BMW AG board member, the new 7 Series is the lightest car in its segment.
The exterior’s styling is the combination of the fifth gen 7 Series and latest BMW’s design language that we can see on latest 3 and 4 Series. Up front, there are new headlights design that is now adopt laser technology. At the rear, we can see new LED taillights and chrome accent that is placed horizontally through the lights. To make it sportier, BMW adds dual-exhaust.
Codenamed G11, the latest luxury sedan is 5,098 mm long, 3,070 mm wheelbase, 1,902 mm wide, and 1,467 mm tall. Meanwhile G12 (long wheelbase/LWB) is 5,238 mm long, 3,210 mm wheelbase, 1,902 mm wide, and 1,479 mm tall.
Inside, the new sedan comes with more modern look featuring 3-spoke leather steering wheel, digital instrument graphic, iDrive 5.0 infotainment system that can be operated via touch screen or gesture control for the first time. It also comes with wireless charging for your mobile phone, an optional 7-inch removable tablet which can control functions of the car, and more.
The highlight technology in the car is Remote Control Parking. It enables the latest 7 Series moving in and out from the garage or parking space without anyone inside the car. While the car is parking, the driver can monitor its progress via BMW Display Key.
Under the hood, for European market BMW offers 3.0 liter turbo six-cylinder producing 326 hp for 740i and 740Li, V8 4.4 liter turbo produces 450 hp for 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive, and 3.0 liter turbodiesel with 265 hp. For USA market, there’s a little bit change for 3.0 litr turbo six-cylinder produces 320 hp. Early 2016, BMW plans to launch 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid which has 4-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged. The electric luxury car can run in electric mode up to 37 km with maximum speed 121 km/h. Those engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmission.
Text: Andhika Pradityo