The new 2016 BMW 7 Series has been revealed with pictures and videos ahead of it going on sale in the UK . It’ll be available from £63,750 for the 730d in November 2015. Each car in the range has standard and M Sport spec trim levels available.
It’s 130kg lighter than the previous model, down to as little as 1725kg. And that’s despite being 26mm longer in the standard model, and 14cm longer in the Long Wheelbase (LWB) version. The largest BMW series car ever produced now has more passenger space, and a 515 litre boot for the longer car.
The weight saving comes with a stiffer chassis courtesy of a monocoque which combines carbon fibre reinforced plastic, aluminium and ultra high tensile steel. Come that with the range topping 4.4 litre twin turbo and you get 444bhp for a limited 155mph and 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds. The 322bhp 3.0 litre straight six and the 3.0 litre 261bhp / 457lb ft torque diesel aren’t sluggish. But the potentially most interesting new BMW is the hybrid 740e, with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine and an electric motor to give 322bhp and 134.5mpg. But takeaway the petrol and you’ll just get 25 miles of range or a 75mph top speed.
Whichever you choose, you’ll get an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and new air suspension which responds either to your manual setting, or to the camera which scans ahead to see how smooth the road might be. And then chooses Standard or Sport mode depending on whether you’re on smooth Tarmac or a traditional British collection of patches and potholes.
BMW iDrive with Touch Display and Gesture Control:
For the first time the iDrive operating system now has touch display as well as using the controller for making choices.
And even more impressive for the geekier among us is that there is now BMW gesture control which detects hand movements via a 3D sensor control. Fortunately it’s mostly for your entertainment tweaking, including volume controls or making phone calls, rather than accidentally accelerating every time you scratch your nose.
For those with a driver, there is the optional Executive Lounge with auto air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats with massage function in the rear, and the ability to recline to almost horizontal should the need arise. And the Tounch Command system is a removable 7-inch tablet which can also play multimedia, work as a games console or surf the net as required.
Tired business people and celebrities can relax with the new Ambient light options, and the LWB cars can also have a Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, with LED lights imitating a starry sky on the roof of your car. There’s also an Ambient Air package with a selection of eight aromas and a new Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system.
Even more driver gadgets:
It’s still going to be more fun to drive than to be chauffeured around. You can choose the BMW Laserlight headlights as an alternative to the standard LEDs to give a high beam range of 600 metres with pure white light dazzling all oncoming traffic, and Remote Control Parking so the semi-automated system takes care of tight parking spaces. And you can use the BMW Display Key to keep an eye out for obstacles you think the system might have missed.
And there’s the steering and lane control assistant with active side collision detection. Rear collion prevention and crossing traffic warnings have been added to the Driving Assistant Plus system, and there’s more refinements to the Traffic Jam assistant and Active Cruise Control.
Basically it’ll take care of almost everything.
And you can expect to see a similar monocoque approach and all the technology filter down to the range in the near future…