BMW 7 Series to Shed Significant Weight
BMW's current 7 Series, which debuted for the 2009 model year, is ripe for a redesign. According to a new report, we should expect some significant changes for the sixth-generation model, including a lighter body and advanced materials. BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said that the new model “will set a new standard in its class in terms of weight saving.” The new flagship model will feature aluminum, magnesium, high-strength steel, and carbon fiber reinforced plastic to achieve this goal. Shedding over 440 pounds from the previous generation, the new 7 Series will actually weigh less than today's 535i. We should see turbocharged four, six, eight, and 12-cylinder models as well as standard, long-wheelbase, and extra long wheelbase versions. Standard is a nine-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose between rear or four-wheel drive. Also in the works is plug-in hybrid model, although the details of this version have not yet been revealed. BMW will also likely produce a M7 or M750i M Performance version, which could get more than 600 horsepower. Look for the BMW 7 Series to debut at the Frankfurt motor show in Germany in September next year. The car will then make its way to global markets in 2016. Source: Autocar U.K.
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