BMW 7-series, the sixth-generation 7-series will arrive around Thanksgiving with major technological changes

2015-04-28 11:40:13
BMW 7-series, the sixth-generation 7-series will arrive around Thanksgiving with major technological changes
BMW 7-series, the sixth-generation 7-series will arrive around Thanksgiving with major technological changes

The sixth generation 7 series is coming at Thanksgiving as the fifth generation Great Recession off-spring will be saying goodbye.  The none- too-happy fifth generation 7-series of BMW is leaving its place to a more worthy successor as it was fat and unhappy. The BMW 7-series was also the one that reminded people of their stick shifting days.


The 7-series was available in several longer wheelbase choices and up to 12-cylinders of turbocharged engines with rear or four-wheel drives. Overall the 7-series can be summed up as a four-door limousine with speed and comfort while presenting a secluded character. But much water has flown under the bridge since the 7-series debuted in 2009 and the auto industry has seen the last of the Fisker and the rise of Tesla as a green-oriented luxury brand. Mercedes has been maintaining its power position, and the Caddy is showing sign of reemergence. With the luxury car business expanding endlessly, the Koreans starting having their slice of the segment’s pie too.

BMW has taken steps to secure its vehicles’ future and aptly announced the spread of electrification across its automobile range. This will go beyond the i3 and i8 trendsetters and the present 3, 5 and 7 ActiveHybrids and include all its core range with a plug-in hybrid. BMW is also an unchallenged pioneer in weight saving and has its own carbon-fiber plant  partnering SGL Group, in Washington State to substantiate the composite plastics required for the purpose.

When the BMW 750Li came in 2010 it beat the Mercedes S550 in a two-car contest, but the large BMW then lost momentum. A 750Li of BMW was beaten by the latest Panamera S, but it beat the Quattroporte Sport GT S from Maserati.  In 2011, BMW suffered the ignominy finishing third while taking on the Jaguar Supercharged XJL and the Audi A8L. Amends are going to be made with the arrival of the 7-series for BMW this year. Whatever we have learned about the 7-series seems to be quite encouraging.

Walter Schindlbeck, the project head acknowledge the needs to refurbish the neglected ride and handling capabilities of the flagship. Technologies that save weight have been utilized seriously. The BMW engineers by mixing aluminum, high-strength steel, plastic, magnesium and carbon fiber materials has claimed weight reduction of about 285 pounds at the base. They also claim to have lowered the center of gravity for the 7-series and improved the torsional stiffness and bending abilities.  Suspension and brake materials have been replaced with aluminum which was earlier made of iron and the damping materials have been sparingly used. Here BMW has saved a 17% in unsprung weight.

While the steel remains the primary constituent of the construction material, the innovative carbon fiber unibody has been advertised by a badge claiming the technology and openly fixed to the B-pillars of the 7-series. The deployment of carbon-fiber in strategic spots to the tune of 15% has considerably reduced the use of steel and in turn saved more weight.

BMW models:

BMW 3 Series
BMW 6 Series
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
BMW 7 Series
BMW Z8
BMW 8 Series
BMW X5
BMW X6
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
BMW i8
BMW X6 M
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
BMW 4 Series
BMW M3
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BMW X1
BMW M
BMW X4
BMW ActiveHybrid X6
BMW X3
BMW ActiveHybrid 7
BMW Z4
BMW Z3
BMW 5 Series
BMW X5 M
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
BMW 1 Series
BMW Z4 M
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