The next-generation BMW 7 Series will finally see a high-performance variant.
The German automaker is putting the finishing touches on the 2016 BMW 7 Series, which is expected to debut at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Best of all, BMW will finally pull the trigger in developing an M7 variant for the flagship sedan’s next generation, a model that has been rumored for years. One of the reasons why an M7 will finally be possible is due to the weight loss that next-generation 7 Series will have thanks to a generous use of aluminum, magnesium, high-strength steel and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.
According to BMW head Norbert Reithofer, the German automaker believes the new 7 Series “will set a new standard in its class in terms of weight saving.” Processes developed for the i3 and i8 have found their way to the next-generation 7 Series, which will be up to 440 lbs lighter than its predecessor.
Even if the BMW M7 doesn’t become a reality, expect an M750i M Performance variant to take its place with a heavily tuned version of the M5’s current 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with over 600 hp.
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