The most anticipated aspect of the G11 7 Series
is that will feature the latest in BMW construction technology - namely, an exotic mix of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) and aluminum which will be used heavily throughout the car's key areas - platform, structure and body panels. The G11
will represent the first mainstream BMW model to feature carbon fiber as a key material (after the niche i3 and i8 models
). This was previously confirmed
by BMW R&D chief Klaus Draeger.
With gas prices ever rising, emissions requirements becoming more stringent by the year, and vehicle weights bloating, increased efficiency without sacrificing performance is a goal BMW seems intent to accomplish, by reducing the weight of its vehicles through heavy use of carbon fiber technology. For this reason, the company started the joint venture with SGL Group
in 2011 to take the carbon fiber production process mass scale.
The 2016 7 Series will come in both standard and long wheel base Li models, with the usual gasoline and diesel engine lineup. There may also be a new V12 hybrid model introduced.
The G11 will likely spawn the first 7 Series M Performance model, possibly badged as the "M770i xDrive."