The All-New 2016 BMW 7-Series In 169 Photos And Full Details

BMW has introduced its flagship 7-Series sedan, which may be similar in size and…in looks to the outgoing F01 codenamed car, but it’s really a completely new model.

The Bavarians have thrown in all of their engineering and technological power on the car starting with one of its predecessor’s biggest drawbacks, the weight, by combining carbon-fiber structures with steel, aluminum, magnesium, and plastic, to shed up to 200kg (440 pounds) – though, due to additional comfort and safety features, the weight savings are actually less at 130 kg (286 pounds) on the 750i xDrive.

We haven’t confirmed this yet, but according to BMW AG board member Klaus Fröhlich, the new 7-Series is the “lightest luxury sedan in its segment”.

Codenamed G11 when opted with the short wheelbase and G12 with the long wheelbase, the next iteration of the 7er has more or less, the same footprint as the previous F01/F02 series.

The LWB version, which will be the only one offered in North America, measures 206.2 inches (5,238mm) long with a 126.4 inch (3,210mm) wheelbase, 74.9 inches (1,902mm) wide and 58.2 inches (1,479mm) tall. The standard model is 200.7 inches (5,098mm) long with a 120.9 inch (3,070mm) wheelbase, 74.9 inches (1,902mm) wide and 57.8 inches (1,467mm) tall.

The car’s exterior styling is best described as evolutionary mixing the previous 7’s characteristics with BMW’s newest…evolved…design DNA and especially the 3- and 4-Series with the sedan sporting a flatter front end with overgrown double kidney grilles flanked by sleeker, elongated ‘Laserlight’ laser-based  headlamps (same as on the i8) that make it look wider than the older model, even though it isn’t.

BMW followed a similar practice with the interior, which has a more modern feel to it without alienating owners of the current 7er. Beyond the new digital (and customizable) instrument graphics and iDrive 5.0 infotainment system that gets touch screen technology and gesture control for the first time, the top BMW sedan also gets wireless phone charging, an optional 7-inch removable tablet that can control functions of the car, an ‘Ambient Air’ package that releases scents in the cabin and various other amenities.

Another highlight is the world premiere of BMW’s “Remote Control Parking” which will allow drivers to maneuver in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. According to the Germans, “The driver initiates the car’s progress forwards into or in reverse out of a space using the likewise newly developed BMW Display Key. While the car is carrying out the semi-automated maneuver, the driver watches out for obstacles.”

All 7ers will come with a standard two-axle air suspension that automatically adjusts body height – with a lower ride in sport mode, Dynamic Damper Control, while for the first time, it will combine four-wheel steering (BMW calls it Integral Active Steering or “X Steer”) with four-wheel drive (on models fitted with the xDrive system).

When it goes on sale in the USA this fall, the new 7-Series will be offered in the following models: the 750i xDrive with a redeveloped 445hp 4.4-liter turbocharged gasoline V8, and the 740i with a 320hp 3.0-liter turbocharged six gasoline – both with 8-speed automatics.

In early 2016, BMW will add the 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid pairing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine to an electric motor and an 8-speed automatic that is said to be able to run on battery power alone for up to 23 miles (37km) at speeds of up to 75mph (121 km/h).

The MSRP for the 740i will be $81,300 and the 750i xDrive at $97,400 (excluding Destination and Handling), while pricing for the 740e PHEV will be announced closer to launch.

In Europe and other parts of the world, the new 7-Series will launch in October with two petrol engines, a 326PS 3.0-liter turbo six in the 740i and 740Li, and a 450PS 4.4-liter turbo V8 in the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive, and one diesel, the 265PS 3.0-liter six in the 730d/Ld models.

More powertrains options are to be announced later on.

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  • Evan McMaster

    The interior is mediocre at best and the exterior is an ugly mess. BMW should have come up with something that actually competes with the A8 and S-Class.

    • Miami Built

      You are blind at best and your taste is seriously flawed. This is by far one of the best in the 7-Series line up. Also Audi BMW and Mercedes-Benz will continue dominating the market for another couple of Centuries while other car companies imitate and remain inspired by Audi BMW and Mercedes-Benz. So they really are competing without having to really compete. 🤓

    • gerald williams

      Mr. Mcmaster,
      If you cannot see that this is the best looking 7 series to date, your taste in cars goes beyond poor taste. I would go so far as to say that you have no taste. Moreover, It would not surprise me at all that if i asked you to choose which car is sexier or sportier between VW Passatt and a corvette, that you would probably say the Passat. And if that’s the case, i would not want to see your style of dress, or lack thereof.
      Both the BMW 7 and the new S Class are gorgeous even though their styles contrast each other. I would personally prefer the BMW but i would be happy in either. One last point. While i may agree that the Audi A8or S8 have the best looking and most stylish interior, the exterior is lacking
      in this area. Particularly the rear. I cannot believe that the back end looks so bland. It’s almost seems as though the designers used up so much energy and time on the interior, by the time they got to the rear of the vehicle, they were too exhausted to think much about it.
      The tail end certainly leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to a design beautiful enough
      to be on a car in it’s category and looks elegant as this one on the inside. Basically, if i had to guess what type of car had that tail end, i would have guessed a Nissan or some other economy vehicle, not a car of of this quality. There was absolutely no thought, or at least it seems as though there no thought put into the design of it’s tail end.

  • Rich Money

    Interior is nice. The exterior screams Honda Accord. What a disappointment.

  • Zygius

    Skoda Octavia/MBC-class headlight, Tesla mirrors, Jetta/Opel rearlights, and that’s all fitted on the old one F-01 7-series body. That’s mine opinion about it.

    • daniel

      Yah right, rearlights is a combination between 4 series and 6 series, the exterior design is BMW all the way, you don”t have to enjoy it, that”s mine opinion.

      • Miami Built

        This car is pure SEX😊

  • Ermal Morina

    it’s looks good imo,but surely not as good as the A8 and of course doesn’t look that good as S class…

    • donald seymour

      @ermalmorina:disqus, I’m with you on that. It is not a stand car that oozes style. Its okay, and a valid effort in restrain design. But nothings stands out about this car albeit it’s proportions are spot on.

      • Miami Built

        When you see it in person that will change lol. I saw it, and witnessed it park it’s self all the way through it was out of this world. I don’t want one, I NEED one!!

        • donald seymour

          You know my friend said the exact same thing. So, did it really have road presence?

          • Miami Built

            Hey Donald I was out of town the past few days. I saw one sporting a MFR plate meaning it’s likely a Bimmer Exec driving but at first glance it looked like concept car something you only see on print or car shows. It was pearl white long, wide sat low with a brown interior I nearly ran into the car in front of me from how gorgeous this BMW was. Flawless to say the least.

  • Carmaker1

    Nader Faghihzadeh also designed the current 6-Series range back in 2007-09 and the overall interior design of the current 7-Series back in 2004-2005. I see a promotion in his future, as nearly every 7-Series designer attains massive seniority at BMW (Adrian van Hooydonk, Karim Habib, Christopher Weil).

    People forget that design of the new 7-Series ended 3 years ago in 2012, so all the recent BMW concepts could not influence an already finalised design. Much of Herr Faghihzadeh’s G11 design work was done in 2011.

    • Miami Built

      Awesome designers by the way👍🏻

  • Toss

    S-Class should stay RELAX.

    Who the F… will park a car from an I-pad? You have 100.000 euro to buy one, but you don’t have a spacious garage…oh yeah, maybe you stay in a rented studio.

    • emjayay

      Maybe you want to get into and out of a tight parking garage space on occasion.

    • Miami Built

      Audi BMW Mercedes-Benz dominate so I think everyone is relaxed, lol well except the competition and of course the Haters. That being said I could think of 23 scenarios where parking via I-Pad will come in handy. Including a 5+ car garage.

  • Stephen Baxter

    Looks good. It seems everything is in the details. Really like some of the design cues inside, those rear door insides are stylish. I imagine people ready to buy another 7 will be pleased. However, I don’t think Mercedes is worried.


    I thought it would be worse, but not bad, i quite like it !

  • pcurve

    great… now you need to charge your keyfob.

    • donald seymour

      Good point to consider.

  • Tinky-Winky

    When the spy shots were published I thought that the car wouldn’t be anything special but I really like it now that I have the whole picture. With the horizontal lines, that make the car look very wide and long, the new car reminds me of the pre-Bangle era generations. The design is conservative, sporty and elegant, just like a true 7-series should be. I still think that BMW needs an additional, more premium model between this and Rolls-Royce to compete with the more luxurious variants of the S-class.

  • Bo Hanan

    I think car manufactures are running out of ideas to impress us with. This is a nice car, but I was more in awe of the new S-Class. And that’s coming from an M5 owner too. But it’s still a nice car.

  • Sébastien

    Exterior: too many distractive details (seems to be covered with aftermarket addons)
    Interior: seems good (well inline with recent BMWs), but what is that ugly giant gearstick ?

  • Glasfunk

    What in the hell is going on with those horrible headlights…

    • Miami Built

      Car looks sick. Let’s see who’s going to copy them next, lol. My guess it will be the usual suspects Lexyota and Nissfinity.

  • Maher

    The back looks a lot like the 2014 Audi A8.

  • InSynergy

    Awesome! At least it doesn’t alienate people on the inside. If you know who I’m referring to.

  • Six Thousand Times

    All right, stand back while I piss and moan about it, oh wait, a lot of you guys already got there and handled that. Cool.

    The styling is evolutionary, which is fine. It looks conservative like the rich old cats who will buy it. The grille ought to be big enough to help any and all newly minted Chinese millionaires overcompensate for deficiencies they may have in other areas. The interior looks pretty nice as well. Roomy. That keyfob’s kinda trick – probably a million dollars to replace if you lose it or drop it. If they really do pull 200kg out of it then, great, maybe it’ll be the drivers’ choice. Too bad you have to get xDrive if you’re an American who wants the eight.

    • Miami Built

      I love it actually, by far one of the best 7’s to date. Like Audi and Mercedes-Benz BMW is actually doing a pretty great job attracting the younger demographic. That being said it seems that a lot of the typical Envy, and Hating comes from the gentlemen who are broke and drive imitations of BMW and are obviously concerned that the new 7 will again render their imitation inferior. Usually these insecure gentlemen look at their imitations as the only “affordable” and mobile object that helps them to compensate for deficiencies they obviously have in other areas. So when the real thing shows up and encroaches upon their budget imitations well; we can clearly see why all the fuss and panties getting bunched up on discussions boards. Not implying that you’re the usual suspect. I’m just saying. 🙃

      • Six Thousand Times

        Yes, I was just calling out the usual internet crybabies who, I agree, are probably not buyers in this segment, anyway. Full disclosure: I’m not, either.

  • klowik

    It still doesn’t look as luxurious as the Merc S class. Some of previous concepts of the 7-series look more luxurious than this. This is simply a facelift of the current 7-series. If BMW is serious pulling some sales from Merc S class, it should follow closely to some of the concept designs.

  • BlackPegasus

    S-Class still looks fresh compared to this rehashed replay. 😴💤

    • V

      S-class sucks, and you know it.

      • Miami Built

        The ones who truly suck are the ones imitating Audi BMW and Benz. True leaders.

    • Miami Built

      Both cars are fresh, they are pure sekx. Audi too.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    So there was a lot of noise about the Mercedes S Class being the best car in the world and on. Then I saw it in person and I am not impressed. It disappears in a sea of cars, looks like the C class from the rear and overall a bit plain. The interior is the same: looks good in photos but not very nice to touch and it seems Mercedes was trying too hard.

    This 7 is the most luxurious 7 ever. It must have been hard for BMW to truly compromise and add all that glitzy stuff. I will wait to see it in person, but so far, I like it. It is a TRUE 7 and will appeal to the traditional 7 driver.

  • Nordschleife

    Not super impressed but not annoyed. It’s a good remodel in my opinion.

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  • Kevin Tay

    The radio thing, from some 90’s Camry.

    • donald seymour

      Well, the thing is that the generation that can most likely afford one of these things is not our generation. That being said that generation is more about practicality then just “pretty stuff.” I have a touch screen in my vehicle and it is not practical at all.

      • Kevin Tay

        What I had in mind was digital buttons and not physical buttons.

  • Gareth Siew

    The exterior is almost identical as the old one, but the interior is actually all new. I could only go for it if the M7 eventually goes up

  • MarketAndChurch

    I personally don’t see the need to buy a Ghost over this, though that’s a nice car too. Compared to the benchmark, the S-class, I’d say they’re tied, with a slight edge to the 7-series because of its interior. Especially those seats! The current 7-series is not as nice to sit in as the S-class, but this one looks like a land yacht. The front end looks sexy and progressive from some angles, and deflated and awkward from others. There are some Lexus and Lincoln influences in here too. On the whole: It’s alright.

    • donald seymour

      “It’s alright.” I can except that.

      • Miami Built

        He had me loling while driving. That’s a no no. 😂😂😂

    • Miami Built

      No Lincoln or Lexyota Influences here. In fact in typical Lexus fashion they copied the elements of the 02′ 7-Series for their current LS. I suppose this why they fail over and over again. That being said I’m looking forward to owning one of these and if it doesn’t work out for me financially then I can either wait for a deal on used one in a couple of years or settle for an imitation from Lexyota, provided they don’t put those tacky Nike Swoosh LED’s that seem to mold on to their current models. 😄😄😄

  • will it kick some S?.. doubt it..

    • Miami Built

      It will if it’s up against an imitation like Lexyota. Especially when they unleash the Alpina B7. Lookout posers!!😂😂😂

  • Vassilis

    Although I’m not exactly a Mercedes fan the S-Class seems to still be the king of the segment. Pity BMW didn’t make a more appealing car. They need to rehire Bangle or someone with a bold imagination because they seem to be going downhill in terms of design.

    • Miami Built

      Mercedes was and will always be king, Audi and BMW are too but just a notch under. Then you have the imitators/posers.😉

  • AndyD

    Wow! Look how big the 3 series has gotten!

  • The 1996-2001 7-serie was the last that really moved me. This one is no good no bad, fantastically built, tremendous techniques, but it lacks the instant …. shake rattle and roll….

  • rnc

    Congratulations BMW, you made the most boring, old-fashioned and outright morally obsolete car in the flagship segment! Now Mercedes can celebrate that their halo S class is and will remain to be the coolest German design on the block for years to come and it is BMW who now looks like the old man’s car.

    Who cares about the technology, gimmicks and luxury bits when that is a must in the segment. This car forgot to do one crucial mission – to show the way forward for BMW design and to create something to aspire to for all BMW owners. As we now see, for the next 5 years all BMWs will likely look the same as the previous 5 years. Most people will have trouble noticing difference between pictures of pre-facelift 1-series and the new 7-series dashboards! Even copy-cat Audi design starts to look OK in comparison.

    Move over old sellout BMW, its time for brands who actually care to bring something fresh. And here strangely enough Lexus, Volvo and Mercedes come to mind.

    • Miami Built

      Lexus is a huge imitators and surely they were waiting for this moment so they can begin copying their next LS as they copied the 2002 7-Series for their current LS model. Talk about old and boring. That being said you sound like a hater since your entire rant made absolutely no sense. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz (no particular order) are pioneers and leaders
      In the segment and love them or hate them they are here to stay and lead for the next couple of centuries. Sorry to hear how that struck the nerve of many. 🙃

  • donald seymour

    Now, that it seems like everyone of the patrons have commented. I will give my brief take on the 7 Series. While it is conservative I do like the approach, but I’m not gun-hoe over it. They could have done better with a more revolutionary design; but however, they didn’t. Nonetheless, a very handsome car, but not enough flare to move me away from the Audi A8. And with the new A8 in the horizon, I don’t think that this car will be the one for me.

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    • Miami Built

      Lol! Seriously so many Butthurt Lexyota and Nissfinity fans here. These JDM fans are so silly. Did they forget that Nissan/infinity have turned to Mercedes for help making more potent and longer lastin engines? And how Toyota/Lexus put up the white flag and turn to BMW in designing better products? Oh right I forgot they are on the low down and denial about that. Meanwhile Audi BMW and Mercedes-Benz continue their reign in dominating. Just wait until the new B7 comes out to Butthurt these clowns some more😂😂😂

  • Miami Built

    Two Words. Bad Azz. Okay KIA, Lexus, Hyundai time to line up and take notes geniuses. Pretty soon it will be time to create a carbon copy for your next flagship design. 😆😆😆😂😂😂

  • David Peterson

    Sorry, neither light my fires. Fancy gizmos for the tech nerds and Russian gangster set. Someone with real class will search a low miles XJR and roll with style.

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