Next-Gen BMW 7-Series will be Ultra-Light

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The Next-gen BMW 7-Series will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. The luxury cars will then hit the showrooms in the next year.

Next-Gen BMW 7-Series to be Ultra-Light

Test mules of the Next-Gen BMW 7-Series have been spotted a few times

One of the significant upgrades on the Next-Gen BMW 7-Series will be significantly lighter as compared to the previous generation of cars. The weight reduction will be achieved by the use of a combination of aluminium, magnesium, high-strength steel and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. Key areas such as the roof, bonnet and the floorpan will utilise heavy amounts of the carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. BMW is aiming at setting a new standard in terms of weight-reduction with the new 7-Series.

Most of the weight-reduction processes have already been developed for use in the i3 and i8 hybrid cars. Engineers say that the use of these processes on the new 7-Series will lead to a reduction of upto 200 kilograms. Estimates suggest that the entry level new 7-Series sedans will thus be lighter than the current 5-Series offerings from BMW!

Another key factor in the weight reduction process will the chassis of the Next-Gen BMW 7-Series. The new 7-Series cars will be built around a modular platform that is already in use on the 3 and 4-Series. This platform will soon be incorporated into the 5 and 6-Series as well. The chassis will be light but rigid, and will be linked to a suspension system built using major amounts of aluminium.

Next-Gen BMW 7-Series to be Ultra-Light

The Current BMW 7-Series

A plethora of engine options will come with the Next-Gen BMW 7-Series. The options will include turbocharged four, six, eight and twelve-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The engines will be mated to a 9-Speed Automatic transmission across all models. One will get to choose whether the power will be transferred just to the rear wheels, or all the four wheels. There will be a M Performance version among the 7-Series lineup, and it could receive a 4.4 Litre Twin-Turbo V8 powerplant churning out horses in excess of 600!!

The Next-Gen BMW 7-Series will have a mountain of expectations to live up to, from the word Go.

Source – Autocar India

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