Video: the technology of the new BMW 7 Series
At a recent technology and innovation workshop, BMW presented to present an initial selection of highlights of the next-generation 7 Series.
The extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell, the application of lightweight design, and a new generation of engines, combine to reduce the weight of the luxury sedan along with its fuel consumption and emissions figures.
Thanks to the BMW EfficientLightweight strategy, the new 7 Series will tip the scales up to 130 kg lighter than the outgoing generation of models. At its heart is a body with a carbon core based on the transfer of technology from the development of the BMW i models. The use of CFRP – whose material properties lend themselves to use in the passenger cell areas exposed to heavy loads – increases torsional rigidity and strength.
Precision-honed chassis technology and additional chassis control systems enhance both driving dynamics and ride quality. The balance between these two reaches a new level in the luxury sedan segment. Two-axle air suspension with self-levelling as part of the standard specification leads to noticeably improved ride comfort; Dynamic Damper Control is also standard. The latest update of the Integral Active Steering system, along with the first electromechanically-driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilisation system, contribute to a further boost in comfort, dynamic prowess and assurance on the road.
The new 7 Series is the world’s first car that owners will be able to manoeuvre in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. The remote control parking option thus allows drivers to access extremely tight parking spaces. Using the likewise newly developed BMW Display Key, the driver can prompt the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically.
The comfort, safety and driving experience offered by the new BMW 7 Series benefit from new chassis technology, exceptional scope for interaction with the car’s infotainment technology and a wider selection of driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive.
We can’t wait to see these new 7 Series models on our shores. Meanwhile, browse our current 7 Series inventory here.