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Leaked: 2016 BMW 7-Series caught without camo

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On: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 7:04AM | By: Teddy Field

Leaked: 2016 BMW 7-Series caught without camo

The BMW 7-Series has always competed with the Mercedes S-Class. It’s roughly the same size, same price, and it has all the presence of a two-ton middle finger. Unfortunately for the guys in Munich, the new Mercedes S-Class is now the equivalent of an iPhone 6 to BMW’s tin-can-and-a-string. But BMW hath redrawn their motorized lewd gesture, and some spy photographer has caught one completely undressed... months before its scheduled reveal.

Scheduled to be unveiled next March at the Geneva Motor Show, the redesigned 2016 BMW 7-Series is going to have lots of new bells & whistles. According to reports, the new 7er will have a reprogrammed iDrive system with a gesture-controlled navigation interface, wireless smartphone charging, a full-length one-piece glass roof with no center support (called ‘Sky Lounge’), laser beam headlights, and a self-parking function that’s straight from the pages of science fiction. Called Remote Valet Parking Assistant, the car uses laser scanners to literally recognize its surroundings, then the computer takes control of the throttle, brakes, and steering to drive the 2016 BMW 7-Series through a car park and find a parking space. And it does all of this after you’ve gotten out of the car. Seriously, just click the key fob and the car theoretically goes off and parks itself. BMW is going to preview this new feature at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But reports suggest that the car will even drive itself back to pick you up once you’ve finished your power lunch.

Since the modern interpretation of luxury seems to be measured by the sheer number of electronics that you can cram into a car before it shorts itself out, the new BMW Big seems ready to take on the S-Class. And speaking of ‘big’, the 2016 BMW 7-Series is supposed to use lots of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum, and magnesium to achieve a weight reduction of 374 lbs (in the diesel-fired 2016 BMW 730d at least).

All of that info has been circulating the interwebs for a while, but what hasn’t been seen is the car itself. Until now that is. Last week, an astute European somewhere on the other side of the pond spotted a pre-production 2016 BMW 7-Series in an undisclosed location. And, lucky for us, this hero snapped a few pictures of Munich’s new doctor-mobile, and it seems to be everything that it’s rumored to be. Admittedly, I thought it was a new Honda Accord at first, but those blue roundels look nothing like a Honda badge.

Honestly, the 2016 BMW 7-Series looks more evolutionary than revolutionary. But brain surgeons and hedge fund directors tend to be a subtle lot. And while the new 7er probably won’t challenge the S-Class’ position as the preferred chariot of potentates, it’s likely to be very popular among BMW’s huge following of ‘niche buyers’.

Maybe they’ll put an extra hinge on that huge trunk lid and make a 7-Series Gran Turismo?


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