5th Generation BMW 7 Series - World Automotive News - Spyshot
Say hello to BMW’s next-generation executive limousine, the 2009 new 7-series.Our European photographers snapped the car at the firm’s Munich headquarters this morning, and it’s the first time the Mercedes S-class beater can be seen without the heavy cladding that so far made the elegant saloon looking like an ugly military tank.With its huge twin-kidney grille and the wrap-around headlights the car mimics design elements of the X5 and X6 but keeps the exclusive character the 7-series is known for.Though still disguised with a fake rear spoiler, the rear end and especially the boot lid will undoubtedly become more elegant compared to the current car’s back.In addition to the exterior updates, BMW will be introducing a new iDrive and – rumour has it – an eight-speed transmission.The new 7‑series will make its first public appearance at the Paris Show later this year and will arrive as a 2009 model.
Here are a few things we learned so far about the 7 Series:
Twin-turbo V12 engine
Twin-turbo V8 engine
8 Speed transmission
Four square pipes for the high-end model
Two Square Pipes for the V8
All-wheel drive(optional in the future)
Dynamic Performance Control
An improved iDrive Navigation System
Driver orientated console coming back
New BMW exterior colors: Sophisto Grey , Cashmere Silver, Imperial Blue , Mineral Whit
Also, here are some of the latest spy photos with the camouflage still on and a covered up interior.