Upcoming BMW 7-Series Borrows BMW i3, i8 Tech

MAY 20 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 8

Eventually, the all-new BMW 7 Series will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but for now the only announced powertrains are ICE-only.

However, the next-generation 7 Series gets something else adopted straight from BMW’s electric car parts bin: carbon fiber.

The extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell, the rigorous and detailed 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.

BMW EfficientLightweight: Carbon Core helps to reduce weight by up to 130 kilograms.

Thanks to the BMW EfficientLightweight strategy, the new BMW 7 Series line-up will tip the scales up to 130 kilograms lighter than the outgoing generation of models. At its heart is a body structure with a Carbon Core based on the transfer of technology from the development of the BMW i models. The use of CFRP ā€“ whose material properties lend themselves to use in the passenger cell areas exposed to heavy loads ā€“ increases torsional rigidity and strength. The configuration of the sheet metal elements can be adjusted accordingly, allowing body weight to be significantly reduced.

Next Gen BMW 7 Series

Next Gen BMW 7 Series

We won’t cover the 7 Series in detail here, as it doesn’t yet have a plug-in variant. If interested in obtaining additional detail on the next-gen 7, then hit up this link to BMW’s media site.

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8 Comments on "Upcoming BMW 7-Series Borrows BMW i3, i8 Tech"

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Speculawyer

And it will probably have a pathetically small battery thus wasting most of that good technology. :-/

Jelloslug

Well, it’s big and expensive enough that we can hope for a 40 mile+ range.

Bret

There is no battery for the new 7-Series, just ICE.

I can’t believe they were only able to reduce the weight by 130 kilos. That sounds pathetic for a car that size. Ford shaved 700 pounds (318 kg) off the F-150 and it’s aluminum, not CFRP.

pjwood1

CFRP developments are impressive unto themselves, but whether that, steel, or cardboard, it has to be shaped around a big battery. A 7 will need the i3’s battery, to begin to be a reasonable PHEV.

Disappointed

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iā€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

One car maker, “Younger”, Bolder, saw the future and headed there eagerly to do what others had yet to do.

Another car maker, “Older”, Opportunisic, saw the present and followed the leader, showing Only eagerness to find cheaper ways to be in the game.

And that will make all of the difference.

EVer

long plain boring generic looking sedan

Dale

You moron. Have you driven it yet? No. Have you seen it without camo? No. So keep your biased opinions to yourself and shut the hell up.

Disappointed

Well,,,There goes Freedom Of Speech !

But, That was a Great “Ad Hominem” !!