• Sep 16, 2006
The prying lens of Mrs. Priddy and her minions captured the newest 7-series during a test run, naturally donning its prerequisite outerwear.
The LLN crew gathered from the photos that the new seven will be 'toned down a bit,' compared to its Bangled elderly siblings, with a more subtle rear end and a revised fascia. We would certainly hope so, considering how much criticism was levied on the initial redesign of BMW's luxury sedan. Left Lane's notion that the new front end will draw inspiration from the 6-series may be a bit off, as the six was inspired by the seven and BMW may decide to evolve in a more mature manner, moving away from its original divisive design.

Judging by the previous comments of our readers, we'd assume that any changes would be welcomed.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe you can cite a reference for it, but I'm not sure it's correct that the 6-series was inspired by the seven. The shape of the 645i (including the bangle butt) was shown in paris in 2000 as the Z9. The 745i was first shown sometime in 2001 as a 2002 model. I don't really know which one Bangle penned first, but the Z9 definitely saw daylight before the current 7-series did.

      To my mind it wouldn't hurt for BMW to "sixify" the 7-series. Both have sold well, but the six seems to be much better loved. The seven (along with the five and the Z4) are too oddly proportioned.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wilson - a while back, there was a documentary on SPEED that covered the design, development and manufacturing of the 6-series from start to finish. At the onset, they mentioned that the inspiration for the six was to make a luxury GT on par with their flagship sedan. That description was from Mr. Bangle himself.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Three years from now and the 7-series will look like that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Erm, I hate to belabor a trivial point Damon, but that doesn't mean that the current 7-series was the design inspiration for the six. I haven't seen that show, but I assume you're quoting correctly. In which case the inspiration was the notion of a high-end coupe (a la the MB CL), and not a specific car. I'm pretty sure the Z9 was the first public manifestation of flame surfacing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rear deck now looks like Bangle-Volvo offspring.
      • 8 Years Ago
      BMW creates the biggest junk on earth and calls them the ultimate driving machines.

      BMW relies exclusively on marketing propaganda to support its F grade products.

      The 7-series is no different. Driving dynamics is all media propaganda. Reality is totally different. Handling laga well behind its rivals, while it continues to waste time building more junk in england.

      BMW has not contributed a single innovation that matters since the beginning and its almost 80 years now.

      Honest people must expose this media propaganda and speak up against this massive cover-up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I wanted to display my wealth in an overweight, extra large sedan, I'd get the S600.

      BMW fake status symbol.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When these large hippos come out in the market, you can rely 100% that the media would call them glorious stallions.

      The obesity epidemic is looming large.
      • 8 Years Ago
      their are ppl who love cars. their are ppl who love bikes. their are ppl who love both. and their are ppl who hate one or both of them.
      Steve seems to be the one who hates cars.
      just read his comments here: http://www.autoblog.com/2006/09/16/a-dream-fulfilled-lotus-elise-rentals-are-coming

      his comments on the Beemers are even more outrageous.

      "BMW creates the biggest junk on earth and calls them the ultimate driving machines."
      have u ever driven the last Gen 5 series?
      i have it. 530 full options its THE ultimate driving machine.


      "BMW relies exclusively on marketing propaganda to support its F grade products."
      M5 has muscle as well marketing

      "The 7-series is no different."
      true. 760 has marketing as well muscle

      "Handling laga well behind its rivals"
      i think u are talking about 3 series(plz note the sarcasm)

      "BMW has not contributed a single innovation that matters since the beginning and its almost 80 years now."
      u forgot active steering? wot about all the braking technologies in the new BMs? eg: the brakes are rubbed against somethinf to keep them dry during rain. otherwise its breaking would be compromised.

      "Honest people must expose this media propaganda and speak up against this massive cover-up."
      i hav exposed a propaganda from... whom? where do u work steve?

      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW. it is simple super machine! BMW 7 and so good, but far more beautiful!!! are there yet pictures???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why do the back lights look like the pre-mid-cycle version of the E65/E66 (current) 7-series? Those are 745 lights and they got rid of that little red-silver-red strip for the newer 750.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those who bashed BMW must be working for crap company called INFINITI!
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