• Oct 4th 2006 at 1:32PM
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Car Magazine has posted a few close-up spy shots of the next 7-Series and also provides more details on what to expect in Munich's new flagship with some interesting tidbits that appear sourced from right inside BMW. For BMW fans, the new 7-Series is also the start of a new set of chassis designations, with the short-wheelbase version known as the F01 and the stretched version internally referred to as F02. The outgoing model's Bangle-era styling will be shelved for the cleaner, more elegant styling that's been previewed in recent spy shots.
The new model will also be available as a gas-electric hybrid version, no-doubt to compete with the Lexus LS600h. The gasoline engines that we'll see in the U.S. will be designed with direct fuel injection and be tuned for performance, as opposed to the European versions that will be tweaked for fuel economy. The 7's new modular chassis will also provide parts for the next 5- and 6-series cars, and potentially that baby Rolls-Royce we've been promised. With both Mercedes-Benz and Lexus launching new flagship sedans packed to their sunroofs with techno-wizardry, we also expect BMW will be aiming to trump its competitors while still providing legendary driving pleasure for the driver.

[Source: Car Magazine]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      chris bangle is clown/joke. he is always defending and explaining his designs with fluffy, sophomoric, and bloated prose/phrases (eg "expand the design vocabulary"). look, these words are laughable BS words used in undergraduate design classes (i know b/c i helped my design major roommate for 4 yrs in college to write and prepare for practically every single one of his presentations, who by the way received all A's in his design classes with my help who thanks me to this day. for one of the classes, as exercise, the teacher would oftentimes ask the student to design a random object (eg a pencil) and ask the student to convincing describe its virtues in exterior aesthetic design and the next day describe its negatives). my point is this: at all levels and certainly at his level, the designer should let the designs speak for themselves without words. similarly lexus always is putting out flowery prose laden press release for their designs. for contrast, just look at porsche, lambo, ferrari, the prev S-class - just put out the cars and they speak for themselves.

      if you have not already done so, it may be too late, but maybe not:

      by the way, mad man's most recent rants:

      • 9 Years Ago
      agreed. Performance is wraps for BMW and an M7 would be nice.

      I believe that the interior and exterior needs to be revisied. I'm not moved by BMW's anymore unless they have the M logo on the back. Without bigger than life tires and body flares, BMW's just aren't as exciting to look at as they were 5 years ago.
      • 9 Years Ago
      they are still sticking to the piano lid trunk design. imho, iti needs to go. it was designed to be different just for the sake of being different. unfortunately adapted blindly by other automakers (acura rl, mercedes s, toyota camry). from a design standpoint, it is senseless. it cuts into the profile of the car, it appears obstrusive. i hate chris bangle's designs and their legacies. i totally agree with #3. my sadly my currently 330i coupe is prob the last good-looking bmw, at least for a while, and i am not sure what i will do after that - i need the handling / drive of bmw, but the designs are just so bad. i am thinking perhps audi A6. what do you all think?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hmmm. Lexus might lose the hybrid performance crown. Who knows? Time will tell.
      • 9 Years Ago
      BMW neewds a M7.
      And dont recycle the same old bullshit 5.0 V10 from M5 and M6.
      Make a new engine. Put twin turbos on the 6.0 liter V12 from 760. It makes 444 hp now. It can make 600hp easily. Done.
      • 9 Years Ago
      BMW should worry more about styling. Seeing what the 335i is putting out, horsepower is the least of their challenges.

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