The next BMW 7 Series, said to be arriving in 2015, will reportedly use more CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) in its build. In two interviews R&D head Dr. Klaus Draeger said the big sedan will introduce the expanded use of CFRP components into the mainstream BMW line.

Draeger made sure to say that he believes in the right material mix, making structural items like the engine cradle and crash structures in high-strength steel and using aluminum for pieces like the doors, front fenders and roof. It is thought that carbon fiber will supplant some aluminum parts like the hood, roof and trunk.


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      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car really doesn't look good in pictures.
        Giom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Agree. But it is stunning in the flesh. Come to think about it, no BMW look good in fotos, they're designed to be beheld in the metal. The K9 will date quickly, while this design will remain sought after for decades.
          postpast
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giom
          "sought after for decades"? with the amount of tech(stuff to go wrong) and price pf parts. these will all be scraped in little over one decade.
      Joshua Bolden
      • 2 Years Ago
      My next favorite sedan after the S-Class, but yes it does not take pictures very well.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as they get rid of that hideous porker front end.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      adam512
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sware kia has just released a concept that looks exactly like this 7 series
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure this will address the high costs associated with BMW maintenance/repair costs........oh wait.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AJ
        I agree. This is just what we wanted the 7 Series to have ! How did you know BMW............
        Scotch Bingington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AJ
        Of course, because 7 series customers are super concerned with maintenance costs.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      peter schreyer designed a better bmw than bmw.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      After looking at pictures of K9, this one looks dated.
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