By on January 5, 2015

It's got laser eyes (hey)/It knows what you're thinking/It comes as no surprise/Christmas lights are blinking!

Want to know what the big man on the BMW campus will be wearing in 2016? You’ve come to the right place, B&B.

AutoBuzz posted a couple of the photos of the upcoming 2016 7 Series — the 730d, in this case — on its Facebook just before 2014 gave way to 2015. The main draw is its new face, sporting a pair of laser headlamps originally used in the i8. It will also have an option to replace its plastic engine cover with leather, a feature available to i8 owners who choose the $10,000 Pure Impulse World package.

The 2016 7 Series — the first to use BMW’s new 35up modular platform — will also undergo a weight-loss regimen, thanks to a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber. The new car could shed as much as 300 to 400 pounds over the current model’s 4,400 base weight, if not more: MotorAuthority believes the big luxury sedan could fall below the current 5 Series’ 3,700 pounds.

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  • avatar
    energetik9

    The 7 isn’t my favorite BMW model. It’s just not a segment I have any interest in, but I know for BMW to be taken seriously in the luxury segment it needs this car. Glad to see some weight reduction and very curious on the laser headlights and I know this isn’t new technology for BMW. Perhaps TTAC should do an article with pros/cons of newer headlight systems.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      The 7 is the reduction ad absurdum of the baby Boomer fad for looking “sporty.”

      In a 3, achieving BMW’s much ballyhooed 50/50 weight distribution by moving everything rearwards makes the world of sense, as it lands the “important person”, the driver, right in the middle between the axles. Where motion is the most subdued, allowing firmer tuning with minimal concessions to ride comfort.

      In the 7, the same layout, coupled with “that other fad” of “airline 1st class” legroom in the rear seat, lands the important person, the back seat passenger (why else buy a 7 with a limo rear seat?), right on top of the rear axle. Where all of BMW’s “sports derived” engineering choices; from short travel, lowered, suspensions, to harder spring rates and aggressive damping, to tires without sidewalls mounted on 24″ rims, to whatever little tire there is being made of solid hard runflat rubber; gang up on the poor sod’s backside. Making sure he never forgets it takes hard work to look good.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    The back end with it’s chrome strip across the tail lights and the exaggerated exhaust tips ought to do wonders for Buick sales, because that’s what it looks like, a Buick

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      That’s a bit harsh. By the way, that chrome strip and those tail pipes have been a design element on the 7 series for years now. It’s not new at all.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Good point, is it unreasonable to think that a 7 series should be ahead of the curve instead of staying with the status quo?

        • 0 avatar
          psarhjinian

          “Good point, is it unreasonable to think that a 7 series should be ahead of the curve instead of staying with the status quo?”

          They tried “ahead of the curve” with the E65 and it got them near-universal scorn.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Corey likes it, but he likes weird cars

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Is it just me, or is their interior design looking tired these days?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Lie2Me

            He would, but he and that 28 guy are just weird guys.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I blame the fact that you and Corey were born under the malaise sign of the automotive zodiac. I find it amazing that you guys even want to drive with PMSD (Post Malaise Stress Disorder)

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Explain today’s young people who were born much later under the mighty sign of fuel injected powah. I suspect if I dangled car keys or an Iphone in front of them, 8 times out of 10 the phone will win out.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            You know, born under the malaise sign, yes. But just barely. And I don’t think anybody in my family actually had a malaise car during my lifetime.

            I started in the back of an 85 Regal coupe. Then they got the awful 88 Dynasty. My grandparents had maybe an 84 Caprice Classic ex-popo (is that malaise?) and an Astro van. Then a 92 New Yorker and an 86 5th Avenue (is that malaise?). My aunt did have the 86 or 88 Corollo-Nova, that seems malaise.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            (Shakes head) Kids today

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            “85 Regal coupe
            88 Dynasty
            84 Caprice Classic
            92 New Yorker
            86 5th Avenue
            88 Corollo-Nova”

            OMG! Those are malaise era poster-cars. You poor dear, how do you even function behind the wheel of a car without going through a vinyl/velour flashback induced fit?

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I didn’t think those were! In my mind, malaise cars had to be like pre-85 and have a carb!

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Well, that was the recovery period, but still a lot of lingering malaise in that list

    • 0 avatar
      krayzie

      I think all the chrome bits on German cars these days are catering to the Chinese market.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        We know that no one understands the Chinese market like Buick, so perhaps you’ve nailed it

        • 0 avatar
          energetik9

          In the end, are these chrome design elements any different than GM and Cadillac throwing chrome rims on everything? Light chrome trim seems common these days. To me though, the back end is looking more Lexus than Buick and that’s not a complement.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I liked the @ss on this one. I feel like they didn’t use this rear design for very many model years. I rarely see it.

            http://i03.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/929/531/104/1275626129144_us-myalibaba-web3_230.jpg

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Corey’s a “Bangle Butt” fan

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Make no mistake, not all of the versions! Just that one. I like the 00-01, then this one. The present versions look too compensatory in the front area, and I don’t dig em.

  • avatar
    Jeff Waingrow

    I’ve been hoping against hope that someone would finally offer a leather engine cover. Thankfully, that day has apparently arrived.

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      Not sure I get this option either. Porsche offers to wrap almost everything in leather, so I guess this is the next level s#^*? It also seems to me the leather could be easily compromised by heat. I’d rather pay for options that improve performance or driving, but hey, I guess this improved the idea of “what’s under the hood”.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Sheesh this was already on Yahoo’s auto section on Friday. It linked to Jalopnik or something.

    My favorite part was someone embedding the photo of the “Laserlight” headlamp with the following comment.

    pew pew, pew pew pew

    • 0 avatar

      Cool story bro

    • 0 avatar

      *strum-strum-strum-strum-lots of strumming!*

      I got laser eyes
      I know what you’re thinking
      It comes as no surprise
      Christmas lights are blinking

      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      I got laser eyes (hey!)
      I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      I got laser eyes (hey!)

      I got laser eyes (hey!)
      I know what you’re thinking (hey!)
      It comes as no surprise
      Christmas lights are blinking

      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      I got laser eyes (hey!)
      I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      I got laser eyes (hey!)

      I got laser eyes (hey!)
      I know what you’re thinking (hey!)
      Christmas lights are true (hey!)
      Christmas lights are blinking (hey!)

      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      I got laser eyes (hey!)
      I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      And I’m so curious
      I got laser eyes (hey!)
      I got laser eyes (hey!)

      Ahhhhhhhh… SUFFRAGETTE!!!

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I can’t believe they’d choose a navy one with black wheels as a debut version, unless the wheels are gonna get changed before the show. Cause they look awful.

    This must be the 730d Allroad with all that ground clearance ;).

  • avatar
    jmo

    And, to compete with the S250 it seems BMW will be offering the 720i in countries with high displacement taxes.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    Nice to see a Bimmer with this price has the Chrysler 200 wheel paint scheme going on.

  • avatar

    Can’t wait to spend $2470 to replace one of those headlamp assemblies. Yay, meaningful progress.

  • avatar
    kmoney

    Looking at the interior shot on this it looks like the 2014+ S-Class is going to eat this things lunch. I used to think the E38 was one of the coolest cars on the road when I was younger, but the following model years seem to have just brought a succession of meh.

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      The e38 was the pinnacle of sedan design. Subsequent versions of the 7 series have been disappointing at best and ridiculous at worst, especially the version that followed the e38. BMW has lost it’s way from a design perspective. I’ve not driven anything newer than my e91 to know if driving dynamics have also been removed.

  • avatar
    JohnnyFirebird

    When I worked at a BMW dealer a few years ago the manager made a mistake of scooping up a bunch (like seven) two-to-three year old 7 series for CPOing. No one bought them. He ended up losing tens of thousands on the purchase, which he made within weeks of going to a new dealership and a new city.

    The blackbook value of a 2008 7 series is pretty eye watering – around 10 grand. Or less than my 2008 Volvo V70 which cost half as much new.

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    To echo Corey’s sentiment above, I’ve seen this interior before– on every car they currently make, save perhaps the Z4. I sat in every current model at the dealer this morning while waiting for an alignment on my car. Are they going to anything new?

    The amazing thing about the BMW interiors is I bet they have less interior bits in common than the old cars did, and yet they manage to look increasingly similar. The E38 and E39 shared HVAC controls, radios, instrument clusters, etc.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Wasn’t LaserLight a CD label in the mid 90’s that put out crap recordings of Classical music?

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