Part 2: BMW 7 Series Goes Light And Limber

Part 2: BMW 7 Series Goes Light And Limber


With the all-new BMW 7 Series, BMW has redefined what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form.

Ground-breaking technologies in the areas of lightweight design, powertrains, chassis, operating systems, intelligent connectivity and interior ambience underline its mission to bring together unbeatable driving pleasure and long-distance comfort in a luxury sedan.

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The handing over of the baton from one generation to the next at the top end of BMW’s model line-up sees the brand presenting a raft of innovations unmatched by any of its rivals.

3. BMW’s EfficientLightweight

BMW’s EfficientLightweight programme simultaneously lowers weight and increases vehicle rigidity by using the right materials for the right parts. This is testament to the impressive innovation leadership at BMW, the only major car manufacturer that relies on ultralight and highly rigid carbon fibre (CFRP) as a key material.

A core element of BMW EfficientLightweight in the BMW 7 Series is to use an innovative mixed construction for the body. Using steel, aluminium and in particular innovative carbon fibre (carbon fibre–reinforced plastic, CFRP) not only meets all the requirements for driving dynamics and comfort, but also sets whole new standards in the luxury class.

The application of aluminium, highly rigid steel, magnesium and CFRP, from which the Carbon Core is created, contribute to the massive, targeted reduction in vehicle weight, while at the same time increasing vehicle stability. This is evident by a reduction in weight of up to 130kg in comparison with the previous generation, in spite of extended comfort and safety functions.

In addition, the intelligent hybrid construction and weight-optimising joining technologies work together to guarantee a balanced distribution of mass and further lower the centre of gravity.

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4. Carbon Core

Together with a consistent weight reduction from the broad concept down to the smallest detail, Carbon Core technology achieves an almost perfect 50:50 axle load distribution and drops the centre of gravity even further. In short, this spells out the ideal car DNA for maximum driving comfort while still boasting an improvement in handling and agility as well as low fuel consumption and emissions.

In this way, BMW EfficientDynamics intelligently connects the ultimate in efficiency with maximum driving dynamics, and demonstrates its technological capabilities in the field of innovative lightweight construction.

5. Lower CO2

As well as developing lightweight construction concepts and an intelligent mix of materials, the BMW EfficientLightweight programme also stands for consistent detail optimisation in all components.

With these developments, BMW EfficientLightweight sets new standards in intelligent lightweight construction. In comparison to the comparable model of the previous generation, the new BMW 7 Series saves an additional 25% in CO2 emissions.

This saving occurs along the entire value chain (from raw material extraction to production, transport distances to recycling), through optimized production processes (optimised usage of materials, renewable energies in BMW production) and sustainable product features (secondary aluminium, recycled thermoplastic synthetic materials).

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The BMW Group has a long tradition of leading the automotive future. We believe the best way to predict the future is to create it. With the BMW 7 Series we are creating tomorrow’s luxury today. Thanks to game-changing innovations, benchmarking comfort and contemporary design as well as dynamics that are both impressive and highly efficient. Visit our website here.