BMW introduced a new generation of Series 7, which will redefine travel and comfort of the highest calibre. At the same time, the company also debuted its first plug-in hybrid version of the flagship limousine.

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The body structure is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which helps to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7 Series models by up to 130 kilograms (287 lbs) compared to previous generation. The new Series transferred the know-how and advantages of electromobility and innovative engine technology from the all-electric BMW i Series.

BMW Series 7 is the first vehicle in its class to use industrially-manufactured carbon fibre in combination with maximum-strength steel and aluminium in the body structure, often referred to as the ''carbon core'', thus optimising vehicle weight and strength. It introduces an updated V8 engine and six-cylinder in-line variants of the 740e plug-in hybrid (the long-wheelbase BMW 740Le and the BMW 740Le xDrive with intelligent all-wheel drive), powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, which together generate total system output of 240 kW/326 hp. The BMW 740e records combined fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres (134.5 mpg imp) and a combined electric power consumption of 12.5 kWh per 100 kilometres. CO2 emissions stand at 49 grams per kilometre.

The BMW eDrive technology enables all-electric, locally emission-free driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph) and with a range of up to 40 kilometres (25 miles).

June 15, 2015 Driving photo: BMW

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