A new 2016 BMW 7-Series prototype has been spied testing on the Nurburgring and this particular example could be fitted with a powerful V8 engine.

Not too long ago, BMW confirmed that the next-generation BMW 7-Series will utilise carbon fibre in its construction. Of course, the launch of the next 7-Series in 2015 will follow on from the i3 and i8 both of which utilise carbon fibre extensively. It is believed that the car will utilise a chassis combining both aluminium and carbon chassis which could aid in a drastic 204 kg weight reduction over the outgoing BMW 7-Series model.

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Beneath the new lightweight body, a host of engines will be available for the new 7-Series. While manufacturers are indeed adopting smaller and smaller engines, we expect range-topping V12s to be available. Additionally, a pair of petrol and diesel turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engines are set to be used as well as an improved V8.

Due to the heavy camouflage which this prototype is wearing, it is hard to tell what the finished design will be like. However, we do expect the new 7-Series to take design inspiration from the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show a few months ago.

Recently, the interior of the BMW 7-Series was photographed and it featured a very similar dashboard design to the existing 5-Series and 6-Series with it including similar gauges and the same infotainment screen. Of course, the car in question was just a mule meaning many of the interior features could change rather dramatically.

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