A brief clip of the next-generation BMW 7-Series testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife has emerged with this particular test mule evidently installed with a roaring V8 engine.
Details about the V8 engine featured remain scarce but it is likely to be an upgraded variant of the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged unit currently offered across many BMW M models. Elsewhere in the range, three, four and six-cylinder engines will be offered in petrol and diesel derivatives.
Beyond the engines, we know that the 2016 BMW 7-Series will adopt a new chassis combining both aluminium and carbon fibre and could weigh 204 kg less than the outgoing platform. Additionally, recent rumours have suggested that the next-generation BMW 7-Series will adopt the German marque’s new range of inline six-cylinder engines as part of BMWs new modular engine architecture.
Styling wise, the 2016 BMW 7-Series will feature an entirely new fascia alongside redesigned headlights which can be ordered with BMW’s new laserlight technology. The side lines have also been heavily revised while at the rear, the evolutionary new design becomes even more apparent in the images above. Sleek taillights can be found alongside a prominent chrome accent and slimlined chrome tailpipes.