Here are the latest spy photos of the next generation BMW 7 Series as it performs brake system testing in the south of France. With its debut back in 2001 and mid-cycle facelift in 2005, the new top-of-the-range sedan is expected to be revealed sometime in 2008 as a 2009 model. The new 7-Series is expected to grow in size and become more elegant with less controversial exterior design. Technical highlights include an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel-drive X-Drive system. The transmission’s shift lever moves from the steering column back down to the center console and the car’s central user interface known as iDrive will become more user friendly. Engines will range from the 3.0 liter 272hp straight-6, new S65 414hp V8 first introduced in the E92 M3 and the existing 6.0-liter N73 V12 engine.