German media is reporting the next generation BMW 7-Series will lose up to 170 kg (375 lbs).

German media is reporting the next generation BMW 7-Series will lose up to 170 kg (375 lbs).

According to Auto Zeitung, Bavaria's flagship model is going to shave off as much as 170 kg as a result of using carbon fiber reinforced plastic, high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium in the car's construction. The same source mentions we should expect the 7-Series to have a more balanced weight distribution while the center of gravity will be lowered compared to today's model.

From previous reports we found both the standard wheelbase (G11) and long wheelbase (G12) 7-Series models will be offered with an extensive array of high-tech options including Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless charging and a Bowers & Wilkins sound system. Also on the menu are laser headlights and an Advanced Parking Assist Package, with the latter likely to be detailed in January at CES.

Set to receive an evolutionary design, the 2016 BMW 7-Series will be offered with a wide variety of engines, including a V12 6.6-liter from the Rolls-Royce Ghost & Wraith which is expected to deliver as much as 600 HP (441 kW). There should also be a couple of plug-in hybrids offering an electric range of up to 62 miles (100 km).

The next generation BMW 7-Series will likely premiere in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Next-gen BMW 7-Series could lose up to 170 kg