BMW has just launched the sixth generation of its 7 Series luxury car.
The new 2016 7 Series is built with a short wheelbase and a long wheelbase, but the U.S. only gets the long-wheelbase version. Elsewhere, the long 7 is designated with an "L" label.
With a comprehensive engineering strategy, the new 7 weighs almost 300 lbs. less than a similarly equipped predecessor.
Beneath the conservative exterior, however, the new 7-series platform contains some major changes. What BMW is calling its “Carbon Core” structure (with a badge to that effect on the B-pillar) is in fact a mix of carbon-reinforced plastic, aluminum, and high-strength steel.