2016 BMW 9 Series Specs and Review

In last Beijing Auto Show, BMW revealed its brand new flagship car which is named as 2016 BMW 9 Series. The 9-series will be positioned alongside the Rolls-Royce Ghost in BMW’s global lineup, and is expected to feature packaging and interior appointments similar to that of the S600 Maybach while building upon the design language recently seen in the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe.

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The new BMW 9 Series is aimed at taking BMW’s “thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further,” according to Adrian van Hooydonk, the Senior VP of BMW design. The BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept is clearly indicative of what is to come of the BMW brand in the next five years. With this significant unveil has come questions surrounding whether this svelte concept will be the basis for the BMW 9-series, a hyperluxury sedan capable of competing with the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce.

Exterior

We expect many of great features carry over the future BMW 9 Series including ultra-thin laser headlamps, organic LED tail tamps, a more sculptured trunk design and tailpipes that are completely integrated into the rear bumper. The Vision Future Luxury’s most striking feature is that it does not have full B-pillars. Lightweight carbon-fiber bars serve as B-pillars, connecting the front and rear windows when the doors close. But below the belt line, the B-pillars morph into a carbon fiber seat frame that is integrated into the load-bearing structure.

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The B-pillar is barely noticeable when the doors are open, but provides adequate body rigidity and side impact protection without adding much weight, BMW says. The use of carbon B-pillars also means that the concept has wide-opening coach doors without a heavy weight penalty seen on ultra-luxury models with wide doors such as the Roll-Royce Ghost.

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Interior

Inside the cabin, BMW said it applied a design principle it calls “subtractive modeling,” which involves fusing together thin layers of carbon fabric, aluminum and wood and leather to make lightweight interior parts. Instead of a central information display for the driver and front passenger, the concept has separate displays for driver and passenger. Information can be exchanged between driver and front passenger via a touch-sensitive panel.

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Applications such as booking show tickets online via the BMW ConnectedDrive Luxury Concierge service can be displayed on the passenger display, without distracting the driver. Two rear-seat displays are housed carbon-fiber shells. There is also a detachable rear seat touch command tablet. The display screens in the rear can communicate with the front displays and also with the BMW ConnectedDrive services, allowing rear passengers to access online entertainment content such as video and music streaming.

Technology

BMW was clearly concerned about fuel efficiency with the Vision Concept, as it would enter a class where thirsty, large-displacement W/V12s are the norm. The vehicle gets a dose of BMW’s well-known EfficientDynamics weight-saving/aerodynamics, with an Air Breather system at the rear of the front wheel arch, carbon air deflectors on the front bumper, and a design that makes for a minimal drag coefficient. Aluminum and carbon fiber abound throughout the body and construction, meaning that the Vision Concept, when in production, will likely be one of the most efficient vehicles in its class.

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Price and Release Date

The 2016 BMW 9 Series is expected to be available in the market in 2016. Meanwhile, there is no further information regarding its price range. It is very likely that the pricing of 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach and Rolls-Royce Ghost will affect 9 Series’ price range.

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