BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery

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  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    This is the 1996 ZBF 7 Series that eventually paved the way for the E65 7 Series. You can clearly see the 1930s inspired kidney grille design
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    It's designed by Joji Nagashima and all panels were hammered by hand by an Italian coachbuilder. Note the E9-inspired side gills
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    The ZBF is the first BMW concept to feature 20-inch wheels. They were developed by Dunlop and the treading was cut by hand
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    Inside, the similarities with t he E65 are jsut as obvious. Chris Bengal definitely got a few ideas from Nagashima
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    The 1996 ZBF even had iDrive before it became a thing on BMW production models
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    The board of directors loved Nagashima's concept, but for some reason we got the E65
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    The ZBF 7 Series was actually a fully-drivable concept car. In fact, one of the board directors wanted to drive it to an event
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
    Swipe up to learn more about the ZBF 7er. Also, do you prefer its looks to those of the E65?
  • BMW's Return to The Big Grille Dates Back to 1996 and This 7 Series Concept Proves It - gallery
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