The next-generation BMW 7 Series has just been spied testing on the Nurburgring. Although it has yet to drop its camouflage, which makes sense considering the launch date is at least one year away, the upcoming 7 Series is shaping up into quite the nimble sedan.

Granted, the 7 Series is not the kind of car you’d expect to see on the ’Ring on a daily basis, but the Germans are planning to turn the full-size car into a "Green Hell" regular. BMW’s intentions toward setting new standards in the luxury class with the 2016 7 Series are already a fact, so we might as well get used to seeing the sedan burn some rubber on the Nordschleife.

The next 7 Series will face stiff competition from the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and track testing will only help improve the Bimmer’s driving dynamics. With BMW shaving about 450 pounds off its curb weight by means of lightweight construction and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic parts, track testing is crucial in the process of establishing a well-balanced recipe for the road. The next 7 Series might be more of a driver’s BMW than any of its predecessors.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 7 Series.

2016 BMW 7 Series Details

Video: 2016 BMW 7 Series Testing At Nurburgring Exterior Spyshots
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Styling-wise, the 2016 7 Series is still a mystery, but expect an evolutionary design approach to reside under the swirly wrap. A slimmer and wider front grille, skinnier headlamps, a revised trunk lid, and reshaped taillights are the main details you should keep an eye out for on the next-gen sedan.

As far as powertrains go, expect a plethora of gasoline and diesel engines to motivate both the standard and the long-wheelbase version. The base models and the diesel-powered models carry six-cylinder units under the hood, with a more powerful sedan to make use of a V-8 powerplant. At the top of the range, the V-12 mill will remain king with more than 500 horsepower on tap.

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