Its seems the powers that be over at BMW HQ were reading DCB (ahem!) after we published a post on the new 7 Series being anonymously revealed because now they have released full details of the 2016 model.
And new means new from the ground up as they say, new sleeker exterior styling, a more luxurious interior and a 130kg drop in weight due in part to a new hybrid build process which uses carbon fiber peppered throughout the construction.
The six-cylinder, in-line diesel and petrol engines are totally revised and a plug-in hybrid model will join the range with a reputed range of 25 miles in pure electric mode.
On the outside the redesigned kidney grille incorporates flaps that can open and close to regulate the airflow and temperature of the engine. Optional laser headlights are available over the standard LED light clusters.
The 7 Series will come with a number of styling packages in accordance to the model spec and will include the M Sport styling package but be prepared to pay £3950 for the privilege. A total of four model variants will be offered to UK oligarchs.
Short and long wheel base models will continue to be offered but at a price premium of £3650, the new 7 Series is 19mm longer and 7 mm higher than the outgoing mode.
On the inside is a familiar looking interior that is more a cautious redesign, elements of the out going model are retained. A digital instrument binnacle are new additions and the 7 Series is sure to be fully loaded with the latest infotainment systems and comfort features you can buy.
Of particular interest is the optional gesture control, a sensor is able to detect hand motions which in turn allows the occupants to control auxiliary functions such as the telephone and volume controls for the sound system without the need to physically press buttons.
The UK market will initially get two engines the 730d 119g/km turbo-diesel and the 3.0-litre, 321bhp turbocharged six cylinder petrol unit which has emissions of just 119g/km, both engines have received engineering upgrades for improved performance and increased efficiency.
The Twin-Turbo, 444bhp V8 engine will arrive next mid next year, BMW might well introduce a twin-turbo V12 engine later on in the product life-cycle. All engines will get the new 8-speed gearbox.
BMW have revised the suspension setup, air suspension is adopted at the front and rear, previously it was just the rear. A new electro-hydraulically operated roll bar, which is an advanced anti-roll bar system, will be offered up as an optional extra. Rear wheel steering will also be offered for both rear and four wheel drive variants.
UK plutocrats will be glad to hear that the new 7 Series will cost from £64k for 730d and £72k for the 740i and will be available to order in November with first deliveries expected early 2016.