It's not the kind of launch you want a new range-topping luxosedan to endure. This morning, photos of the new 2009 BMW 7-Series ended up splashed across the Interwebs, through Flickr. It's uncertain if some dope put these embargoed pics on their account and thought they were marked "private" or if they liberally applied the fair-use doctrine to their own timeline.
Whatever the case, here are the lo-res versions of the 7-Series galleries minus all the Photoshop festooning applied to those Euro hooligans. The official word and pics on the 7er come down next week, and we'll bring you more on it then--as well as from the Paris auto show in October. Meanwhile, savor the somewhat soft-focus shots of the 7-Series' new tail, markedly cleaner interior, and more refined silhouette.