BMW has unveiled the seventh iteration of its 7 Series luxury sedan. With the electric propulsion automobiles designated the i7, the new BMW 7 Series is available in IC, hybrid, and EV configurations.
The new BMW 7 series was unveiled in four different versions: 735i, 740i, 760i xDrive, and the i7 xDrive60.
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The 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine in the entry-level BMW 735i delivers 282bhp and 425Nm of peak torque. The 735i’s engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. The 735i accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and tops off at 250 km/h.
The 740i, which employs the same engine as the 735i, is the next car in line. The 740i’s 3.0-litre straight six engine produces 375bhp and 540Nm of peak torque, which is transmitted to the rear wheels via an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The BMW 740i accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour.
The 4.4-litre twin-tubo V8 found under the hood of the new 760i XDrive will be the most powerful petrol engine when the new 7 Series comes in November. The V8 engine develops 536 horsepower and 750 Nm of peak torque, which is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automated transmission. The BMW 760i xDrive accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h.
xDrive, and the i7 xDrive60.
The i7 xDrive60 is the lone EV option right out of the gate. The twin motor configuration on the i7 xDrive60 delivers 536bhp and 745Nm of peak torque. The i7 xDrive60 accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in just 4.7 seconds and has an electronically regulated top speed of 240 kilometres per hour.
The 101.7kWh battery pack in the i7 xDrive60 provides a range of 625 kilometres on a single charge. The battery pack is compatible with 195kW DC fast charging, which can charge it from 10% to 80% in 34 minutes. It will take about 9.5 hours to charge using the onboard charger and a 3-phase 11kW AC outlet.
In 2023, BMW will introduce a slew of new powertrains for the new 7 Series. These include gasoline and diesel vehicles, as well as a hybrid system that will be available in two versions: 750e xDrive and 760e xDrive. The 750e xDrive will have a max torque of 700Nm and 486 horsepower. With 563bhp and 800Nm, the 760e xDrive will be the most powerful of the two. BMW has also confirmed that a more powerful version of the EV, the i7 xDrive M70, will be released next year with 651bhp.