BMW is close to fully introducing the new i7 as its flagship electric sedan
The 2023 BMW i7 will be fully unveiled at the New York Motor Show next month.
BMW introduced the electric 7 Series at the company’s annual conference and announced that the brand’s electric flagship will come with a range of up to 610 kilometers.
Although full details have not yet been confirmed, rumors are rumored that the i7 eDrive will share most of the power with the iX SUV, and the limousine will be offered in three different versions: an entry-level rear-wheel drive version and a mid-wheel version. range version. all-wheel drive version and best M model.
The high-performance i7 M guise will offer 580km and a maximum of 455kW (compatible with the iX M60), indicating that the sedan will deliver 1100Nm of torque and 0-100km / h in about four seconds or less. .
The coffin grille, a trademark of BMW, will also have LED contours complete with bright LED headlights and fully automatic doors, which is part of its banquet.
Inside, crystal-illuminated decorations greet passengers, while a 31-inch screen sliding down from the ceiling offers 32-9 screens and 8K streaming images for rear-seat passengers.
The new 7 series will also be offered with petrol, hybrid and all-electric engine options, and full specifications will be announced next month.
The 2023 BMW i7 will debut at the New York Motor Show on April 15, 2022, and the local presence is approaching presentation in Australia.
BMW will stop production of V12 after 35 years
For more than thirty years, the large V12 engine in the flagship 7 Series models will soon be gone.
UPDATE: A BMW Australian spokesman told Wheels that the latest V12-powered BMW M760Li will be delivered this year.
“We can confirm that the V12 will not be offered in the next-generation BMW 7 Series,” a company spokesman said.
The latest version will remain exclusive to the US market and will not be available to Australian buyers.
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BMW announced in June that it would stop production of the V12 engine.
A few days after development director Frank Weber confirmed that BMW would continue to develop six-cylinder and V8 engines, the company announced that it had stopped the V12 engine after 35 years of uninterrupted production.
U.S. buyers will be offered some of the latest 12 M760i cars to be built with unique badges, wheels and a custom-designed coupe to remind them of their purchases.
It’s easy to paint individually for each of the 12 car owners’ special edition models with more than 80 colors to choose from in the BMW Individual catalog.
BMW will also introduce a new headlight design similar to the X7 SUV. Instead of single headlights, there will be split daytime running lights and driving lights above.
Details of the power unit have not yet been announced, but BMW’s modular CLAR platform under the i4 and iX should also support the i7. This groupes the electric motor, transmission and electronics into one unit, reduces production time and makes it lighter – increases the driving distance. The xDrive50 is expected to be powered by 385 kW and two-wheel drive.
The technical parameters should be similar to the speed of 0-100 km / h in about 4.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 200 km / h. The more affordable version of the XDrive40 will probably be offered at about 240 kW, but has a slower six-second speed of 0-100 km / h.
After more than thirty years of evolution, the 2022 BMW G12 760Li xDrive 448 kW / 850 Nm 6.6-liter N74 twin-turbo V12 almost doubles the performance of BMW’s first 12-cylinder engine.
BMW introduced the 5.0-liter M70 V12 in 1987 on the E32 750iL and produced 220 kW and 450 Nm – considering that the Holden VL Commodore 5.0-liter V8 produced 122 kW and 323 Nm in the same year. big numbers for this period.
The M70 gave birth to the S70 thanks to engineers at the BMW M, and now produces 279 kW and 550 Nm on the 5.6-liter V12 E31 850CSi.
The S70 / 2 is undoubtedly the most popular BMW V12, behind the McLaren F1, producing 461 kW and 650 Nm.
BMW produced the M73 between 1993 and 2002, boosted James Bond’s E38 750iL in the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies, and also entered the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph.
The N73 was the first production V12 to use direct injection with two versions of the engine developed between 2003 and 2016 to fit both the E65 / E66 7 Series and the Rolls-Royce Phantom. It was also the first V12 series to accept both petrol and hydrogen with the BMW Hydrogen 7, produced between 2005 and 2007.
The latest V12, developed by BMW, is the N74, manufactured since 2008 and installed on many 7 Series models, as well as selected Rolls-Royce models.
Although the 12-cylinder engine will no longer be produced for BMW cars, Rolls-Royce is expected to continue to offer the V12 in some markets until 2030, when the luxury brand will switch to fully electric units.