Once we first noticed the covers pull again on the BMW i7 and 760i, there have been audible gasps from the assembled journalists. It’s a surprising automotive visible as a lot as it’s daring technically. The outside design was and nonetheless is difficult (regardless that it’s turning into extra compelling with time). However it was the technical side of what BMW was doing with the i7 and the 760i that was so novel; providing each electrical and an M derived ICE powertrain on one platform. How may BMW do each with out making sacrifices? It seems BMW has finished simply that and within the course of constructed probably the most compelling 7 Collection in 20 years.
In reality this new 7 Collection may simply be probably the most spectacular new BMW in years full cease. Based mostly on a modular structure modifications the size of the 7 Collection, it’s a tour de power of luxurious, expertise and efficiency that takes it to the highest of the luxurious section and into Rolls Royce and Bentley territory. Belief us, we had been simply as shocked experiencing it for the primary time as you’re studying this.
This new 7 Collection additionally introduces a brand new (and contentious) new design path for the model that’s nothing if not daring. However that daring look (maybe not surprisingly) has rapidly aged effectively since its introduction this spring and in particular person look a bit extra tolerable. In reality if it wasn’t for the extreme entrance overhang (certainly dictated by pedestrian security requirements) this may be probably the most fascinating BMW design in a decade.
However you possibly can’t discuss concerning the design of the automotive with out relating it’s general presence. The brand new 7 Collection has grown by 5.1 inches in size to 212.2, by 1.9 inches in width to 76.8, and by 2 inches in top to 60.8. It is a massive boy that calls for consideration in not simply its look however in its dimension. And but it was the best way it drove that actually impressed.
The 2023 BMW i7 vs the 760i
Each of those vehicles are wonderful at being 7 Collection and possess the entire greatest qualities you’d need a big sedan with a roundel. And each had been surprisingly participating as driver’s vehicles. Nonetheless it was the BMW i7 that instantly stood out. Not has an electrical rocket ship just like the Mannequin S or Lucid Air. Its character is far more effectively rounded and centered on being each the final word driving machine in addition to the final word government transportation. Even driving the lately launched Rolls Royce Ghost Black Badge strengthened the purpose that the i7 has a respectable declare to the perfect driver oriented luxurious automotive on the earth.
The i7 is easy efficiency in magnificence and class eclipsing each rival we’ve pushed – together with the brand new Mercedes EQS.
From the serene roads of Palm Springs to the mountain canyons above the Cochella Valley, the i7 xDrive60i was close to faultless. Motivated by a entrance and yr motor producing 536 hp and 549 lbs of torque, the i7 is fast however surprisedly not as fast because the ICE 760i. However regardless of that the i7 felt extra succesful in each state of affairs we threw at it. The fluidity of this 5,917 lbs automotive going from apex to apex and and the suggestions was surprising. Whereas the steering wheel really feel isn’t compelling, the suggestions builds linearly and persistently. However extra spectacular is how the suspension offers with all of it whereas nonetheless delivering a way of confidence and even enthusiasm for corners. This 6,000 lbs automotive confirmed an eagerness and even precision on our mountains street check route that didn’t initially compute. How may a automotive this massive and heavy really feel this good?
A 101 kWh battery delivers 318 miles of vary however we noticed estimates of close to 350 with spirited driving. With DC quick charging getting you 80 miles in 10 minutes or from 10% to 80% cost in 34 minutes. This isn’t the 800 watt structure you see elsewhere however given the state of charging infrastructure within the US I’m undecided you’ll miss all of it that a lot.
Again to again with the 1,000 lbs lighter, M engined (S68) 760i was much more surprising. With a lot weight so low, the i7 was capable of really feel each keen and easy. There’s no query that, on paper, the 760i is all the things that we might have most popular. With an M engineered S68 engine below the hood, the 760i has an output of 536 hp and 553 lbs of torque – virtually similar to the i7. Given the load you’d assume the 760i could be the motive force’s automotive right here. But all the things that an amazing electrical drivetrain offers seems to be precisely what you need in a automotive just like the 7 collection. Easy acceleration, an eagerness in corners and an general seamless expertise is what the final word driving machine on this class ought to be.
The Know-how within the New 2023 BMW i7 and 760i
However numbers solely imply a lot and this can be a BMW. Extra importantly this can be a 7 Collection which has a historical past of ushering in new expertise because it was launched within the 70s. Right here we’ve the primary totally electrical 7 Collection because the headline. However dig deeper and the modifications are even better. Within the rear you have got that the huge rear display with Amazon Hearth integration and a HD digicam for Zoom calls. Within the doorways are small (phone-like) Android gadgets that permit rear seat passengers to manage nearly all the things within the automotive. Then there’s the reclining rear seat and footrest that allowed all 6′ 2″ of me to put again in whole bliss whereas I watched the most recent Rings of Energy episode.
Upfront the tech is in every single place. iDrive 8 is right here together with the huge twin screens that debuted on the iX. Additionally listed below are the complicated seat controls and crystal finishes. However the place the iX felt a bit hurried, the brand new 7 Collection feels honed.
Doorways open mechanically with a button (or your cellphone) and interface sits on the glass trim itself contained in the automotive. The shifter is now a really small lever that feels so intuitive that you just marvel why it took BMW so lengthy to get up to now.
However the highest for us was the Freeway Help. Permitting for whole management of the automotive as much as 82 mph, Freeway Help is a sport changer for street journey because it takes over full management of driving on all main highways within the US. And with a price of solely $2,100 it really feels moderately priced given what it might probably do.
The 2023 BMW i7 and 760i – Conclusions
BMW has a historical past during the last twenty years of not holding something sacred and never being afraid to rethink a number of the very core facets of the model. Right here, in a quest to rethink what luxurious might be, BMW has rethought virtually each side of exterior and inside design, human interface and even what powers the automotive. The 2023 BMW 7 Collection as a lot a revolution for the model as it’s a rethink of the 7 Collection itself. And as nice because the M engined 760i is, no the place is that extra evident than the all electrical i7 mannequin.
That is BMW’s first actual try and electrifying a product core to the model heritage. And from our first impressions behind the wheel, BMW has pulled off the seemingly unattainable by providing all the things whereas giving up nothing.