BMW officially unveils the i7 M70 xDrive at the ongoing Shanghai Motor Show 2023 making it the fastest EV from the Bavarian car marque.
BMW i7 M70 xDrive was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show as the fastest EV from the German carmaker. After the success of the i4 and iX, BMW adds the new all-electric performance model to the 7-Series lineup. It uses the 5th generation BMW eDrive technology that offers a more efficient powertrain and charging technology. The EV poses a challenge to the likes of the Porsche Taycan, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Audi RS e-tron, etc.
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BMW i7 M70 xDrive Specs
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive is backed by a 101.7 kWh battery that offers a range of 488 – 560 km (303 – 348 miles, WLTP cycle). It powers two electric motors for an AWD configuration generating a mammoth 660 hp and 1,100 Nm of peak power and torque with the M Sport Boost Function. This propels the performance EV from 0-100 km/h in just 3.7 secs while the top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
There is also a Max Range Mode that restricts the drive power of the EV and allows a top speed of just 56 mph (90 km/h). A 22 kW AC charging comes standard while there is a 195 kW DC fast charging option that can recharge the EV for a range of 170 km (106 miles) in just 10 mins. The drive unit has a six-phase design with a dual inverter.
|BMW i7 M70 xDrive||Specs|
|Range||303 – 348 mi (488 – 560 km)|
|Power / Torque||660 hp / 1,100 Nm (w/ M Sport Boost function)|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||3.7 secs|
|195 kW DC Fast Charging||10 mins for 170 km (106 mi)|
|Top Speed||250 km/h (155 mph)|
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BMW i7 M70 xDrive Design & Dimensions
The all-electric BMW M Performance model uses an M-specific chassis. It features M exterior mirrors with a distinctive twin-stalk design, the BMW kidney grille with M badging, and 21-inch Jet Black M light-alloy wheels with high-gloss metal inserts. It has a length of 5,391 mm, a width of 1,950 mm, a height of 1,544 mm, and a wheelbase of a generous 3,215 mm. The EV weighs 2770 kg (Unladen EU).
|Length||5,391 mm (212.2 in)|
|Width||1,950 mm (76.8 in)|
|Height||1,544 mm (60.8 in)|
|Wheelbase||3,215 mm (126.6 in)|
Features & Safety
The list of features on the i7 is as extensive as one would expect from the flagship offering of BMW. This includes things like Augmented View for the driver, BMW Operating System 8.5, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and Voice-Controlled Assistant, BMW ConnectedDrive, BMW Remote Software Upgrades, Personal eSIM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Reclining Rear Seats, unique BMW Theatre Screen, and Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System with optional in-seat exciters.
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On the safety front, the EV comes with Active Roll Stabilization with Active Roll Comfort, Adaptive two-axle Air Suspension with Automatic Self-Levelling, Parking/ Manoeuvre Assistant, and Integrated Collision Protection functions for the automatic doors. The worldwide launch is slated for the second half of 2023. For reference, the entry level i7 costs over US$120,000 but this performance spec will be significantly more expensive.