The 2023 BMW i7 electric car is coming to Australia
The international arms race for electric cars is in full swing.
BMW has unveiled its new fully-featured i7 electric luxury sedan which is heading to Australia this year.
The zero-emission limo promises revolutionary range and a host of high-tech features.
It’s not cheap, however, priced at $297,900 (before road charges). It joins BMW’s growing range of electric vehicles which includes the iX3 and iX SUVs and the i4 sedan.
Power comes from a pair of mighty electric motors – one on each axle providing all-wheel drive – which combine for 400kW and 745Nm, making it more powerful than top-flight performance machines such as the BMW M3 .
It can complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.
A massive 106kWh battery provides a range of up to 625km, which exceeds most electric vehicles on sale today.
BMW has emphasized the use of recycled materials in its most luxurious model.
The flooring is made from synthetic yarns produced from recycled nylon fibers, including old fishing nets.
Recycled plastics are widely used in door panels and grille surrounds, among other things.
Recycled plastic bottles were also used to produce the fabric that covers the ceiling and pillars of the new model.
BMW has packed the i7 with plenty of luxury features and the backseat is the sweet spot.
The rear seats recline with an “Executive Lounge” feature that offers calf support and a fold-down center armrest.
There’s a panoramic glass sunroof and a 39-speaker stereo with 4D audio.
BMW isn’t content with simple iPad-style screens for rear passengers and has instead added a massive 31.3-inch widescreen touchscreen that extends from the roof.
The German brand dubs it the “Theatre Screen” and transforms the second-row seats into a private cinema.
The front seats are equipped with a curved digital instrument screen and head-up display that projects vital information onto the windshield that is easy to back up.
The seats are upholstered in a combination of soft leather, merino wool and cashmere.
BMW offers a five-year subscription to the Chargefox fast charging network and a home wallbox charger.
The i7 can accept a charging rate of up to 195 kW, which is less than the 350 kW that rivals from Porsche and Audi can accept.
At its top speed, the i7 can add around 100 miles of range in 10 minutes or go from 10 to 80 percent in 34 minutes.
The home wall box charger will most likely give a full charge overnight.
The i7 also comes with six years of maintenance included, but BMW only covers its vehicles with a three-year warranty, well below the industry-standard five-year/unlimited km warranty.
The i7 will also be joined this year by a petrol version of the 7 Series.