No list of luxury vehicles can be complete without mentioning the BMW 7 series. It is at the absolute pinnacle of refinement which makes it one of the contenders for the title of the best luxury sedans in the world.
The face of opulence has a new name. The all-electric BMW i7 now stands separate from its ICE counterparts by delivering BMW’s promise of combining performance with luxury.
This means that now you can drive around in a lap of luxury with zero tailpipe emissions.
As the battery is one of the most significant parts of an EV, let’s first discuss the battery that BMW has put on the i7. It is a massive 105.7 kWh battery out of which 101.7 kWh will be usable.
Due to this heavy-duty battery, the BMW i7 weighs around 450 kg more than the ICE powered newly launched BMW 7 series vehicles.
Motor & Its Output Power
The all-new BMW i7 has two separate motors that are placed at the front and the rear axies.
The front motor produces 190 kW and 365 Nm whereas the rear motor is more powerful with 230 kW and 380 Nm torque.
This means that the vehicle has a total of 420 kW power and 745 Nm torque which are imposing figures.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 on the other hand has 385 kW power and 828 Nm torque.
While the Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 has a 0 to 97 kph time of around 4.1 seconds, the i7 will do the same in 4.5 seconds.
According to the German automaker, the vehicle is capable of charging up to 195 kW. Thus, it adds 128 km of range with just 10 minutes of charging with this quite impressive setup.
The mega battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in just 34 minutes and based on the EPA rating, it has a range of around 482 km on a full charge.
However, the top tier Mercedes-Benz EQS claims to have a range of 563 km which is around 80 km more than the i7.
This can keep buyers away from the i7 and inclined towards the Mercedes-Benz EQS because the range is one of the most controversial points of the whole EV segment.
Exterior Design Is Contentious
While it’s a matter of personal choices, the exterior design of the new BMW i7, just like the ICE 7 series, has raised eyebrows.
The split headlight design makes the front end highly provocative. Besides this, the front part of the car has a large kidney grille which has become a signature attribute of the latest BMW vehicles.
The blue-tinged edges of the grille separate the i7 from the regular versions of the car.
The rear end is mostly similar to the gasoline-powered 7 series vehicles however, the EV, as expected, lacks the tailpipes.
What Is New On The Interior?
The interior of the car is identical to the ICE variants. It is loaded with premium quality materials including wood, leather and crystals.
The i7 carries forward the premium feel you would expect from BMW’s flagship sedan.
A Massive 8K Display
However, the latest addition to the i7 and other variants this time is that the vehicles now have a 31-inch 8K screen that folds down from the roof.
It streams Amazon Fire TV which means that you can enjoy your favourite shows while on the go in this latest sedan from BMW.
The all-new BMW i7 has got it all. It’s big, it’s ostentatious, it’s powerful and it has zero tailpipe emissions, plus it’s got the jaw-dropping acceleration.
So, if you can get over the relatively uninviting front end of the car, it is one of the best luxury sedans out there and a definite rival to the Mercedes Benz EQS.