The international arms race in electric vehicles is in full swing.
bmw has unveiled its new fully equipped i7 electric luxury sedan heading to Australia this year.
The zero emission limousine promises revolutionary driving range and a host of high-tech features.
Power comes from a pair of powerful electric motors – one for each axle providing all-wheel drive – that combine to deliver 400kW and 745Nm, making it more powerful than top-performing machines like the BMW M3.
It can complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.
The huge 106 kWh battery provides a range of up to 625 km, which is superior to most electric vehicles sold today.
BMW has focused on using recycled materials in its most luxurious model yet.
The floor coverings are made from synthetic yarns obtained from recycled nylon fibers, including old fishing nets.
Among other things, recycled plastics are widely used in the door panels and the front grille surround.
Recycled plastic bottles were used to make the fabric that covers the ceiling and columns in the new model.
BMW has outfitted the i7 with a plethora of luxury features, and the back seat is the perfect place.
The rear seats recline with an “Executive Lounge” feature that provides calf support and a fold-down center armrest.
There is a panoramic glass sunroof and a 39-speaker stereo system with 4D audio.
BMW isn’t content with simple iPad-style screens for rear-seat passengers and has instead added a huge 31.3-inch panoramic touchscreen that extends down from the roof.
The German brand calls it “Theater Screen” and it turns the second row seats into a private cinema.
The front seats have a curved digital instrument display and a head-up display that easily projects vital information onto the windshield.
The seats are upholstered in soft leather, merino wool and cashmere.
BMW provides a five-year subscription to the Chargefox fast charging network and home charger.
The i7 can take up to 195kW of charging power, below the 350kW that rivals from Porsche and Audi can take.
At top speed, the i7 can increase range by about 100 miles in 10 minutes, or go from 10 percent to 80 percent in 34 minutes.
A home wall charger will most likely fully charge overnight.
The i7 also comes with a six-year service, but BMW only covers its cars with a three-year warranty, well below the standard five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
This year, the i7 will be joined by a petrol version of the 7 Series.
Originally published as 2023 BMW i7 electric car coming to Australia