WHAT IT IS:
The 7 Series is BMW’s largest and most luxurious sedan, as well as its most important model. The 7 has long been Bavaria’s answer to Stuttgart’s S-Class, having been introduced in the late 1970s. It’s supposed to represent the best of BMW, and it’s always had a variety of engine options and wheelbase lengths. It has been the driver’s choice among large luxury automobiles for most of its history.
WHY IT MATTERS:
This enormous Bimmer aims to show that it still has a place in an SUV-dominated world. It will still be able to function as eminently comfortable and luxury escorted transportation with this new generation—the 7’s seventh. It should also be good enough to drive for owners who don’t want to be dragged around. Recent 7 Series models have fallen short in this area, so we’re crossing our fingers that the next-generation model delivers just as much “ultimate driving machine” as cutting-edge infotainment, safety, and advanced driver aid technology.
PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN:
The 2023 BMW 7 Series will be based on the same modular design as the current i4 and will come with a variety of propulsion options. The turbocharged I-6 and V-8 engines from the present 7 Series are likely to be retained, and they may provide slightly more power. Due to tougher worldwide emissions restrictions, the V-12 featured in the M760Li will almost certainly be shuffled off its gas-fueled coil. Power will be routed to the rear or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
However, the most exciting powertrain news is that the 2023 7er will also be available as a fully electric vehicle. Although there are few specifics about this version’s setup, it’s safe to presume range, power output, and motor combinations will be similar to the BMW i4 M50. That means a pair of electric motors producing at least 500 horsepower, a 100-kWh battery, and a range of at least 300 miles on a single charge in the top-spec version. However, there’s no indication on whether the EV will be given the “i7” designation. Plug-in hybrid power is an option for people who aren’t ready to make the complete EV move.
The current 7 starts at more than $86,000, but the new car’s base price will creep closer to $90,000. With the M760Li removed from the range, the top-of-the-line 7 Series will be the most powerful and longest-range EV variant, which will likely peg at $140,000 or so.