The highly anticipated BMW i7 M70 xDrive has finally been revealed, ushering in a new era of all-electric performance and luxury for the German automaker. As the latest addition to the BMW 7 Series range, the i7 M70 xDrive is not only the most powerful all-electric vehicle in the BMW Group portfolio but also sets the benchmark for the future of electric mobility.
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Performance and Powertrain
Unprecedented Power Output
At the heart of the BMW i7 M70 xDrive lies a highly advanced electric powertrain that delivers an astounding 485 kW (660 hp) of maximum system output. This incredible performance is achieved through the use of electric motors at both the front and rear axles, working in harmony with an M-specific chassis to provide the perfect balance of electric mobility and driving dynamics.
Acceleration and Top Speed
The i7 M70 xDrive boasts impressive acceleration, capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. This makes it the fastest all-electric BMW model to date. Furthermore, its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), ensuring that the i7 M70 xDrive remains a true-performance sedan even in the realm of electric vehicles.
Innovative Electric Motor Design
The fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology used in the i7 M70 xDrive has been continuously refined to maximize both performance and efficiency. The highly integrated drive units on the front and rear axles are compactly combined within a common housing, featuring the electric motor, power electronics, and transmission. The innovative and patented design of the current-excited synchronous motor results in a power density of 2.41 kW/kg, making it the most potent BMW electric motor to date.
Driving Dynamics and Handling
M Sport Boost and M Launch Control
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive features an M Launch Control function, ensuring that the power generated by the electric motors is precisely controlled, resulting in thrilling performance without any loss of traction.
Additionally, the M Sport Boost function can be activated by pressing the shift paddle on the left-hand side of the steering wheel, providing an emotionally powerful, M Performance-specific sound as part of the standard BMW IconicSounds Electric feature by Hans Zimmer.
M Specific Suspension Technology
The M-specific suspension technology in the i7 M70 xDrive includes adaptive two-axle air suspension with automatic self-leveling and electronically controlled shock absorbers. The suspension system is further optimized through the use of Integral Active Steering, the Executive Drive Pro suspension package, and Active Roll Stabilisation with Active Roll Comfort.
This combination of features allows the i7 M70 xDrive to deliver hallmark M dynamics, agility, and precise response while maintaining a high level of long-distance comfort.
M Sports Brake System and 21-inch M Light Alloy Wheels
Complementing the advanced suspension technology, the i7 M70 xDrive is fitted with an M sports brake system and 21-inch M light alloy wheels. These components not only enhance the vehicle’s overall performance but also contribute to its distinctive and aggressive appearance.
Range and Charging
Long-Distance Capability and MAX RANGE Function
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive combines its extremely dynamic performance with a high long-distance capability. With a usable energy content of 101.7 kWh, the high-voltage battery located in the vehicle underbody enables the i7 M70 xDrive to achieve a range of 488 to 560 kilometers as determined in the WLTP test cycle.
The new MAX RANGE function allows drivers to increase the range by approximately 15 to 25 percent by selectively limiting the drive power and top speed, combined with reducing comfort functions. This makes the i7 M70 xDrive a practical choice for long-distance journeys without compromising on performance.
Advanced Charging Capabilities
The Combined Charging Unit of the i7 M70 xDrive features advanced charging software that promotes efficiency and speed when charging the high-voltage storage unit. With an output of up to 22 kW for alternating current and up to 195 kW for direct current, it’s possible to top up the range by up to 170 kilometers (WLTP) within just 10 minutes when stopping at a high-power charging station.
This ensures that charging the i7 M70 xDrive is a hassle-free experience, allowing drivers to get back on the road as quickly as possible.
Exterior Design and Aerodynamics
Exclusive Design Highlights and M Features
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive sets itself apart from other models in the series with exclusive design highlights and hallmark M design features. These elements, which are oriented towards the technical requirements of a decidedly sporty driving style, create a highly individual aura that signals outstanding dynamic performance and reveals the vehicle’s power potential at first glance.
Front Design and Contour Line Lighting
The front design of the i7 M70 xDrive reinterprets the brand-typical elements of twin circular headlights and the BMW radiator grille. The striking contour line lighting for the BMW radiator grille further emphasizes the vehicle’s impressive presence. When combined with the optional M Performance Package, the radiator grille surround in high-gloss black adds an even more aggressive look to the front design.
Side View, Rear Design, and M Exterior Features
The side view and rear of the i7 M70 xDrive also showcase hallmark M design features, such as M exterior mirrors with a characteristic double bar, striking M side skirts, and a model-specific rear apron with a diffuser insert. These elements work together to create a cohesive and performance-oriented exterior design.
Interior Design and Luxury Features
Sporty Flair and Maximum Individualization
The interior of the i7 M70 xDrive is defined by M-specific equipment details, emphasizing the vehicle’s sporty flair. Standard equipment includes illuminated M door sill trims, M Merino leather upholstery in Black/Atlas Grey, an M leather steering wheel, M-specific displays on the BMW Curved Display, and an M driver’s footrest.
BMW Individual Interior Packages and Exclusive Features
Optional extras for the i7 M70 xDrive include the BMW Individual Interior package and the BMW Individual Interior with exclusive features in a total of nine color variants. The BMW Individual leather Merino/wool cashmere combination with exclusive features is also available in Black/Dark Grey.
Innovative Features for Luxurious Travel Comfort
The i7 M70 xDrive offers a range of innovative features that ensure luxurious travel comfort. Highlights include the BMW Interaction Bar in the cockpit, the Executive Lounge with an optimized reclining function in the rear, and the unique BMW Theatre Screen with a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, which transforms the rear into an exclusive private cinema on wheels.
Advanced systems for automated driving and parking, such as the Parking Assistant and Manoeuvring Assistant, further enhance the vehicle’s comfort and safety features.
Advanced BMW iDrive and Infotainment System
The i7 M70 xDrive comes equipped with the latest BMW iDrive system featuring a “QuickSelect” function and BMW Operating System 8.5. The intuitive interface offers an enhanced user experience with a large 14.9-inch central information display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The BMW Curved Display integrates seamlessly into the vehicle’s cockpit, creating a unique driver-oriented layout.
Enhanced Voice Control and Personal Assistant
The BMW iDrive system in the i7 M70 xDrive also boasts an advanced voice control system with natural language understanding capabilities. The BMW Personal Assistant enables drivers to control various vehicle functions using voice commands, providing an efficient and interactive way to communicate with the car.
Comprehensive Infotainment Features and Connectivity
The infotainment system offers an extensive range of features, including access to BMW’s cloud-based services, live traffic updates, and a host of entertainment options. The i7 M70 xDrive also supports Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, and offers wireless smartphone charging for added convenience.
The vehicle’s connectivity features extend to over-the-air (OTA) updates, ensuring that the software is always up-to-date and providing a seamless driving experience.
BMW i7 M70 xDrive – a conclusion
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive is a groundbreaking addition to the luxury electric vehicle market, combining performance, range, and luxury in a stunning package. With its advanced electric powertrain, innovative design, and advanced technology, the i7 M70 xDrive is poised to set the standard for the future of electric mobility.
As the most potent all-electric vehicle in the BMW Group portfolio, it embodies the future of driving dynamics and automotive luxury.