For the most part, the luxury sedan segment is pretty conservative. Many sacrifices dot take risks or really do anything online. BMW is here to change that. If that 2023 7 series not slap you in the face with his style, all-electric i7 will kick you in the backside with power – or coddle you with his attention to detail and luxuriousness. Whichever way you go, you’ll feel good about the new 7 Series.
(Full disclosure: BMW invited me to Rancho Mirage, not far from my home, to check out the new 7 Series and the rest of the 2023 lineup. They put me up in a nice hotel and fed me breakfast, lunch, and a five-course dinner every day for three days. Does anyone really need to eat so much food every day? I don’t know, but I know.)
2023 BMW 7-Series and i7: What’s New
Everything. Everything is new. The year is 2023 7-Series has been redesigned from the beginning. You may not like the front facia, but photosnott does it justice. In person, it has a ton of presence. BMW describes it as “sovereign,” It has the look of a supreme and powerful ruler, and I agree. The styling of the new 7-Series shows what we’ve come to expect from BMW’s new high-end luxury class: a distinctive design that would be reserved for the most expensive and luxurious models in the line-up. Every BMW with this design will present a prominent, near vertical front facia, optional illuminated kidney grilles, and a split light design with LED DRLs up and down projectors. For now, This design will only be seen soup the 7-Series variants, which iX M and The redesigned X7Differentiates them from the rest of the BMW range.
BMW has given the exterior of the new 7 attention to detail that is so intricate that it must be pointed out. Every line and crease you see on the body has an aerodynamic purpose. The electric i7 take it even further with air curtains and active air ventilation control in kidney grilles.
The redesign has resulted in a car that’s bigger than its predecessor. While BMW used to sell standard and long-wheelbase versions of the 7, every model is long-wheelbase now. It’s a big car, having grown in length by 5.1 inches, gained 1.9 inches in width, and two inches in height.
While Europe gets more than a few engine options for the 7-SeriesUNITED STATES-bound model will run with only three drivetrains to start. Basic 740i win new version of our brand 3.0 liter turbocharged straight-six and 375 hp, paired with a 48-volt hybrid system that is directly integrated into the transmission.
Those who want a V8 just might find it which is 2023 760i xDrive now. This 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 also comes with a 48-volt mild hybrid system and develops 544 hp. According to BMW, These mild hybrid setups are less about efficiency and more about boosting engine response and power.
The last powertrain is the biggest news for 2023: The recently, all-electric BMW i7. It has delectric motor, a 258-hp front unit and a 313-hp rear power unit.. Total combined output is 536 hp and 549 lb-ft of torque. A fourth powertrain option, a plug-in hybrid, will arrive next year.
2023 BMW i7: All Luxury, All Electric
BMW did something unique when developing new 7-series: from the beginning, this new model was designed to accommodate both internal-combustion and electric powertrains. In recent years, many automakers have shoved an all-electric drivetrain into models originally designed for conventional ICE setup; The chassis and platform are not built to accommodate batteries and electric motors, and EVs come across as an afterthought. That’s what sets the i7 apart. It has an internal-combustion sibling with similar style and performance, but the BMW i7 designed from the ground up to be an EV.
i7 in Single mode, that is i7 xDrive60. From there you can choose a standard car or equipped with the M Sport package. With a 101.7-battery kWh and two electric motors produced without the use of rare earth metals, the combined output is enough to hustle the i7 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. While EPA testing was still underway, BMW was shooting for 300 miles of range on a full charge.
2023 BMW i7: Driving impressions
Driving the i7 is an experience. EVs have been quiet, but the i7’s silence is on another level. this like a vault. The only analog the noise you get is from the tire, even that shut up That said, BMW created artificial, engine-like sounds to play the stereo while you drive this near-silent EV, and they’re a bit off-put Driving mode, or “Matrix Mode” as BMW calls it, offers a series of themed experiences, changing the display screen layout, interior ambient lighting, and synthetic powertrain sounds.
I will honest, I only care about sports modethat makes i7 sounds like a spaceship under acceleration. Most other soundscape modes it’s just distracting. Expressive mode, for example, will make you think you have a case of tinnitus every time you accelerate.
The i7 drives fantastically, especially in M Sport trim. In the corner, I amt hustles like a sedan half its size. Like most EVs, the i7 carries its hefty battery under the floor for a low center of gravity, and BMW gives this large sedan-body adaptive suspension with electronic dampers and rear steering with an angle of 3.5 degrees.
Charging the i7 is not necessary be a task, either. BMW says one AC charger will charge i7’s battery at a speed of up to 11 kW; DC fast charging boosts that speed to 195 kW. i7 owners will also get three free year charge unlimited with Electrify America.
2023 BMW 760i xDrive: Keeping the V8 Alive
While basic straight-sixpowered 740i is perfect for those who are want a smooth and quiet luxury sedan, BMW has something with a bit more performance. The only way to get a V8 in the 7-Series now in it’s a 760i xDrive. Driving it, I crashed. A 536-hp twin-turbo V8 is nothing to sneeze at, especially if it can hurl a 5,000-pound luxury sedan up to 60 mph in a mere four seconds. But driving the all-electric i7 spoiled me with equally impressive acceleration and zero-lag torque. For interested buyers a large luxury sedan with performance aspirations, the 760i will be a winner. For me, I prefer the silent speed of the i7. It feels more in character with a vehicle of this size.
2023 BMW 7-Series and i7: Luxury and Attention to Detail
BMW took the 7-series model to another level with tech, comfort and attention to detail. The center of all this, which you have probably already seen is availability BMW Theater Screen in the rear seat. Available as part of $4,600 optional package (which requires more options), this setup installs a 31-inch 8K Amazon Fire-Powered. Flatscreen TV for your rear-seat passengers.
only make sure the front seat is in the right position. A large motorized screen will not be installed if it is expected to collide with the front seat. And if you’re driving, get ready to rely on your mirrors and your wits: Theater Mode activates the ceiling TV and closes all the rear sun shades, blocking your view to the rear completely..
If you want to stand out, you can order your 2023 7-Series in one of eight different two-tone paint schemes. They bring some old school luxury charm to the model, but you will pay upwards of $10,000 to get your two-toned. The luxury doesn’t stop there: Yes, those are actual Swarovski crystals in the LED accent lights.
Some luxury technology is borderline bonkers. There’s a crystal light bar that runs the width of the dash and into the doors called the BMW Interaction Bar. Each rear door has a five-inch touchscreen to control things like climate settings or ambient lighting. And that door can be opened or closed by pressing a button on the console, or by voice command. You can park remotely or remove the car from your phone, James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies style, and for environmentally conscious luxury buyers you can choose an interior upholstered in cashmere.
2023 BMW 7-Series and i7: Pricing and Availability
The new 7-The series began arriving at dealers this month; preorders are available from spring. Includes destination charge of $995, The 740i xDrive starts at $94,295; 760i xDrive starts that’s $114,595. i7 is at the top of the range, with prices starting from $120,295.
BMW has brought tons of tech and style to you it new 7-Series. Between attention to detail and outlandish choices, it is sure to be one of the best in the segment. The all-electric i7, though, is a miracle. Take luxury opulence to the next level and take advantage of the benefits of a silent, torquey EV drivetrain. If the i7 is a preview of what’s to come the rest of the electric BMW range, Tesla and Mercedes should watch out.