BMW i7 M70 xDrive debuts at Auto Shanghai 2023

SHANGHAI: The BMW i7 M70 xDrive is the Munich automaker's most powerful all-electric model, and spearheads the new 7 Series range.

Making its global debut at Auto Shanghai 2023, it will be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, together with all other model variants of the luxury sedan.

Equipped with an electric motor at both the front and rear axle generating a maximum system output of 660hp and an M-specific chassis, the range-topping model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, making it the fastest all-electric BMW model.

Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Producing the highest output ever for an all-electric BMW car, the i7 M70 xDrive is now the company’s third performance model to have an all-electric drive system, following the launch of the i4 M50 – BMW M's best-selling model worldwide in 2022 – and the iX M60.

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The i7 M70 xDrive has a 101.7 kWh battery, and an estimated range of 488km to 560km (WLTP cycle).

It is capable of AC charging at up to 22 kW as standard, while DC power can be taken on board at up to 195 kW.

This means the range can be extended by 170km (WLTP) in just 10 minutes at a high-power charging station.

Also, a new feature here is the Max Range mode for the all-electric models in the new 7 Series range.

At the push of a button, drive power and top speed are carefully restricted and comfort functions scaled back, allowing range to be increased by 15% to 25%.

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Standard kit includes 21-inch M light-alloy wheels and M‑specific adaptive two-axle air suspension with electronically controlled dampers and automatic self-levelling.

Also standard are Integral Active Steering and the Executive Drive Pro chassis package including active roll stabilisation with Active Roll Comfort.

As well as helping to increase comfort, these two systems – together with the stiffer body – hone the car’s handling dynamics.

The blue M Sport brakes with M logo fitted as standard come with large brake discs for increased stopping power.

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Its extravagant appearance is fronted by M-specific design features like the M exterior mirrors with distinctive twin-stalk design, the BMW kidney grille with M badging, bespoke inlays in the rear bumper and M logos on the front side panels.

Among the cabin highlights are the BMW Interaction Bar in the cockpit and the Executive Lounge with optimised reclining function in the rear.

The BMW Theatre Screen and Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System with optional in-seat exciters turn the rear compartment into an personal cinema on wheels.

Advanced systems for automated driving and parking, like the Parking Assistant and Manoeuvre Assistant can now also be controlled remotely using the My BMW App.

This allows entering and exiting tight parking spaces with significantly greater ease.

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Also, doors can be opened and closed automatically using the My BMW App and BMW Digital Key Plus.

The driver’s door opens automatically when the smartphone on which the BMW Digital Key Plus is installed comes within a certain distance of the car.
After getting into the car, the driver can close the door again by pressing the brake pedal.

Additionally, the BMW Digital Key Plus links up with the integrated collision protection functions for the automatic doors in order to stop the movement of the door if an obstacle is detected.

The extended BMW Digital Key Plus is expected to be available from summer 2023 for all new 7 Series cars fitted with automatic doors.

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