BMW launches electric i7 M70 and diesel 7 Series M Sport
BMW India has recently introduced two new variants of its flagship sedans, the electric i7 and the diesel-powered 7 Series. The i7 M70 xDrive is the first electric model from BMW M and the most powerful EV from the brand yet, while the 740d M Sport is a new addition to the 7 Series range that offers a refined and efficient diesel engine. Let’s take a closer look at these two models and see what they have to offer.
BMW i7 M70 xDrive: The ultimate electric driving machine
The i7 M70 xDrive is the range-topping variant of the i7, which is essentially an all-electric version of the 7 Series. It uses a twin motor setup that delivers a whopping 650hp and 1015Nm of torque, making it the most powerful electric BMW ever. It can sprint from 0-100kph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 250kph (electronically limited). The i7 M70 xDrive also boasts a range of up to 560km (WLTP) on a single charge, thanks to its 101.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The i7 M70 xDrive is not just about performance, though. It also offers a high level of luxury and comfort, as expected from a BMW flagship sedan. It features M-specific bumpers, side skirts, mirrors, alloys, and rear spoiler, as well as Swarovski crystal headlights, blacked-out front grille and window line, and blue M calipers.
Inside, it gets an M leather steering wheel, an M roofline, six upholstery choices, and BMW Individual options for more customization. Other features include dual screens up front, executive lounge seating, heated, ventilated, and massaging seats all around, the rear seat theatre screen, a Bowers and Wilkins Diamond audio system, four-zone auto climate control, soft close doors, and much more.
The i7 M70 xDrive is priced at Rs 2.50 crore (ex-showroom, India) and rivals the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+, which costs Rs 2.45 crore.
BMW 740d M Sport: The refined diesel option
The 740d M Sport is the new diesel variant of the 7 Series, which joins the petrol-powered 740i in the ICE range. It is powered by a 3.0-litre, inline six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 286hp and 650Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine also features mild-hybrid technology with a 48V electric motor that adds an extra 18hp and 200Nm for short bursts of acceleration. The 740d M Sport can do 0-100kph in a claimed 6 seconds and has a top speed of 250kph (electronically limited).
The 740d M Sport shares most of its features with the 740i, except for the remote start function that is present on the latter. It gets an M Sport package with an aerodynamic kit, larger air intakes, chrome exhaust tips, and M badges. It also gets adaptive LED headlights with laser light technology, a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control, wireless charging, ambient lighting, a Harman Kardon surround sound system, air suspension with adaptive damping control, four-wheel steering, active roll stabilization, and active roll comfort.
The 740d M Sport is priced at Rs 1.81 crore (ex-showroom, India) and competes with the Mercedes S-class, Audi A8 L and Lexus LS.