The BMW i7 M70 xDrive Puts Down 650 HP, 811 lb-ftApril 18, 2023
BMW M has unveiled the 2024 i7 M70 xDrive, touted as the quickest and most powerful all-electric model in the brand’s range.
This new model is able to conjure up 650 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque from two electric motors. This range-topping model of the 7 Series line-up will be capable of 0-60 mph sprints in roughly 3.5 seconds.
To get into some of the finer details, the rear axle motor produces a peak output of 483 horsepower. It works in conjunction with the front-mounted motor– capable of 255 horsepower by itself– to create the all-wheel drive system. In Sport mode, total torque output is rated at 748 lb-ft; not bad, but it’s when using M Launch Control or M Sport Boost that all 811 lb-ft are activated. The M Sport Boost is paddle activated, located to the left of the steering wheel.
Straight-line speed is good fun, but only a part of the performance puzzle. The i7 M70 xDrive rides on an M-tuned chassis, with other elements like the steering, dampers and stability systems all being finely tuned for performance. Standard on the M70 xDrive is adaptive two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering and Active Roll Stabilization. Behind the standard 21-inch wheels are blue M Sport brakes; though, 20-inch wheels can be equipped with, for the first time on an i7, high performance tires.
Though, most EV-buyers will consider range performance over track performance. In this case, preliminary range estimates have counted up to 295 miles, made possible by the 101.7 kWh battery pack. Recharges can be completed at up to 11 kW on AC or up to 195 kW on DC fast charging.
The interior boasts a premium finish and one of the first applications of the new BMW Operating System 8.5 with QuickSelect. We went over this in a previous report, but the idea is to make infotainment features more easily accessible and faster to activate. It’s all featured on the Curved Display, which also hosts some M-design content– think graphics and information read-outs.
No word on pricing yet, but we expect to learn more as we get closer to launch. The 2024 BMW i7 M70 xDrive is to be showcased at the Auto Shanghai international motor show this month, then to be produced at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany. The worldwide launch is slated for the second half of 2023.