The all-new BMW 7 Series in seventh-generation form is priced locally, starting at $268,900 before road charges for the 740i variant
The 2023 BMW 7 Series ‘G70’ is set to hit Australian shores soon, with local deliveries for customers in Q4 2022 – meaning we should see the next-generation S-Class rival hit the roads between October and December.
Arriving in Australia initially with just two models, BMW has priced the new 7 Series at $268,900 before on-road costs for the “entry-level” 740i six-cylinder petrol engine, while the all-electric flagship i7 xDrive60 will cost $297,900 before road surcharges.
BMW specifies that the new 7 Series “combines driving pleasure, unparalleled long-distance comfort and an exceptional digital experience”.
The German luxury carmaker says the 7 Series has grown in every way and now has a 5mm longer wheelbase, at 3215mm, in addition to being 131mm longer, 48mm wider and 65mm longer. high. There is no longer a delineation between the short wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase (LWB) versions of the 7 Series – all are effectively LWB.
The BMW 7 Series competes with other large luxury limousines such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Genesis G80 in a relatively niche market.
Key elements of the new BMW 7 Series
One of the most impressive elements of the new BMW 7 Series is the giant 31.3-inch Theater screen standard on the i7 xDrive60, but optional on the 740i.
The large screen folds down from the roof of the cabin and allows rear occupants to watch movies in comfort. The resolution of this screen is up to 8K and can display several different cinema formats.
A 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system is standard and will complement the cinema screen to create a fairly polished cinematic experience for the rear occupants of the 7 Series.
BMW Iconic Sounds is a futuristic feature of the i7 which has been curated by Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer. These sounds aim to “accentuate the driving experience with vivid colors and patterns”.
Engines and performance of the new 7 Series
Two powertrains are offered for the new seventh-generation BMW 7 Series.
The 740i is powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine that produces 280kW of power and 540Nm of torque and sends all that grunt to the rear wheels exclusively. The 740i will be able to sprint to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. Fuel consumption has not yet been released by BMW at the time of writing.
This six-cylinder engine also uses 48-volt technology to store energy recovered from the generator, power the electric motor and also power the on-board electrical system via a DC/DC converter.
The all-electric i7 xDrive60 flagship is powered by two electric motors to produce 400kW of power and 745Nm of torque and is sent onto the road via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
On board is a 106kWh battery which can give the new i7 a range of up to 625 km (WLTP). The i7 will be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.
BMW 7 Series Standard Specifications
Standard specifications for the BMW 740i include:
- 20-inch M alloy wheels
- active steering
- Dual-axle adaptive air suspension
- BMW crystal headlights
- Panoramic glass sunroof
- Multi-function front seats
- Massage function for the front seats
- Driving and parking assistance professional
- 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system
- Merino leather upholstery
- Metallic paint
- Five-year BMW service package included
The BMW i7 xDrive60 includes the above features plus:
- 31.3 inch BMW Cinema Screen
- Larger 21-inch wheels
- Active Roll Stabilization and Active Roll Comfort Technology
- Automatic doors
- Multi-function rear seats
- Executive Lounge Aft Console
- Acoustic protection for pedestrians
- BMW Iconic Sounds curated by Hans Zimmer
- BMW wallbox for home installation
- Five-year chargefox subscription
- Domestic and public charging cable
- Six-year BMW service package for electric vehicles
Options for the BMW 7 Series
Several options are available for the Series 7, including:
- BMW Individual two-tone metallic paint ($17,500)
- Connoisseur Lounge featuring automatic doors, executive lounge seating, active seat ventilation for the rear seats, massage function for the rear seats, rear console, entertainment experience and Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound with 40 loud speakers ($27,900 for 740i, xDrive60 $9,000)
- Frozen Pure Gray Paint ($2600)
- Frozen Deep Gray Paint ($2600)
- BMW Merino/Cashmere leather upholstery ($15,800 option for 740i)
2022 BMW 7 Series: Prices in Australia
All prices quoted are before road charges.
- 740i: $268,900
- i7 xDrive60: $297,900