Imagined: the Prime Minister’s next limousine, with an electric touch

The Prime Minister’s BMW 7 Series limo will need to be replaced in the coming years. Here’s what an all-new all-electric version could look like.

Since its commissioning in 1910, the Prime Minister’s Limo acted as the official car responsible for transporting our Prime Minister safely and comfortably around Australia and overseas.

After three decades of Australian-made Ford LTD and Holden Caprice limousines, the official body COMCAR has replaced the Australian leader’s official car with an “F03”. BMW 7 Series in 2014, as local auto manufacturing prepared to slow in the years that followed.

The roughly 10-year lifespan of past iterations of “C1” – with the previous Holden Caprice in service from the mid-2000s to 2013 – leaves Scott Morrison’s armored limo needing replacement in years to come. It’s also a good time, with a new generation of BMW 7 Series on the horizon – and a “High Security” armored version to follow in the years to come.

Slated for an unveiling next year, the new 7 Series will be the first to offer an all-electric option, badged i7 – meaning that if BMW deems its range sufficient for the armored treatment (and putting aside the EV stance of the PM), the ‘G70’ i7 could become the Prime Minister of Australia’s first electric limousine.

Above: An earlier version of the high security BMW 7 Series used by our PM.

Imagined in this computer rendering by the artist @avarvarii, the electric COMCAR hero retains the iconic white paint, “C-1” plate and nose-mounted Australian flag of today’s PM limousine, but incorporates the new polarizing front end (split headlights and attached grilles included ) of the new 7 series range. .

Downsized alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin runflat tires fill out the arches, allowing for long-distance driving with punctured rubber should the vehicle come under attack.

While today’s 2014 Series 7-based Premier Ministerial limousine is powered by a 400kW / 750Nm 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbo petrol engine, the official PM car would take advantage of one of the three new zero-emission powertrain options, should it switch to electric power.

Details are slim on the ground so far, although rumors suggest the civilian i7 will offer the eDrive45, xDrive50 and M60 electric options; the intermediate choice should feature two electric motors developing 353 kW combined and a 120 kWh battery.

While electric powertrains may provide the performance needed for an official state car, the extra ton of weight added by bulletproof and bombproof armored upgrades will have a significant impact on range – the potentially pushing below the minimum requirements set by government agency and COMCAR ‘C1’ custodians.

As for gasoline power, the outgoing 7-Series “G12” twin-turbo V12 won’t live to see another generation, with the flagship combustion option being a new 4.4 “S68” twin-turbo V8. liters which, according to rumors, would develop 393 kW , paired with all-wheel drive.

It remains to be seen whether the 2023 BMW 7 Series – or its i7 equivalent – is making its way into COMCAR’s official fleet, although it’s likely the government body will turn to the Bavarian automaker for another round of armored transport – joining the new BMW X5 armored SUVs. generation also supposed to be on the way to Australia.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he launched his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist on the press team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, whether it’s about flipping through car magazines at a young age or growing up around performance. vehicles in a car-loving family.

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