[VIDEO] BMW i7 Impresses in Acceleration Test with Launch Control

BMW hasn’t entirely given up on the concept of a fast 7 Series, even though the M760i with its V12 engine is no longer available. The recently released G70 has an M Performance flavour and is the first-ever M760e plug-in hybrid with an inline-six. BMW will release the i7 M70 later this year. This should be more than fast enough, given that the i7 xDrive60 model we’re using now is certainly not slow.

An electric motor’s immediate torque translates to remarkable 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) timings. However, performance is not only about speedy acceleration in a straight line. The massive 2,640 kilos (5,820 pounds) weight of the electric 7 Series is in its European configuration without a driver. Despite this, BMW claims its full-size quiet Luxo barge can sprint in 4.7 seconds. The Bavarians aren’t lying even though this sprint wasn’t timed because the i7 appears capable of a sub-five-second sprint.

The sounds created by the BMW i7 are fake. As a result, the “sound check” under the tunnel starting at 1:30 is hilarious. Famous composer Hans Zimmer collaborated to create the “IconicSounds Electric”. In this 7er, the reliable combustion engine gains two electric motors. These motors provide 544 horsepower and 745 Nm (550 lb-ft).

The i7 M70 will offer over 600 horsepower and a mountain-moving 1,000 Nm. This will please those who require a more potent electric punch (737 lb-ft). The top-of-the-line 7 Series claims to accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) from a stop in less than four seconds. Thanks to its more robust motors.

The development of a quad-motor prototype based on the i4 M50 by BMW M is intriguing for the future of electric performance. The technology for a powerful EV with more than 1,300 horsepower reportedly already exists. However, it’s unclear when a manufacturing vehicle would follow. Although nothing is certain, it is thought that the i3 Sedan, built on the Neue Klasse platform and scheduled to launch in 2025, might eventually transform into the first exclusively electric M model.

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