BMW i7, the road test of the big electric flagship.  How it is done, pros and cons

BMW i7, the road test of the big electric flagship. How it is done, pros and cons


Palm Springs (California) – Interior in cashmere (real leather is no longer cool), a lot of technology, maybe too much sometimes, but certainly interesting. And then, again, the dimensions of a star cruiser and, of course, 100% electric. Here he is BMW i7. The Munich company’s first zero-emission flagship and the first 7 Series were also offered with a lithium-ion drive. His mission? Relaunching the challenge, this time green, with an all-time opponent: Mercedes S-Classinstead of EQ extension if we want to compare two variants with full electric operation.

But that’s not all, the BMW i7 has the queen of electric flags in its sights: the Model Tesla Snow it’s old but still a perfect reference.

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Bmw i7, size and style

The i7, except for a few details, is indistinguishable from its hot sister with a 48-volt hybrid diesel and gasoline engine as well as a plug-in powertrain. From the very first glance, the Bavarian flag attracts attention. The car is large with a large “double kidney” grille and a monolithic line characterized by square and decisive lines. Two front light clusters made of two overlapping elements stand out. The style does little or nothing to hide the dimensions, decidedly unsuitable for urban environments and common to all models of the seventh generation of the 7 Series. The car is 1.95 meters wide and 1.54 meters long and 5.39 meters tall. meters, so there are 13 cm more than the model it replaces and it is offered in only one size XXL: goodbye to the long version of the wheel, which is very popular among buyers in the Chinese market (second most important after the USA), now the wheel is unique to all and measures 3.215 meters long. And this allows a lot of space.

Bmw i7, test car

We tested this large, zero-emission sedan on wide, low-traffic California roads Palm Springs and the Joshua Tree desert, not the best place to test an electric car considering that to find a charging station you have to travel miles and miles without meeting anyone. At the wheel of the i7, however, you don’t have to worry about range. No risk of running out of battery. BMW i7xDrive60 (this is the full denomination) boasts a battery of 101.7 kWh which ensures theoretical independence (wltp) of about 600 km (between 591 and 625 km, to be exact) thanks also to the very high efficiency, achieved by the alchemy of software, equipment and electric motors and this means a reduction in consumption despite the heavy weight of 2,700 kg. In fact, in practice the big BMW showed the best consumption data in relation to the car type. It is operated without special attention or tricks to reduce power consumption or increase regeneration under braking and coast, recorded i7, on the on-board computer, 4.5km/kWh. And that’s about right 22kWh/100 kma value not far from the announced figure showing different consumption, measured by Wltp cycle, between 19.6 and 18.4 22 kWh/100 km.

Therefore, the results are good, in line with the usage announced by competitors such as the Tesla Model S, which is a benchmark in the sector. And it’s good value too because, while driving, a lot of use was made of every on-board system, the “cannon” air conditioner and most of all. Sports Promotion which allows for rapid acceleration with a push that propels the driver and passenger into the seats, all enhanced by a sound that is not the usual scary electric sound of a spinning washing machine, but a pleasant and playful sound of outer space reminiscent of a ship of stars. Enterprise Star Trek enters “warp”. At this warp speed just pull the paddle on the rudder. It should be noted that the “system sounds”, to use a computer term, were studied by a sound engineering team led by an Oscar-winning musician. Hans Zimmer.