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BMW’s E23 7 Series has been with us for quite some time now, having been introduced to the world some 45 years ago in 1977. There were far fewer Series in the BMW range at that time and so the options basically consisted of the 3, 5 and 7, and as the model numbers suggest each model was a bit bigger and a bit better than the one before. Logically, this had the 7 Series perched as the range topper from the brand. If you had a new 7 back in the day, you were on your way to being quite successful. The second generation E32 launched nine years later in 1986 and these models featured bigger engines and much more luxury and classy appointments. The 750i saw fitment of a monstrous V12 and was the first BMW to be governed to the now normal 250 km/h (15mph) top speed.

It was in 1994 that we saw the introduction of the third generation of the BMW 7 Series, the E38. These again were bigger, sleeker, faster and packed with the latest technology and comfort, evident by the fact that it was the world’s first car with side-curtain airbags, the first to offer satnav in Europe, and was also the first BMW to feature a built-in television. That’s some impressive spec for mass produced cars from almost theory years ago. The fourth generation E65-68 models of the BMW 7 Series were launched in 2001 and again the range saw new and ground-breaking technologies feature, like an electronic key and active anti-roll bars along with the world’s first production V12 to feature direct injection. This is 21 years ago, remember!
Fast forward to 2009 and the fifth generation BMW 7 Series was introduced with the F01-04 models, which now start showing the beginning of technologies we’re seeing filter down through the entire range. This is where we find a hybrid drivetrain as well as an 8-speed automatic transmission and a massively impressive turbocharged V12. It’s also the first 7 to feature BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The future started a while back already it seems. The following generation, the G11-12 from 2015 now featured all the tech we know today in these luxury sedans including hybrid engine technology and the start of plug-in hybrids. A few updates in between and we arrive here, at the worldwide debut of the all-new BMW M760e xDrive Sedan in April of 2022 along with the plug hybrid BMW i7.

So the all-new BMW 7 Series is now here with models like the M760e xDrive sedan that, as you’d expect, would take us hours to pint out the features, innovations, improvements and upgrades over the outgoing model. The range has also been brought in line with the other hybrid and EV offerings at a luxury level with the introduction of the plug-in BMW i7. This electric offering features a pair of motors that combine to produce an impressive 405 kW (544 hp) which is enough to get the massive sedan to the 100 km/h mark in a claimed 4.7-seconds. A planned uprated version, BMW i7 M70 xDrive, is said to have at least 492 kW (660 hp) and a nice and even 1 000 Nm of torque available and it will be the marque’s flagship EV sedan. This also means the BMW i7 will be the most powerful BMW road car to date.

Take a look at the YouTube video about the imposing and impressive M760e xDRIVE below: Get into THE NEW M760e xDRIVE | BMW M.

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