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Electric cars from BMW are being released thick and fast, and most of them are just that, fast. That includes the latest full-electric offering, the new BMW i7 M70 xDrive. This is more along the lines of a limousine and is typical for the Chinese market, the country loves buying extended-wheelbase cars. This is a car that will probably see the owner being driven around in, instead of driving himself, so it doesn’t have any right to also have supercar-like performance. The BMW i7 M70 xDrive will make its global debut at the Auto Shanghai international motor show (18–27 April 2023) in China, while the worldwide launch of the new M-car will start in the second half of 2023. The car will be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, together with all other model variants of the luxury sedan, and is also home to the competence centre for electric drive system production, which manufactures both the electric motors and the high-voltage batteries for all variants of the BMW i7 on-site. This is already the 5th generation of BMW eDrive technology island the improvements are very noticeable. The BMW i7 M70 xDrive is equipped with integrated drive units at the front and rear axles, which bring together the electric motor, power electronics and transmission within a single, very compact housing. The two motors work according to the principle of an electrically excited synchronous motor, this type of design makes it possible to completely avoid the use of rare earth metals required for magnetic components in the manufacture of the rotor component.

The motor that powers the rear produces 360 kW, while the one powering the front end is rated at 190 kW and they seamlessly combine to work as an all-wheel drive system. As is the norm with electric cars, the torque is rather serious and in the case of the M70, it’s claimed to produce 1 015 Nm when in Sport Mode, and it can jump to around 1 100 Nm when M Launch Control or the M Sport Boost function is activated. Even in a car of this size, the M70 can sprint from 0 - 100 km/h in a stupidly quick 3.7 seconds making it look like it doesn’t tip the scales at over 3 tons. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, I have a feeling that you’ll be able to have that limit raised if you order the right options. The BMW i7 M70 xDrive is now the fastest purely electric-powered BMW model produced. The battery provides 101.7 kWh and gives the car a range of between 488 - 560 km. The Combined Charging Unit features advanced charging software capable of AC charging at up to 22 kW as standard, while DC power increases that to a rate of up to 195 kW. 170 km of range can be had in just ten minutes. The car’s range can be extended while on the move by activating a new drive system setting. The car’s launch also sees the introduction of a MAX RANGE mode for the all-electric models in the new BMW 7 Series range that sees drive power and top speed being carefully restricted with comfort functions scaled back, allowing the range to be increased by some 15 to 25 %. There is an M badge, so the car features blue M Sport brakes with large discs, but the calipers can be had in black as part of the optional M Performance package. The wheels are 21-inch M light-alloy wheels and come wrapped in proper sports rubber, a first for a full-electric 7 Series.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the amazing, very large, very limousine-looking BMW i7 M70, a car that is now the most powerful EV from the German automaker to date and is the new leader in this class of car in many facets: THE i7 M70. 100% Electric. 100% Performance. | BMW M

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