Launching Down Under in its seventh generation this month, the all-new 2023 BMW 7 Series line-up goes hard on design, luxury, dynamics and comfort; and for the first time there’s an all-electric BMW i7 flagship!
The 7 Series and i7 get the BMW Live Cockpit professional setup, which incorporates a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster combined with a massive 14.9-inch Curved Control Display for the infotainment touchscreen; all running BMW Operating System 8.
It’s got everything you can think of: connected navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ radio, over-the-air (OTA) software updates, and a range of net-based services. There’s a big colour head-up display with multiple views standard, as well.
The 740i has all this hooked up to a 655-watt, 18-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, though the i7 upgrades to a thumping 1965-watt and 35-speaker Diamond Surround setup with 4D technology. It basically turns this sumptuous German limousine into a rolling nightclub at high volume.
BMW OS 8.0 has done away with a lot of physical switchgear that we’ve come accustomed to with iDrive, and relegates an unnecessary amount of functions to the infotainment system – drive modes and adaptive cruise distance are two things that come to mind, which are better adjusted with actual buttons.
Storage is pretty good, with a decent cubby under the front centre armrest, a rubberised wireless fast charger at the base of the centre stack ahead of two toothed cup holders, as well as decent-sized door bins.
Even better is front seat comfort, thanks to the plentiful padding and bolstering, full-electric adjustment with memory presents, heating and ventilation, massaging functions, as well as surface heating for the steering wheel and armrest areas. All of this is standard too, by the way.
The new M leather steering wheel on this 7 Series was another highlight. With a modern take on a classic, sporty design, the new tiller looks and feels gorgeous, and the multifunction controls operate with a solid feel – though again I wish the adaptive cruise distance toggles were kept here.
Fitted with the Connoisseur Lounge, which allows the rear-left passenger to recline their chair like a theatre seat. There’s also heating and ventilation, as well as massaging functions.
These are all controlled by little 5.5-inch touchscreens in the doors, which again give off that cool business class airline feel. Couple that with the massive 31.3-inch 8K Theatre Screen optional in the 740i and standard in the i7, and you have yourself a portable cinema.
When in use, the rear blind deploys and the display can stream movies and shows from Amazon Fire TV via the eSIM connection, or you can hook up a device via an HDMI cable to broadcast your own. There’s even a camera to conduct virtual meetings on the move.
The BMW 740i is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder petrol engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system, with total system outputs of 280kW of power and 540Nm of torque.
Also equiped with M Sport package :
-20-inch M light alloy wheels
-M front, rear aprons
-M High-Gloss Shadow Line
-M Sport Brakes with dark blue calipers
-M Side Sills in High-Gloss Black
-M Leather Steering wheel, flat-bottom design
-M Headliner Alcantara Anthracite
-Design Pure Excellence package ($NCO)
-BMW Individual metallic paint
-BMW Iconic Glow illuminated grille surround
-Adaptive 2-axle air suspension
-Manual raising by 20mm (35km/h max)
-Integral Active Steering
-Adaptive LED headlights
-BMW Crystal Headlights Iconic Glow
-Ambient interior lighting
-Electric folding mirrors, auto-dimming (driver)
-BMW Live Cockpit Professional
-12.3-inch digital instrument display
-14.9-inch Curved Control Display
-BMW Operating System 8
-Intelligent Emergency Call
-Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
-News, Weather apps*
-BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant*
-Remote Software Update*
-Real Time Traffic Information*
-Interior camera incl. anti-theft video recording
-BMW Touch Command 5.5-inch displays in rear doors
-Wireless smartphone charging
-18-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound, 655W
-6 x USB-C ports, 4 x 12V power sockets
-Surround View Cameras
-BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery
-Multifunctional Seats, front
-Electric adjustment incl. lumbar
-Electric adjustment of headrests
-BMW CraftedClarity handmade glass
-Seat adjustment buttons
-Seat heating, front and rear
-Heated steering wheel
-Front centre console armrest
-Front, rear door armrests
-Instrument panel, lower section
-Active seat ventilation, front
-Seat massage function, front
-4-zone climate control
-Remote Engine Start
-Remote climate pre-conditioning
-Auto tailgate operation incl. contactless function
-Panoramic Glass Roof Sky Lounge
-Instrument panel, upper doors in Walknappa leather
-Fine-wood interior trim
-Roller sunblinds, rear
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