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The 2024 BMW i7: Three Remarkable Versions

BMW i7 M70

2024 BMW i7: Electrifying Luxury and Performance Choices

The highly-anticipated 2024 model year of the BMW i7 has finally arrived, and it doesn't disappoint. With the introduction of three enticing versions, BMW continues to push the boundaries of electric luxury and performance. Let's take a closer look at these remarkable offerings.

BMW i7 xDrive60: Elevating Luxury

The 2024 BMW i7 xDrive60, an all-wheel-drive wonder, sets the tone for the lineup. Priced starting at $124,200 (excluding the $995 destination charge, applicable to all versions), it represents an increase of $4,900 compared to its 2023 counterpart.

BMW i7 eDrive50: Redefining Entry-Level

Breaking new ground is the entry-level BMW i7 eDrive50, now available for $105,700. This rear-wheel-drive variant opens the doors to unparalleled electric luxury, setting a new benchmark for affordability in the i7 lineup.

BMW i7 M70: Unleash the Power

For those seeking the pinnacle of performance, the 2024 BMW i7 M70 takes the lead. With the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, it's the epitome of speed and precision. However, such power comes at a price, starting at $168,500.

Surprising Wheel Size Impact

Interestingly, BMW offers minimal pricing variation between wheel sizes (19-20-21 inches), making it easier for buyers to customize their i7 to their liking without breaking the bank.

No Federal Tax Credit

It's important to note that the BMW i7 does not qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit available for electric vehicles. This is due to its import status and pricing exceeding the $55,000 cap for eligible vehicles.

Powering the i7: The Impressive Battery

At the heart of the BMW i7 lies a robust 105.7-kilowatt-hour battery (with 101.7 kWh usable). This formidable energy source is the key to achieving a remarkable range of over 300 miles. Keep in mind that we're talking about a substantial sedan with varying weights: 5,917 lbs (eDrive50), 5,975 lbs (xDrive60), and 6,191 lbs (M70).

Impressive Range Variations

The entry-level eDrive50, equipped with 19-inch wheels, boasts the highest range in the i7 lineup, reaching up to 321 miles. A switch to 20-inch wheels trims the range by 20 miles (6.2%), offering a still impressive 301 miles. Opting for 21-inch wheels and tires enhances rolling resistance, resulting in a range of 311 miles.

For the xDrive60 AWD version (19-inch), the range remains similar to the RWD variant at 317 miles. Transitioning to 20-inch wheels shaves off 19 miles, bringing the range to 298 miles. However, upgrading to 21-inch wheels provides a commendable range of 307 miles.

Charging Efficiency

When it comes to charging, BMW promises a full battery recharge within 12 hours. DC fast charging from 10% to 80% capacity is even more impressive, taking just over half an hour, approximately 34 minutes, at speeds of up to 195 kilowatts.

Complimentary Charging Sessions

Owners of the 2024 BMW i7 will enjoy three years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions at the Electrify America charging network, a step up from the two years offered for the i4 or i5 models.

Energy Consumption Insights

In the realm of energy consumption, it's essential to consider your wheel size choices. The 20-inch wheels are the less efficient option, while the 19-inch wheels offer the best energy consumption rates, ensuring both performance and efficiency.

As you explore the 2024 BMW i7, these versions bring an array of choices, from luxury to power, with an impressive battery and range to match. Make your selection wisely, and embrace the future of electric driving. 

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Wednesday, 17 July 2024