The all-new BMW 7 Series has landed in Australia and we had the chance to get up close with the German brand’s latest creation and we reckon this might just be the most luxurious car in the world. Let us explain why.
You can watch our brief explainer video on TikTok or check out the full walk around review below.
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Crystals in the headlights
BMW has ditched laser headlights in favour of high-powered LED units that it says can project just as far down the road as the outgoing laser headlights do. We actually shot a headlight comparison where we compared headlight technology on today’s cars and the laser headlights proved to be not as good as some of the better LED lights on the market.
In addition to moving to LED-only headlights, the LED daytime running light cluster now uses Swarovski crystals within the cluster. In addition to varying the LED daytime running light power output to ‘shimmer’ the daytime running lights, they also naturally shimmer in daylight thanks to the crystals within.
Doors from a Rolls-Royce
Using the key fob, buttons on the doors or by putting your foot on the brake, the car is able to automatically open and close its doors on demand.
You may be wondering – what happens if there is a car or person next to you? Sensors located on the front and rear side panels measure the distance between the 7 Series and the vehicle or person next to it and stop the door short of impact.
A huge TV inside the cabin
In addition to featuring iDrive 8, the second row comes with screens built into the rear door handles, along with an enormous 31.3-inch 8K display that folds down from the roof.
The display can be adjusted a number of ways and can also stream from attached devices or wirelessly to give you that cinematic experience. In addition to that, it automatically lifts the rear blind to prevent drivers following you from watching your screen while they drive.
The display teams with a 39-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system for a proper immersive experience.
The all-new 7 Series has grown in size. It’s now longer than the outgoing 7 Series long wheelbase version (the new one is 131mm longer!), along with being wider and taller. It measures in at 5291mm long, 1950mm wide, and 1544mm tall with a 3215mm wheelbase.
BMW says their customers asked for a much larger vehicle that feels and looks more like an SUV without having direct SUV proportions.
In addition to the entry-level petrol BMW 7 Series, buyers can opt for the full-electric BMW i7.
The all-electric flagship i7 xDrive60 uses a dual-motor all-wheel drive electric powertrain with total system outputs of 400kW and 745Nm. It’s mated to a 106kWh battery pack.
BMW claims it can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds.
The petrol version 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. This is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with drive sent to the rear wheels only.
To find out more about the 2023 BMW 7 Series, including pricing and specifications, check out our BMW 7 Series and i7 price and specs page.