BMW has been a leader in electrification for years, with models like the i3 and i8 pioneering new technologies and design. But the German automaker is not resting on its laurels. It is preparing to launch a new flagship electric sedan that will challenge the likes of Tesla Model S and Lucid Air: the BMW i7 M70 xDrive.
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive is based on the upcoming 7 Series, BMW’s luxury flagship that competes with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8. But unlike those conventional models, the i7 M70 xDrive will be powered by a fully electric drivetrain that promises to deliver impressive performance and efficiency.
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive will have a 120-kWh battery pack that will enable a range of over 400 miles on a single charge. That’s more than enough for most drivers, and it also beats the Tesla Model S Long Range, which has a 405-mile range.
But the BMW i7 M70 xDrive is not just about range. It is also about power and speed. The electric sedan will have two electric motors, one on each axle, that will produce a combined output of 670 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive will also have a sophisticated all-wheel drive system that will optimize traction and handling in different road conditions. The system will be able to vary the torque distribution between the front and rear wheels and between the left and right wheels, depending on the driving situation.