Test drive the first 2023 BMW 7 Series: a solid cruiser packed with new technology

Yes, the new 7 Series will have split headlights.

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The launch date of the seventh generation of the BMW 7 Series is approaching. BMW is the leading provider of luxury and technology combinations, bringing new features to the full-size premium space while still maintaining its aggressive on-road behavior. We won’t know much about the seventh series until its date Official debut on April 20. But after a brief tour of a prototype 7 Series in Munich, Germany, I’m happy to report that the good driving spirit is still intact.

common platform

The 2023 7 Series is built on a platform that supports many types of powertrains. Globally, BMW will sell gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines (guess which one won’t come to the US) powered by 48-volt mild hybrid systems. An additional hybrid variant will also be offered, as well as All-electric i7.

Using a single platform for all types of propulsion means that BMW can be more flexible and better able to meet production demands. If the i7 suddenly becomes very popular, BMW could focus on rolling out electric vehicles without making major tweaks to the assembly line. All 7 Series models will be built at the company’s plant in Dingolfing, Germany.

Since BMW is keeping most of the specifications and details of the 7 Series under wraps until the car’s official premiere, there’s not much I can tell you about the camouflaged vehicle that BMW allows me to test. This car has a mild hybrid V8 and all-wheel drive, with just the right amount of thrust for a big car. Transitions between the 48V electrical system and the gas engine are seamless, and while there aren’t exact output numbers yet, I’ll be using the old Rolls-Royce spec: “appropriate.”

The new 7 Series will have a two-axle air suspension with active roll stabilization – the same system used on the new model Rolls Royce Ghost. My test car rolls on 20-inch wheels, but BMW will offer 21 seconds, and the optional rear axle steering will allow those wheels to spin up to 3.5 degrees in either direction, depending on speed. Wheel and tire options will be common across the entire 7 Series range; What’s on the i6 or V8 should be available on the i7 electric.

Gas-only, hybrid or electric – all 7th-series powertrains ride on the same platform.

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On the road

Given the big and important job of the 7 Series, the main goal is to make this car feel solid as a bank safe and very comfortable, too. The 7 Series cruises an unfettered stretch of German motorway at 130mph, and it’s great—never afloat, but neither is it heavy or cumbersome. It’s quiet too, even in this not quite finished prototype stage. Like the i7, gas-powered 7 Series models will be available with The new highway assistant from BMWwhich allows long-term hands-free driving on certain US highways.

Coming off the highway and hitting some winding country roads, the 7 Series’ driving is smaller than it is. You can definitely feel the anti-roll technology working not only to keep the car level during cornering, but also to mitigate unnecessary body movements from rough pavement. The Sport driving mode increases throttle response and adds some weight to the steering (which it needs), but I find myself leaving the 7 Series at its default setting quite often. With the added stability of anti-roll technology and an ergonomically tuned chassis, this is the best way to experience the new Model 7.

BMW Highway Assistant allows hands-free driving.

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Comfortable cabin with theater screen

In fact, I didn’t remember the size of this sedan until I hopped into the back seat of the Seventh Series; From behind the wheel, it really does feel like a smaller, leaner car. At the rear, passengers are treated to plenty of legroom and plenty of headroom, but that’s par for the track in such a large sedan.

A particularly cool part of the 7 Series’ interior is a pair of screens on the doors. These screens are the size of a smartphone – slightly smaller than the iPhone 12 – and give occupants access to various climate and media functions. Companies already offer these types of rear-seat controls in the center console, but putting them in small screens on the doors feels more special and next-level.

These small screens will also be used to house the 7 Series mega rad feature: the theater screen That BMW debuted at CES earlier this year. The theater screen is a 31-inch 8K display that folds down from the ceiling, allowing occupants to access Amazon Fire TV or streaming media from personal devices. You’ll be able to use it on the go, but I can also have it handy when you want to relax and enjoy your Simpsons reboot while the i7 is charging.

As BMW’s best dog, the 7 Series will be available with the company’s latest and greatest comfort and convenience features. Expect glass controls, backlit wood trim, premium leather, and the iDrive 8 infotainment system with augmented reality gauge cluster – the good stuff. In addition to the new Highway Assistant, the 7 Series will also have an improved version of the BMW Professional Parking AssistantThis makes it easier than ever to get this big sedan into tight spaces.

The new seventh series will premiere on April 20.

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almost

Then Debuting later this monthThe 2023 BMW 7 Series will begin to hit the road in November. There’s clearly a lot we don’t know yet, including what it will look like. These camouflaged images do not show much, although you can clearly see the large grille and separate lamp design. Here we hope that the end product will look good; BMW’s modern design language has been…controversial to say the least.

This prototype engine simply proves that big Bimmer engines like the 7 Series should be. It’s as quiet as it is comfortable, but it doesn’t hate crowds along a winding road. Assuming the rest of the car is just as fun, the BMW 7th has to be one of the best.


Editor’s note: Travel costs related to this story were covered by the manufacturer, which is common in the auto industry. Roadshow Team’s judgments and opinions are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content.