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What, No IMAX? The 2023 BMW i7


2023 BMW i7 front 3/4 view

Deep in the heart of a Barbenheimer summer, your inner cinephile has been awakened. You have big-screen fever, but as COVID cases tick up, perhaps sharing an auditorium with a couple hundred strangers munching popcorn makes you a bit uneasy. Yes, you could just fire up the 2023 BMW 760i, hop in the back seat and have your own private screening for one, two or three---but what about the environment, man?


2023 BMW i7 rear 3/4 view

Enter the 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60. It's a BMW 760i.


2023 BMW i7 theater screen

It can be had with the (optional at extra cost) Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package that includes a 31.3-inch theater screen.


And...

2023 BMW i7 hood up

2023 BMW i7 electric powerplant

...it's an electric vehicle. Zero tailpipe emissions. Zero tailpipe, period. Just two electric motors making 536 horsepower with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a range of 308 miles on a single charge. Those charges, when done on a DC fast charger, happen pretty quickly, too. Ten percent to 80 percent in 28 minutes.

2023 BMW i7 trunk open

2023 BMW i7 rear seat

2023 BMW i7 rear seat control surface

2023 BMW i7 rear seat control surface

2023 BMW i7 theater screen

Given that it's my second time with a BMW Theater Screen in four months, I'd love to show you more than the Amazon Fire TV logo, but neither of these cars arrived with active wi-fi accounts, so entering my Amazon login and password doesn't get us beyond the start screen. I will say the screen looks like it would deliver great pictures, and the sound goes through the amazing extra-cost Bowers & Wilkins sound system, so I'd expect great things.

2023 BMW i7 front seats

2023 BMW i7 instrument cluster

The base price of the 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60 is $120,295 including destination---$5,700 more than the gasoline-powered 760i xDrive. There is still a premium for EVs over ICE, but that's not a horrendous leap, especially if you look at it in percentage terms.


That money buys you power-folding heated side mirrors, extended Merino leather upholstery, a one-year subscription to SiriusXM Satellite radio, a three-spoke leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, navigation, head-up display, digital instrument cluster and central information display, voice control, selectable drive modes, keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android auto, soft-close automatic doors, power multi-function front and rear seats, a panoramic LED roof, adaptive full LED headlights, parking assistant and backup assistant, climate comfort laminated glass, radiant heating, and acoustic protection.



2023 BMW i7 steering wheel and gauge cluster

2023 BMW i7 center console and screen

It should come as absolutely no surprise that our car had extra-cost options. This is, after all, a BMW. What might surprise you is that those options add $36,300 to the price of the car.


Ready?


The Frozen Deep Grey paint is $5,000. The Driving Assistance Pro Package is $2,100. BMW individual Composition, which apparently coordinates the Alcantara headliner with the rest of the interior, is $5,450. The Luxury Rear Seating Package, which is rear massaging seats, is $600.


Just getting started. The M Sport Package (21-inch M Aerodynamic bi-color wheels, an M steering wheel, Shadowline exterior trim, M Sport exterior and interior elements) is $1,200. The M Sport Professional Package is $950. The Parking Assistance Package is $900. The Executive Package (active comfort drive with preview, automatic doors, crystal headlights, front massaging seats and active roll stabilization) is $6,550. The Rear Executive Lounge Seating, which includes reclining seats and footrests, an executive lounge rear console and the BMW theater screen, is $7,250. Then there's $1,300 for climate comfort laminated glass, $100 for an interior camera, and $4,800 for the Bowers & Wilkins sound system. And the bottom line of the window sticker ends up at $156,595, topping the as-tested price of the gasoline-powered 760i by $7,550.


2023 BMW i7 front view

2023 BMW i7 side view

2023 BMW i7 rear view

Is it worth it?


I would LOVE to be able to give you a qualified answer to that from the perspective of someone who could entertain the idea of $156,595 for an automobile, but I'm not that guy.


I will say, it would be nice to be that guy, because the i7 xDrive60 is an amazing machine, and driving it every day would not be a tough ask---to say nothing of movie night.

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