The next-generation BMW 7 Series that has been spotted testing on several occasions may be introducing a new variation of the B58. It’s also understood that an all-new V8 powertrain could be introduced with the new model.
As BMW Blog reports, two states-of-tune for the B58 will be provided to the next-generation BMW 7 Series. The 735i is understood to offer a 200 kW power output while the 740i will deliver 272 kW. These power outputs will then be filtered into the X5, X6 and X7 ranges.
The publication also states that the flagship 750i will employ an all-new V8 mill which currently bears the S68 codename. This is an engine that was first talked about in 2019 and was rumoured to be a heavy rework of the N63 twin-turbopetrol 4,4-litre V8. The new unit is understood to adopt hybridisation which could give it a power output of 393 kW.
A previous report quotes BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse confirming the next-generation 7 Series sedan range will be topped by a fully electric variant, leading to speculation the flagship will wear the “Mi7” badge.
During a presentation at the BMW Group’s annual accounts press conference, Zipse confirmed the upcoming seventh-generation 7 Series range would include an all-electric option.
“The next-generation 7 Series will be available with four drivetrain variants: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully electric. All drivetrains will be based on a single architecture. And the top, most powerful 7 Series will be fully electric,” said the 56-year-old chairman of the board.
Citing unnamed sources, claims suggest that the new flagship will be called the BMW Mi7, featuring a 100 kWh battery, a peak output of “at least” 485 kW (compared with the M760Li’s 430 kW) and a range of around 640 km.