New BMW 740e Performance specs
The new petrol/electric model, called the 740e, falls into BMW’s new iPerformance range, which applies knowledge gained from the i3 EV and i8 plug-in hybrid to more mainstream models. The 740e is the fourth iPerformance model, after the 225e Active Tourer, the 330e and the X5 xDrive40e SUV.
A 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine combines with an electric motor to deliver a system output of 322hp. Offered with a choice of two or four-wheel drive – the latter given BMW’s xDrive moniker – and in either short and long wheelbase body styles. The 740e can travel up to 30 miles on electric-only power, resulting in an official fuel consumption figure of 141.3mpg and just 45g/km of CO2 emissions. As with all hybrids, however, longer journeys will cause that figure to drop off drastically.
New BMW 750d xDrive specs
If the 740e’s 5.4-second 0-62mph time somehow seems a little too sedate, there’s another upcoming 7 Series which might grab your interest a little more firmly. The 750d xDrive is powered by an all-new diesel engine. The three-litre straight-six gains a hefty dose of boost courtesy of four turbochargers. The result? 395 horsepower and a whopping 561lb ft of torque. Combined with a permanent four-wheel drive system, that’s enough for a 4.6-second 0-62mph time (4.7 for the long wheelbase model).
To put that into perspective, that’s faster than a Ford Focus RS takes to do the same benchmark. All achieved in a luxury limousine which returns 49.6mpg…
Prices and release date
Both new 7 Series models are due in summer 2016. The 740e starts from £68,330, and rises to £74,880 for the long-wheelbase 740Le xDrive.
Find out more
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