BMW 740e and 750d xDrive: complete guide

The BMW 7 Series will soon gain a pair of new engine options: a new plug-in hybrid model, and the most powerful diesel engine the German brand has ever produced.

This expansion to the range should provide extra ammunition for the advanced, lightweight luxury saloon to compete against the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8.

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

For an in-depth review of Munich’s finest, take a look at the BMW 7 Series deals page. You might be able to save yourself some cash on a new model, too! To learn more about the alternatives, take a look at our car configurator.

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