BMW 740 iPerformance Pairs Electric Power with Luxury

by Shane McGlaun
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BMW has unveiled a new version of its 7-series, called the 740 iPerformance. It can be had in a standard wheelbase version (740e) or a long wheel base version (740le) with more rear-seat legroom. Power for the car comes from a 4-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine combined with an electric motor and 9.2 kWh battery.

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The total power output for the car is 326 hp, with the turbo engine offering up 295 lb-ft. of torque, and the electric motor providing 184 lb-ft, but don’t try adding those numbers up. In peak configuration, the total system torque is 369 lb-ft – still nothing to sneeze at. It has an 8-speed Steptronic transmission allowing manual gear selection. The 740Le xDrive iPerformance variant gets permanent all-wheel drive, which incorporates both the gas and electric parts of the powertrain.

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The car can reach 62 mph in 5.3 seconds and consumes only 2.5-2.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. I’m not sure what that works out to in U.S. MPG, but it sounds good for a car this big. There is no word on pricing or availability just yet.


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