We all know how amazing the new BMW 7-Series is. It's the kind of car that offers futuristic technologies wrapped in a contemporary design that will wow just about anyone who lays eyes on it. And it will make tech geeks weep with delight just thinking about its many advanced features.
Now, the latest BMW full-size sedan offers buyers a new option--an earth-friendly one. The 740e iPerformance, the 740Le iPerformance and the 740Le xDrive iPerformance are essentially the luxury sedan with a hybrid drive, in three distinct flavors.
Whether one opts for the regular version, the long-wheelbase variant or the one fitted with all-wheel drive, one will be getting the brand's most potent 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant with TwinPower turbocharging technology. This piece of kit blesses the mill with a healthy 258hp and 400Nm spread from 1,550rpm to 4,400rpm, so the engine promises exhilarating performance at any speed. This is combined with a high-density electric motor that puts out another 113hp and 250Nm.
Integrated to an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox with paddle shifters, the gasoline-electric motor combo gives the car a combined system output of 326hp and a combined torque of 500Nm. This makes for a 0-100kph time of 5.4 seconds for the 740e iPerformance and 5.5 ticks for the 740Le iPerformance model. Being a hybrid, the new 7-Series can be as thrifty as 50km/L.
Those who want a bit more fun in their drive can go for the aforementioned BMW 740Le xDrive with its permanent all-wheel drive system. It's the same hardware found in the sport activity vehicle lineup that has taken the world by storm. One noteworthy trait this vehicle has is the ability to tread on all four corners while in pure electric mode. This means you can tackle tricky surfaces guilt-free.
This being a top-spec BMW, all the goodies that we've come to expect from the range are present, either as standard or optional extras. The Carbon Core construction, the laserlight headlights, and that cool key fob are all part of the package. The new BMW 7-Series hybrid gives new meaning to the phrase "having your cake and eating it, too."