Premiere: 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li Sedans return to U.S.

7-series | December 16th, 2009 by 22
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As an exciting example of its EfficientDynamics engineering philosophy, BMW announced the North American debut of the 7 Series with a twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine. Featuring …

As an exciting example of its EfficientDynamics engineering philosophy, BMW announced the North American debut of the 7 Series with a twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine. Featuring BMW’s award-winning inline-6 engine that produces V-8 power on six-cylinder fuel consumption, the new BMW 740i and BMW 740Li achieve a remarkable balance of power, efficiency, and sporty driving dynamics. Both models will go on sale in the United States as 2011 models in Spring 2010. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

In 1977, the original BMW 7 Series was launched exclusively with inline-6 propulsion. The United States first met the BMW 7 Series in the 1978 model year as the 733i Sedan. The 733i featured a 3.2-liter inline-6 engine rated at 197 horsepower. The 733i remained on sale in America until it was replaced in 1985 by the BMW 735i Sedan. The 735i, which featured an updated inline-6 engine producing 218 horsepower from 3.4 liters, enjoyed a production run that lasted through the end of the 1992 model year. The 735i was joined by the extended-wheelbase 735iL in May of 1988.

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A keystone of BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy is “virtual displacement,” the notion that BMW’s modern engines of smaller displacement can equal or exceed the outputs of traditional engines of larger displacement and more cylinders. This principle is already seen in the BMW 750i model, which features a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine performing at the level of BMW’s previous-generation V12 engine. Virtual displacement provides the power of a larger engine with the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions signature of a smaller engine.

The 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li feature BMW’s internationally acclaimed twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine with up-rated output of 315 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque from 1600-4500 rpm. All-aluminum construction, High Precision direct fuel injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft technology, and Brake Energy Regeneration are a few of the technologies used under the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy to place the 740i and 740Li among the most powerful six-cylinder luxury sedans in the world. Delivering power to the rear wheels is BMW’s 6-speed automatic transmission, well-known for fast, smooth gearshifts and an ability to intelligently adapt to the driver’s style.

Both models will be available with the full complement of well-known 7 Series options and packages, including the M Sport Package, Driver Assistance Package, Luxury Seating Packages, Rear Entertainment Package, and even the BMW Individual Composition Package.

22 responses to “Premiere: 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li Sedans return to U.S.”

  1. Josh B says:

    Saw my first 7 series with the “M” sports package driving on the road.
    I wasnt a fan of it in the pictures but in real life it looks fantastic i must admit.
    It was in a grey colour.
    Though i would spec it with the wheels i have on my 7 series not the M ones.
    They dont have as much presence and dont make the car look very bold or masculin. Mine are 20inch BMW ones. Far better in my opinion

    • plien69 says:

      Saw my first F01 a couple of weeks ago, and I totally agree that is looks better in person. There’s a presence to this car on the road that somehow does not come across in pictures. I think looking at static pictures, one’s eye is drawn to all the F01’s similarites with Lexus LS , etc., but on the road, the F01 comes into its own

  2. SWIFTY says:

    Mann, I would get this and just do a dinan or vishnu tune…it will be as good or better than a V8…not in the top end but over all i’m sure I’ll be satisfied considering that this will be much lighter than the twin turbo V8…

  3. Jordan says:

    this is fantastic news!

  4. :p says:

    I hope this will still be fast like 0-60 in 6 and as cheap as a 550i or less

    • Babak says:

      It definitely won’t be priced around the 550i, yet alone lower. This car is the flagship sedan. Think about 335i vs. 528i (the 5 is still priced higher). The price delta between this car and a 750i will be very similar (give or take few thousand) to the difference between the 535i and 550i. Expect this car to start at around $70,000, and with a smaller standard equipment list compared to a 750i.

  5. Kodey says:

    YESSSS!! Now i might be able to afford my 7 Series =]

  6. Gunnar says:

    Missing that old 88 735i… sigh…those E32’s were the best. Given that mostly 740i/740iLs were sold in the US from the late 80s through the 90s (read: e32/e38 gens) it’s nice to see this model designation return from retirement for gen. F01.

    That said, it does further underscore the demotion of the designation “750” as being subordinate to the new flagship 760i/Li.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a return to iL versus Li.

  7. Alain says:

    You guys need to stop posting press releases on this site and falsely claiming that you’re the authors of the article. Great job…

  8. Critic1 says:

    A press release will always be a press release and NOBODY can claim it as his article. BMWBLOG is the best blog in BMW news and covers every single thing related to BMW. If you don’t like go to other sites and read what you like!!!!!

  9. 100$ GUY says:

    Car and driver expects only a 1 mpg city / 2 mpg highway improvement vs the 750i.
    If thats the case, the minimal improvement would not offset what you lose in power/speed/presence.
    That depends of course of the final price tag of this 740i.

    • :p says:

      16 City and 24 Highway is rather realy great for a 2 ton car. 20mpg average avoids the guzzling tax and it is still 6 seconds from 0-60. Just one second slower but still faster than the base model A8

  10. Alain says:

    Horatiu: Good for you that you answered, but you clearly take credit, just look at the top left corner: “AUTHOR: HORATIU B”. First of all, how can you be an author of a press release? And please tell me where exactly have you stated that this is a press release? How do we know what’s a press release and what’s not on this blogsite?

    Critic1: If I want to read press releases, I’ll just head over to the official BMW site. What I want to read from a blog is not a praise err press release, but an article that will contain extra information or / and some criticism.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Alain, if you take a look at all the press release posted, you will see that we ALWAYS say Source: BMW, it was overlooked this time and maybe some other times as well, but no pun intended.

      Why do we post PR? Because we wanna pass on the message as related by BMW also, we wanna give them the courtesy to state the facts. The important press releases are ALWAYS followed by articles with extra information and further subject exploration.

      We can stay here and argue the whole day, but it’s really not our style and as you can see, we don’t ban, nor delete anyone’s comments that criticizes. That’s how we became a great blog with readers keeping us in line.

      From my point of view, this conversation is over, if you would like to talk further, feel free to use the Contact page and I will be happy to personally address this issue.

      P.S. Why have I not yet changed the article to say Source: BMW? Simple, to have other people see that we indeed missed that and not trying to cover up.

  11. Alain says:

    Appreciate your response Horatiu. Don’t get me wrong, I like the site, but I believe that some constructive criticism is necessary. In my opinion, opting for press releases over original articles is completely wrong as you misguide your readership. But yes, I’ve made my point so the matter is over.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Always accepted criticism and embraced it, that’s how we get better. Press releases are only about 5% of the overall articles and I already mentioned why we do that :)

      Point taken and no hard feelings.

  12. JoanzBm740il says:

    thats a great good newa i love bmw i got the 740 il but i want the m5 im looking for it…

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