InsideLine publishes their report and thoughts on the 2011 BMW 740i we have recently reviewed as well. The 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li feature BMW’s the twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine with maximum 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.
Without any further ado, let’s have a look at their review.
You’ve heard it before. BMW says that the new engine can grunt like an eight-cylinder while using no more fuel than the standard inline-6. The EPA mpg figures support this assertion, as the 2011 BMW 740i is rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway — though as you might expect, this girl drinks premium only. If these don’t seem like astounding fuel-efficiency figures, bear in mind that the engine is lugging around a full 4,432 pounds with the new-style F01 body, while that big, bad 750Li returns a less-than-stellar 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
This car is not 750i fast, but it goes. Despite developing full boost (and torque) by a near miraculous 1,600 rpm, the twin-turbocharged six does sometimes feel as though it could use just a little bit more low-end oomph, but it’s far from unacceptable. Just allow the tach needle to continue its steady swing across the tachometer and the 740i picks up speed with an eerie quickness. Keep your foot on the floorboard and your eyes on the road, and you’ll expect the car to hit redline and shift three times before it finally does, at 7,000 rpm. BMW claims that 60 mph is dispatched within 5.8 seconds.
Best 7 Series for the Buck
While we try not to make a habit of inciting rage among German engineers and Bimmer fans worldwide, we’re nevertheless awfully tempted to say the BMW 740i is the best 7 Series to date — or at least the best variant in 2011. The car provides all of the same fuel economy benefits as the ActiveHybrid 750i without the $32,000 technology surcharge.
And since it weighs less by the margin of two well-fed executives, the 740i is also a hoot to drive, too. Sure, it doesn’t quite offer the kick in the pants of its 7 Series siblings, but let’s face it, the average American 7 Series owner isn’t doing much stoplight drag racing anyway.
The 2011 BMW 740i is the perfect choice for nearly everyone who is considering big luxury, and exactly what the 7 Series lineup needed to stay innovative and current. It combines efficiency, luxury and technology without sacrificing the driving dynamics for which BMW is so renowned. The car is pure BMW in the best way possible.