When thinking about buying a 7 Series one has plenty of choices. From blazing fast versions like the M760Li xDrive or the Alpina B7 Biturbo, to the fuel-efficient 730d, there’s a choice for everyone out there. However, those wanting luxury while also feeling good about polluting as little as possible will most likely go for the BMW 740Le, a perfect mix between space in the back and CO2-efficient cruising.
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However, while that choice might make sense in a city like San Francisco for example, it is a bit of surprise when a citizen living in Abu Dhabi decides to go for it. Could this mean that oil sheiks are finally starting to come around and are looking at investing in clean energy? Weirder things have happened but we have a feeling that’s not the case here. Why? Just check out the combination of parts thrown together on this BMW 740Le and you’ll understand.
First of all, the car was ordered with the M Sport package from the get go. That’s already a peculiar choice for the 740Le which is not even close to the fastest BMW in the range. The power mix under the sheet metal comes from a measly 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged mill making 258 HP and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. That’s combined with an electric motor delivering up to 113 HP and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. Together, however, they deliver 326 HP and up to 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque and make sure you can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds, slower than a 740d, for example.
Leaving that aside though, despite the car being built with the sole purpose of offering a more eco-friendly choice to customers, this model has been decked with a 3D Design front splitter on the bottom of the bumper while round the back you might notice an Alpina spoiler on the boot lid. The changes continue with the bi-color M Performance wheels as well as the carbon fiber covers for the side mirrors from the same manufacturer. Did all that work defeat the car’s purpose or could you still envision yourself behind the wheel of this car?