Now that the New BMW 7 Series reviews are out, it’s time to update our video gallery as well (Subscribe now to BMWBLOG channel http://bit.ly/bmwblog_subscribe). The footage below shows the BMW 750i xDrive, along with the more eco-friendly 745Le xDrive. We had the chance to test both models and you can find our reviews here and here.
The new 7 Series hybrid is part of the recently unveiled new PHEV family which spans across multiple series – from the 3 all the way to the 7, and to the high-end X models as well. The new 745Le, or simply 745e in the United States, will arrive in the Spring on this side of the pond and brings a significant drivetrain upgrade over the outgoing 740e. Instead of the 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, the new 7 Series PHEV uses the brand’s popular 3.0 liter inline-six patron engine which aims to correct some of the power deficiencies of the 740e.
The petrol engine itself makes 286 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor has a rated output of 113 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, gains of 2 hp and 9 lb-ft. Total power output: around 394 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
The electrically powered range of the new BMW 745e is between 54 and 58 kilometers (33-36 miles), while the new BMW 745Le reaches 52 to 55 kilometers (32-34 miles). The new BMW 745Le xDrive achieves an electrically powered range of 50 to 54 kilometers (31-33 miles). All these figures are for the European market, the EPA in the US has yet to publish the mpge figures. Regardless of the final figure, the electric driving range will be at least double of the 740e model.
The conventionally-powered 750i xDrive continues to make use of the popular 4.4 liter V8 engine. Compared to the outgoing 750i, the facelifted BMW 750i xDrive gets the same new 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 as the M850i, so it makes a very healthy 523 hp and 553 lb-ft which is available between 1,800-4,600 rpm. The new engine has exactly 78 horsepower and 78 pound-feet more than the previous V8.
The 750Li xDrive is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, which is extremely quick for a large limousine.
Both models are using the ZF eight-speed transmission.
To see the two cars in action, click below: