740e and 740Le will pair four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor
The new BMW 7-Series will soon be available in plug-in hybrid flavor, with the 740e and 740Le iPerformance luxury yachts going on sale next month. And BMW has just released the first specs on its newest addition to the flagship range, one of which will battle the S-Class Plug-In Hybrid.
The 740e and 740Le will be powered by a 2.0-liter four coupled with an electric motor, with the two churning out a combined 326 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor, integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, will be responsible for 113 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The eight-speed auto — the sole transmission choice — will send power to the rear wheels or all four wheels in xDrive guise. With xDrive, this 7-Series will be able to sprint to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds, with the rear-wheel-drive versions still staying comfortably in the mid-five-second range.
The 740e will pair a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor integrated into the transmission.
As with other plug-in hybrids, the 740e will be able to run on electric juice alone, with BMW indicating that the sedan will be able to cover between 25 and 30 miles on a full charge. That full charge, however, will take just under four hours, but for most trips around town the range should be plenty. Using the i Wallbox (yes, just about everything starts with an i) charger, the charging time will clock in at under three hours. Drivers will be able to select the electric mode at the touch of a button and also allow the gas engine to kick in when needed, using the kickdown feature.
Like a number of other plug-in hybrids, the 740e will offer a Battery Control mode, which will allow the driver to set the charge level of the battery to be used later. Drivers will be able to choose a target value between 30 and 100 percent of battery power and then use the battery alone by switching to pure-electric mode.
Still a 7-Series interior. Most of the iPerformance visual hints will be on the outside.
In addition to Sport, Eco Pro and Comfort modes, the 740e (and its long-wheelbase variant) will offer a special Adaptive mode, which will pick optimum comfort and efficiency settings based on the driving characteristics of the moment.
The 740e and 740Le will go on sale in August and will start at $90,095. BMW will publish more detailed price information closer to the actual start of sales.