As we alluded to last week- The US will begin seeing the 740i and 740Li this coming Spring.
This version of the flagship 7 will feature an up-rated N54 twin turbo inline six cylinder engine tuned to 315 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. This engine brings the power of a former V8 to an inline six while achieving exception fuel economy. Power will be sent to the rear wheels (no xDrive) via a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. As with all 2011 model year BMWs this pair of 740s will utilize brake energy regeneration to greater improve fuel economy and overall efficiency.
These models will come with less in terms of standard equipment but customers can order from the full gamut of options the 750 is offered with, up to and including the Individual options. In other words, you can now have a fully equipped 7 with better fuel economy and weight distribution thanks to a twin turbo six under the hood.
According to Alanna Bahri, the 6 and 7 series manager at BMWNA, the 740i and 740Li were requested by both dealers and consumers in the US market. She also stated, “the N54 in these models was initially developed specifically for the US, though it has been well received throughout Europe.” Stay tuned for more of our recent interview with Alanna in the coming days but for now you can read the official press release.