BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance Preview – Video

AUG 30 2016 BY MARK KANE 9

Here is a video preview of one of the most luxurious plug-in hybrids to hit the market to date, the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance, which entered the U.S. market in late August. (Note: video-only preview until the 3:45 mark – talking points get underway thereafter)

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

The 740e is the top of the line version for the 7 Series (all-wheel-drive), with price starting from $89,100 plus $995 Destination and Handling.

We should mention that a $4,500 federal tax credit applies to the purchase, and can be deducted from the cost; making it roughly on par with other 7-series offerings.

Other plug-in competitors in this segment would include: the Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid, Mercedes S550e Plug-In Hybrid, and of course the Tesla Model S

Quick spec:

  • all-electric range of 14 miles (22.5 km) EPA
  • 9.2 kWh battery (6.5 kWh is usable)
  • electric only mode is available up to 75 mph (120 km/h)
  • top speed stands at 155 mph (250 km/h)
  • acceleration 0-60 mph (nearly 100 km/h) takes just 5.1 seconds
  • AWD with four-cylinder petrol engine (190 kW/258 hp and 400 Nm) combined with permanently excited synchronous motor (83 kW/113 hp, 250 Nm) integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for total system output of 240 kW/326 hp and 500 Nm)

 


BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

For Europe, there are a total of three versions of 740e in Europe – the two first are rear-wheel-drive:

Quicks Specs – BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance:

  • four-cylinder petrol engine (190 kW/258 hp and 400 Nm) combined with permanently excited synchronous motor (83 kW/113 hp, 250 Nm) integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for total system output of 240 kW/326 hp and 500 Nm)
  • RWD
  • acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 5.4 seconds (740e iPerformance) or 5.5 seconds (740Le iPerformance)
  • 9.2 kWh (net capacity of 7.4 kWh)
  • all-electric range (NEDC) up to 44–48 kilometres (27–30 miles)

Quick Specs – BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance:

  • four-cylinder petrol engine (190 kW/258 hp and 400 Nm) combined with permanently excited synchronous motor (83 kW/113 hp, 250 Nm) integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for total system output of 240 kW/326 hp and 500 Nm)
  • AWD
  • acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 5.3 seconds
  • 9.2 kWh (net capacity of 7.4 kWh)
  • all-electric range (NEDC) up to 41–45 kilometres (25–28 miles)

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9 Comments on "BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance Preview – Video"

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Blah blah, something about longer electric range, blah

They could easily have put this same 2.0 liter engine in the 330e for 4 second 0-60 times. Then I would have been interested with even a 20 mile range. Instead they put the detuned 320i engine in the 330e. Yes, the Volt and Fusion go further, but aren’t even in the same ballpark when it comes to acceleration and handling.

330e has, wouldn’t you believe it, 330 ft lbs of torque and is a blast to drive.

The engine is the same B48 as in the 740Le but mapped for efficiency like the 320i, I suspect BMW limited performance from the factory because it is technically capable of more power than a stock 340i and starts at a lower price point.. with significantly higher efficiency.

Burger tuning and Ventura have both released tunes for the 330e that maximize its performance and get the 0-60 in the high 4s.

As a side note, I recently found a flaw with my 330e. After 2k miles on the odometer, the average MPG gauge can’t show my actual average because 99.9 MPG is the highest it goes.

Woah, I also could see range and preconditioning my 2011 Nissan Leaf…this are really key features in a 2017 BMW.

99% of the buying public haven’t already owned an EV and so may not be quite as familiar with these features as you are. It’s good news that a major automaker with such good brand reputation is highlighting the benefits of plug-in vehicles.

If only it was an EV, I would love it!

Why did the man suddenly start speaking gibberish? He was speaking some sort of English before that.

“…all-electric range of 14 miles (22.5 km) EPA…”
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LOL…

I am actually a friend of the owner of Burger tuning. This is why I had my 335i run 132mph in the quarter mile (Ferrari 458 trap speeds) So yes, this car can easily run 0-60 times in the 4 second range with a simple plug in tuner. Again, it might be a lot worse than the Fusion, or Volt in AER, but it is a LOT better in high performance capabilities for those that are making the transition to a full BEV.

why plug in for 22km, get real BMW.