The BMW 740Ld xDrive is the latest addition to the luxurious 7 series family. Like the rest of the models in the 7 series, the 740 range offers the same level of luxury and refinement, but the only difference between it and its cousins is that it is powered by a duo of gasoline or diesel-powered inline-six cylinder engines, instead of the usual V8 or V12 motors.
With a 205.3 inch long wheelbase, 24.9 inch width, 58.3 inch height and weighing in at 4,680 pounds, the weight and the dimensions of the BMW 740Ld xDrive almost looks and feels like a land based yacht.
The engine in this particular model in a 3 liter, turbo-diesel, inline-six unit, rated at 255 horsepower and more than enough 413 lb.ft. of torque. In this car, all the power from the engine is routed to all four wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. To conserve as much fuel as possible, the BMW 740Ld xDrive comes standard with engine stop-start feature and energy brake regeneration system.
When the drivetrain is pushed hard, the BMW 740Ld xDrive hits 60 mph from 0 in a respectable 6.3 seconds. For comparison, the gasoline powered 740Li xDrive completes the challenge in 5.4 seconds. When compared to the diesel engine, the gasoline engine is a 3 liter, twin-turbo, inline-six motor rated at 315 horsepower and 335 lb.ft. of torque.
The chassis of the BMW 740Ld xDrive is very balanced and offers the perfect combination between luxury and performance. The suspension soaks up majority of the road imperfections and offers a very smooth and balanced ride. However, when driven over a large pot hole, the discomfort is felt through the suspension and the steering wheel. The standard rim size in the 7 series is 18 inches, but can be optioned with either 19 or 20 inch rims as well. Regardless of the rim size, all BMW 7 series come standard with run-flat Pirelli tires.
Driving the BMW 740Ld xDrive over long distances is not an issue. The EPA rate the fuel efficiency of the car at 23 city, 33 highway and 26 combined and with a 21.1 gallon diesel tank, the cruising range is estimated at more than 600 miles.
Starting price for the BMW 740Ld xDrive is $83,450 (which is $1,500 more than the gasoline powered 740Li xDrive). But, be careful with the options list, if you select enough of them, the price of the car can easily climb into the six figures.
The current generation BMW 7 series entered the market in 2009 and it is slowly, but surely, showing its age when compared to its newer rivals. But, over the past few months, BMW has been busy testing prototypes of the upcoming 7 series and it just a matter of time before these new models arrive at your local BMW dealers nationwide.
Information and Images sourced from BMW USA.