Ending the year 2016 on a high-note, BMW has silently added a new variant to their 7-Series line-up. The new flagship model gets a new variant powered by a smaller petrol engine and a price tag of Rs. 1.26 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the new variant, BMW now has 2 petrol powered variants and one diesel powered variant of the 7-Series in India.
The 740 Li is powered by a 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder engine that breaths through twin-turbo. The engine develops a maximum of 322 BHP of power and 450 Nm of maximum torque. The power is transferred to the rear wheels through 8-speed dual clutch Steptronic transmission. The luxury saloon is powerful enough to touch 100 km/h from standstill in just 5.6 seconds. It is only 0.9 seconds slower than the more powerful and more expensive 750 Li. The car is electronically limited at 250 km/h due to safety reasons. The super powerful car returns a maximum of 12.5 km/l.
The 740 Li is available in only one trim, the Design Pure Excellence (DPE). The car gets cosmetic changes like chrome treated signature kidney grille, chrome inserts on the rear bumpers and chrome-finished exhaust tips. The saloon also comes with the laser light LED headlamps with cornering assist. The high-tech headlamp comes with an adaptive function that adjusts itself according to the situation and automatic high-beam function, that operates the high-beam according to the need.
On the inside, the BMW 740 Li DPE is packed with features. The saloon gets ventilated front and rear seats, ambient lighting with mood lights, 4-zone automatic climate control system, BMW Gesture Control, lounge seating for the rear passengers with massage function for the rear seats. The car also gets electric blinds for the rear windows and glass, panoramic sunroof with 15,000 illuminated graphic surfaces in the glass.
Safety-wise, the saloon gets 6 airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, Dynamic Braking Lights, Cornering Brake Control, electric parking brake, run flat tyres, rear parking sensors with camera, crash sensor and electronic vehicle immobiliser.
The new saloon will be assembled in India unlike the 750 Li, which entered the country through CBU route. This will also become the most affordable 7-Series of the line-up and will compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class s 400.