2011 BMW 740i

Matt Tierney

In my day, I've driven plenty of 7-series cars with the numerals "740" on their trunk lids, and it's ingrained in my brain that those numbers indicated that there was a V-8 under the hood (even though it was a 4.4-liter V-8, not a 4.0-liter V-8, such are BMW's nonsensical naming protocols. But I digress). So it took me a minute after I pitched our 2011 BMW 740i sedan onto my favorite freeway on-ramp and then launched myself into the fast lane at ticket-worthy speeds before I remembered, Wow! This is a SIX-cylinder 7-series! Not a V-8! And then I remembered something one of my colleagues wrote in the October 2010 issue of Automobile Magazine, in our New Cars 2011 section, in regards to the proliferating number of 7-series models: "...if you live in a region where you need four-wheel drive, get a 750i xDrive. Otherwise, the six-cylinder is all the 7 you'll really need." At the time we published that, I had not yet driven the six-cylinder 740i, and my colleague's statement gave me pause. "Really?" I remember asking myself. But I trusted his judgment. And now that I've driven the 740i, I heartily concur. The twin-turbo inline six is available either in the short-wheelbase 740i or the long-wheelbase 740iL, and both are rated at a decent 17/25 city/highway for EPA fuel mileage.

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

bmw-jo
Great review about the "bmw 740" model! I have been trying to find an appropriate model with some basic requirements in Greece @ http://www.bmw.gr and now I've come closer to make a decision.Thanks,Jo
BigBlock45
Perusing the test car's optional sheet was interesting until I got to the "M Package"! Whaaa, performance summer tires on a 6-cylinder luxo barge! In this price range, you either get the good stuff or trade down. (Sigh...) whatta about a Taurus SHO?
mo_pho
@DayeBy that same logic, a 535i has the same engine as this car, costs much less, and is more car than anyone needs. So why would anyone splurge on a 7? -_-
tonkatoytruck
Why would an M anything be mentioned in the same breath as a 7 series?The M is dimunitive compared to the top German models.Although, IMO, the flagship of any German vehicle should only come with a V8 or more.
Daye
Infinity's M37 has more power and costs way less than this Bimmer. Call me crazy, but I'd go with the Infinity and maybe pick up an MX-5 or a Genesis Coupe with the spare change.

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