The century old car marquee has discreetly added another petrol variant in its popular 7 Series lineup the same day when the government of India proposes its plan to restrict new car buying to those having adequate car parking space. The flagship 7 Series saloon has now got a smaller sibling, 740Li Design Pure Excellence Signature, with petrol motor, which is priced beastly at Rs. 1.26 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). The portfolio of BMW 7 Series in India now contains 2 petrol motors and 1 diesel engine.
740Li DPE will be the first petrol model of the 7 Series, which will be assembled locally at BMW’s plant in India. Other BMW variants that are assembled locally include the likes of 730Ld DPE, 730Ld M Sport and 730Ld DPE Signature.
The new 740Li petrol variant draws energy from a twin-turbo, 3.0-litre straight-six petrol mill that throws a power of 326PS along with a peak torque of 450Nm. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels of the car efficiently.
Making a sprint of 0-100kmph in just 5.6 seconds makes 740Li one of the most competent sedans of its time after its elder brother 750Li, which is 0.9 seconds faster than the 740Li. Claiming a fuel efficiency of 12.5Kmpl, the car can attain a top speed of 250Kmph.
As a part of the Design Pure Excellence package, the luxo-barge went under the knife to come out with little cosmetic changes, including exhaust tips with chrome finish, chrome-plated rear bumpers with inserts, chrome kidney grille with grey struts and active air stream, LED headlamps with BMW’s laser light and cornering and black brake calipers having company’s logo. Auto-high beam and adaptive function are the part of the standard package.
Talking about the other features, the all new 740Li Design Pure Excellence Signature comes with auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration, dynamic damper control having independent and infinite damping, and carbon core construction.
As far as the safety of the passengers is concerned, the German luxury carmaker made sure to include front, side and head airbags, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Cornering Brake Control.
From the inside, the saloon is undoubtedly filled with the taste of luxury, comfort and safety features that make it one of the best vehicles among its contemporaries. Ambient light, massaging seats, BMW Gesture Control and four-zone automatic climate control system are a bunch of features designed to make your ride comfortable.
The company will offer the 740Li in 4 color options:
As compared to its other petrol and diesel siblings, BMW 750Li DPE and M Sport, the 740Li will be cost effective because the former models follow the CBU route to India whereas the latter one will be assembled in the country itself at the Chennai plant. Mercedes-Benz S-Class S400 will be the fierce rival standing against the mighty 740Li DPE.