BMW 7 Series 740Li M Sport Review
Reinvented boss

Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
18 Nov 2015
 

Introduction

God created the world in 7 days, so that number has reverent significance to many. It represents new beginnings, breathtaking masterpieces and awe-inspiring wonderment; a fitting name then, for what BMW calls its technology leader and innovations platform.

Throughout its nearly four decade long history, the 7 Series has always been the harbinger of the direction that the BMW group is taking on with its cars. Everything that goes into a 7 Series will at some point find its way down the line up through to all BMW cars. So it’s an important car then.

They don’t call it the flagship for nothing, and this new one codenamed G12 (G11 for the short wheelbase) has a long heritage to live up to and a tradition to carry on. The tradition of bringing the game to a whole new level that is. Iconic features like the now famous iDrive and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) was introduced on its predecessors; which means it’s almost taken for granted that BMW will awe the motoring world with some new tech in the 7 Series’ latest incarnation, launched here slightly over a week ago.

BMW says that this car was designed with its customers’ feedback and desires closely in mind; designers took inspiration and customer opinions in various cities around the world including Shanghai and this little red dot. Places like these are renowned for their economic standing globally, and represent a level of affluence that demands more and more over the years. With ever changing expectations and interpretations of what luxury means, BMW has listened to its well-heeled customers and delivered what best represents their collective expectations.

The new 7 Series then, is supposed to be of great opulence but also true to its DNA of being a driver’s car – it should still deliver sheer driving pleasure. But will it turn out to be a compromise between the two? Let’s find out.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 6
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (84 x 94.6)mm
Power 322bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1380rpm
Power to Weight 174.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(5098 x 1902 x 1478) mm
Wheelbase 3070 mm
Kerb Weight 1845 kg
Boot Capacity 515 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 78 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs