As past of a continuing plan to sell more diesels here in the USA, BMW is launching its oil-burning luxury sedan at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. Boasting more than 400 ft-lbs of torque and fuel economy near 30 MPG, this is one big sedan that knows how to make the most out of every gallon of fuel.
With a starting price of $83,425, the BMW 740Ld xDrive sedan will also come with all-wheel drive and the latest diesel injection technology. The 3.0 liter TwinPower inline six-cylinder engine delivers just 255 horsepower but 413 ft-lbs of torque between 1,500 and 3,000 RPMs. So despite weighing well over 4,000 pounds (and probably closer to 5,000), the BMW 740Ld can boogie from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.1 seconds, and new technology further reduces dangerous diesel particulates.
Not only does it go fast, but it does it while burning comparatively little fuel. BMW is projecting a 25% to 30% fuel economy improvement over the 3.0 liter turbo I6 currently powering the U.S. 7-series, which returns 19 MPG in the city and 29 on the highway. Figuring a 25% improvement, the BMW 740Ld could return as much as 36 MPG on the highway with sports car-like acceleration. Not as impressive as the 45 MPG BMW 328d, but the 2014 BMW 740d is a whole lot more car to move too.
That’s the magic of diesel engines friends, and you can see the BMW 740Ld at its debut at the Chicago Auto Show next month.