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BMW 740e iPerformance on sale in Australia from $229,000

August 10, 2016

BMW has confirmed the 740e iPerformance luxury sedan will arrive in Australia “late-2016”, coming in as the first high-end model under the new iPerformance sub-brand.

BMW 740e iPerformance-front

It is powered by a 190kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit and 83kW/250Nm liquid-cooled synchronous electric motor, producing a combined 240kW and 650Nm of torque. BMW has thrown out the sports automatic transmission in favour of its eight-speed steptronic unit instead.

The 740e iPerformance has an all-electric range of 48km, and can travel up to 140km/h on the 9.2kWh batteries alone, having benefitted from battery-cell technologies from the development of its i3 and i8 vehicles.

This translates into a 0-100km/h run in just 5.4 seconds – not bad for what is essentially a limousine. Despite the brisk acceleration, BMW claims a combined cycle consumption of just 2.2L/100km, emitting just 50g/km of CO2, proving best in its respective class in EU test cycle results.

BMW says the 9.2kWh capacity lithium-ion battery can utilise as much of 7.4kWh of its total capacity, and can be fully charged in a standard 230-volt socket in five hours. BMW’s new ELECTRIC program offers customers to opt for its I Wallbox, which can fully charge the 740e in just 2.5 hours thanks to a 3.7kW charging rate at 16 amps. BMW customers who opt for the ChargeNow card can also use public charging stations. BMW is offering a six-year/100,000km warranty for its high voltage battery system.

BMW 740e iPerformance-interior

As you can probably expect for a car with a starting price at a quarter of a million dollars, you’ll get a lot of equipment as standard. 19-inch wheels, 16-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system, a heated steering wheel, as well as seats and armrests, adaptive two-axle air suspension, adaptive LED headlamps, Nappa leather, M Sport package, and a whole lot more are all thrown in. Other highlights are outlined below.

Optional extras include a nearly endless range of personal touches for the interior, as well as comfort seats which can recline up to 42.5 degrees, massaging seats, a heat comfort package and rear entertainment package which includes two 10-inch screens, BluRay drive and digital television package.

The BMW 740e will be available in late 2016, with prices starting at $229,000 (plus on-road costs). Marc Werner, BMW’s Australian CEO said;

“The new 7 Series has already set new benchmarks for innovation in its segment. Now with the 740e iPerformance, we reinforce our commitment to a greener future, without sacrificing the performance and luxury expected of our 7 Series flagship.”

The addition of the 740e iPerformance marks BMW’s third member of BMW’s environmentally conscious sub-brand, iPerformance, following the introduction of the X5 xDrive40e and 330e sedan.

  • 19-inch light-alloy Wheels
  • BMW Display Key
  • BMW Touch Command
  • Lane Change Warning with Steering Assist
  • Exterior Design Pure Excellence
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system (16 speakers)
  • Heat comfort package, front (heated seats for driver and front passenger, heated armrests for centre console, driver and front passenger doors and steering wheel heating)
  • Instrument panel finished in leather
  • Interior Design Pure Excellence
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Professional Navigation with Gesture Control
  • Side Blinds, electric
  • M Sport package (no-cost option)
  • Further standard specification
  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Selective Beam
  • Eight-speed Sports automatic transmission with Steptronic
  • Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO mode (including ADAPTIVE mode)
  • Servotronic steering
  • Intelligent Emergency Call
  • TeleServices
  • Remote Services
  • Real Time Traffic Information
  • Concierge Services
  • Internet
  • Active seat ventilation, front
  • Active Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Comfort Access System, including contactless opening/closing of rear tailgate
  • Comfort seats for driver and front passenger including lumbar support
  • Digital Radio DAB+
  • Driving Assistant Plus (Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning, Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Forward Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with light city braking function, Crossing-traffic Warning (front and rear), Rear Collision prevention and Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go function)
  • Head Up Display
  • Parking Assistant
  • Rear View Camera
  • Soft-close function for doors
  • Sport leather steering wheel with Gearshift Paddles
  • Sunblinds, rear and rear side electric
  • Surround View with 360 degree function and panorama view
  • Voice control
  • Glass Sunroof

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.