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The Six Is Back: 2011 BMW 7-Series Adds 740i, 740iL

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The 2011 BMW 7-Series is bringing back six-cylinder engines.

BMW confirms today that its range-topping 7-Series sedan will get two additions in 2011. The new 740i and 740iL sedans will join the existing ActiveHybrid, eight-cylinder, and twelve-cylinder models in the 7-Series lineup.

The new engines are twin-turbo in-line six-cylinders, with the short- or long-wheelbase body being the primary difference between the two. The new engine will put out 315 horsepower at 5800 rpm, and 330 pound-feet of torque from 1600-4500 rpm.

BMW does not confirm it, but the powertrain seems technically similar to the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine in today's 3-Series sedan, which would mean a displacement of 3.0 liters--not the 4.0 liters indicated by the badge. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

BMW last offered a six-cylinder in the 7-Series in the 735i model, which joined the lineup in 1988 and was sold until 1992.

The new 2011 740i and 740iL go on sale in the spring, with a long list of available features including an M Sport package, luxury seating for the rear passenger cabin, a DVD entertainment system, and individual options for leather and wood trim.

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  1. Think about it, guys. The 335i has had a 3.0 liter twin-turbo six since that engine's debut, despite the vehicle's badge indicating otherwise. BMW abandoned displacement-specific long ago! Apparently the names now designate what size a naturally aspirated engine would have to be to generate the same numbers.
    Now it seems Mercedes does the same, with the S400 Hybrid. Not a 4.0 liter engine, but definitely more ooomph than the 3.5 liter V6 (underhood) alone.
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  2. Will this be sold in the US? The article does not say.
    BMW has long offered a 6 cylinder 7-series option abroad.
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