2011 BMW 740

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$70,650

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2011 BMW 740
2011 BMW 740

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Interior quality and luxury
  • Seating comfort
  • Much-improved iDrive system
  • Impressive technology

The bad:

  • Lethargic gas pedal response in Normal mode
  • Nonlinear brakes
  • Persistent drivetrain whine
  • High price

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • i

    $70,650

  • Li

    $75,050

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Our 2011 BMW 740 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Six-cylinder, V-8 and V-12 engines
  • ActiveHybrid models
  • Alpina B7 models
  • Six- or eight-speed automatics
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Regular and extended-length versions
  • Multiple driving modes

2011 BMW 740 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

BMW’s flagship 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan that competes with top-line sedans like the Audi A8, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The V-8 7 Series comes in regular and extended lengths with rear- or all-wheel drive and in 13 different models, including new hybrid models and Alpina B7 versions.

New for 2011
The 7 Series lineup expands for 2011 with the addition of ActiveHybrid 750i and 750Li models, the Alpina B7 (rear- and xDrive all-wheel-drive versions) and the reinstated 740i and 740Li, now powered by a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The ActiveHybrid 750 models have lithium-ion batteries, which power an electric motor that assists the V-8 during acceleration.

Exterior
The current 7 Series adopts more conservative styling than its predecessor. It’s also a bit larger. The optional M Sport Package augments the exterior with more aggressive lower bodywork, 19-inch wheels and darker Shadowline door and window trim. Exterior features include:

  • Extended-length versions are 5.5 inches longer
  • Aluminum roof, doors, hood and front fenders for decreased weight
  • Optional high-beam assist automatically dims high beams for oncoming drivers
  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard adaptive headlights move with steering wheel
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Standard 21-inch wheels (Alpina B7)

Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the 7 Series. An array of entertainment and comfort features is available. BMW’s iDrive system, which controls the navigation system, stereo, climate control and other functions, was revised in recent years to make it more user-friendly. Interior features include:

  • 10.2-inch dashboard screen for iDrive
  • Four-zone climate control, including independent control for rear passengers
  • Optional rear massage and ventilation seats
  • Optional rear entertainment system with dual screens in head restraints
  • Optional head-up display
  • Optional night vision with pedestrian detection

Under the Hood
The engine lineup includes a 315-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder for the 740 models; a 4.4-liter V-8 for the 750, Alpina B7 and ActiveHybrid models; and a 6.0-liter V-12 with 535 hp for the 760i. The V-8 produces 400 hp in the 750, 440 hp in the ActiveHybrid and 500 hp in the Alpina B7. All engines have twin turbochargers.

BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive can send up to 80 percent of power to the rear wheels if needed, keeping acceleration and handling traits similar to those of the rear-wheel-drive 7 Series. Mechanical features include:

  • Twin-turbocharged inline-six, V-8 or V-12 engines
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (six-cylinder and V-8 models)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission (ActiveHybrid and V-12)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Available Active Roll Stabilization actively counteracts body roll

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard first- and second-row side curtain airbags
  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard knee airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional lane departure warning system
  • Optional blind spot detection system

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.3

Nicest riding, handling car I have owned

Great ride, very comfortable, very good performance, good gas mileage, reliable six cylinder twin turbo engine. Stay away from the 750li model unless you have deep pockets. The 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 engines have too many problems.

4.3

Quiet, comfortable and good acceleration

This 2011 BMW 740Li is the best car I have ever owned. The interior is very comfortable, heated seats are great, L7 premium sound and satellite radio are the best sounding factory system available. The car is quiet, smooth and has the power when you need it. The 3.0 liter 6 cylinder engine is the most reliable engine in the 7 series. The eight cylinder engines burn oil and have too many issues with the twin turbo set-up. Overall just a great car 9/10.

5.0

A nice car I have seen

The oil pump was exploded and I took out and wash it and cause the water pump was moving when the engine was not starting.Can someone give me some solutions?

See all 13 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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