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2017 BMW 740d xDrive Does 0 to 260 KM/H Performance Tests on German Autobahn

90% of all German cars are electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). But because the 7 Series is really cool, BMW decided to let it have ten more and let it frolic on the Autobahn. And what better way to check that out than with a video dedicated to the ever-popular twin-turbo 3.0-liter configuration.
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As we've said before, all of the engines for the 7 Series are brand new and will trickle down to other BMW models. The 740d xDrive is no exception, featuring the new B57 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder biturbo plant that takes over the N57D30T1 unit.

First, let's look at the specs, which have gone up from 313 PS and 630 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque to 320 HP and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque, so about the same power but 30 more torque than the equivalent Audi engine.

When combined with the standard 8-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel-drive, this engine is capable of pushing to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds. As for fuel consumption, this is a very reasonable 5.2 l/100 km (45 mpg) according to BMW. However, if you are not satisfied, there's a variety of other engines to choose from, ranging from the 730d to an all-mighty V12 in the 760Li.

Below, you're going to see how the 740d maxes out at 260 km/h (161 mph) on the Autobahn. The unmistakable red digital fascia of the Sport mode is cool, but we're mostly interested in the average fuel economy being displayed: only 7.1l/km (33.2 mpg), suggesting the 740d is very efficient.

As with all BMWs, the real problem of the 7 Series is the price, which inches higher with each generation. All the cool features you see in these videos cost a pretty penny. You even have to fork over €300 for the digital key. But while you could buy a cheaper and more efficient hybrid from Lexus before, now BMW even has a plug-in version of its flagship. So it's a hard car to ignore for those rich enough to afford one.

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