BMW 740Ld xDrive Joining Diesel Market in the US

Slowly but surely, the real-world economy and bucket-loads of torque provided by diesel engines are resulting in more sale on US shores. BMW has just announced announced the 740Ld xDrive will be available stateside after its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
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740Ld xDrive means you're getting a 3-liter turbocharged engine making 258 HP and 560 Nm of torque, on a long wheelbase body and all-wheel drive. The manufacturer claims 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. No EPA numbers yet, but BMW does say it will be up to 30 percent more economical than an equivalent petrol engined car.

At $83,425 including the $925 destination, the 7er diesel faces competition from Audi. Their A8 L comes standard with a 3.0 TDI, a V6, and costs just $78,800. It's rated at 36 mph highway but has only 240 hp and thus requires 6.4 seconds to reach 60 mph. If looks are what you're after, there's also the A7 TDI, which is way cheaper at $64,500 plus destination.

When you also consider hybrid models or even the Tesla Model S, BMW's 740Ld xDrive. But the coolness factory of the 7 Series and the driving dynamics will go some way towards justifying the price.
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