By on February 7, 2014


BMW has debuted a diesel-equipped version of its flagship 7-series sedan in the US. Jack will not be driving one.

The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive features a direct-injected, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel expected to return a 25 to 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency. With its 8-speed automatic transmission, 255 horsepower and a blonde hair over 400 lb-ft of torque. The interior features are typical of BMW, featuring all the latest in optional Bavarian gizmos.

We’re told the base MSRP for this big body Beemer will be $83,425. Expect to see them in showrooms this spring.

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9 Comments on “Chicago 2014: 2014 BMW 740Ld...”

  • avatar

    Diesel makes most sense to me in cars/SUV/Trucks this size, and price range. They are too big to really “race” and most drivers of these types of vehicles rarely ever push them hard. Why waste gasoline when diesel is so much more efficient to haul all the mass?

    I’m also anxious to see diesel/ plug-in hybrids.

  • avatar

    “Direct injected”. Is that code for “sell it before the warranty period expires”?

    • 0 avatar

      No, it’s probably “code” for “not INdirect-injected”.

      See (and the following section, etc).


    • 0 avatar

      Diesels have been direct inject for a long time now. They don’t seem to have as many problems as gasoline direct inject IF they are engineered well, of course. You couldn’t get the high horsepower and torque ratings you get out of diesels with the old fashioned indirect injection non turbo diesel engines. You’d be looking at power like the diesels of the early eighties.

      • 0 avatar

        These engines are common rail diesels with injector psi of up to 35k psi in class 8 trucks. One injector costs about $1600. The BMW engine block is aluminum and the compression is around 18 to one vs 21 to one my 83 MB CDT. The 83 and all of that type use a pre-ignition chamber for main ignition. As in explosion.
        Those that buy car diesels new get rid of them much before being overwhelmed with maintenance costs.

  • avatar

    Proud Partner of the Special Olympics, if Ld is any indication.

    And they need to stop putting white interiors in their cars, if anybody besides a lessee is supposed to want it 5 years from now.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    I can’t cease to be astonished at how ugly these “ped pro” 740’s are…

  • avatar

    can’t drive one, I’m not 74 years 0ld yet.

  • avatar

    I haven’t seen if these are available with the AWD system yet – I was astonished with I drove one of the first 4-wheel’d 7’s over Eisenhower to Vail.

    Not that most of your image-conscious Seibener shoppers are going to spec the Diesel AND the AWD.

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