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BMW News: BMW Unveils the 7-Series Plug-In Hybrid

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BMW has revealed the plug-in hybrid variants of the 7-Series. Known as the 7-Series iPerformance, the models feature technolgies from BMW's i subbrand.


There will be three variants of the 7-Series iPerformance on offer; the 740e, 740Le, and 740Le xDrive. All feature a powertrain that is comprised of a 2.0L turbo-four and electric motor delivering a total output of 326 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic and either rear or all-wheel drive. A 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack sits underneath the rear seat.


BMW says the 7-Series iPerformance can hit 60 MPH between 5.3 to 5.5 seconds. On the EU test cycle, the model has an electric range of 25 to 30 miles.


There are a couple of other tricks up the 7-Series iPerformance's sleeve,

  • Adaptive Driving Mode: Designed to provide the best powertrain and suspension settings based on driver input and data from the navigation system.
  • Battery Control: Driver can tell the vehicle how much of a battery change needs to be maintained (between 30 to 100 percent). BMW says this system allows a driver to only use the gas engine on the highway to save the battery charge. (This is similar to the Hold mode on the Chevrolet Volt).
BMW has confirmed to Autoblog that the 7-Series iPerformance will be available in the U.S. in August.


Source: BMW, Autoblog


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Like everything else, who did not see this coming. Using their Carbon Fiber core of the i Series to reduce the bloated weight of their piggy cars will gain them some stiff driving dynamics with much better MPG.


I would be willing to say that if they kept everything the same in the current auto, but went to using carbon fiber, high strength steel and aluminum they could see a nice bump in the MPG and make people happy with a far better responsive auto.

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