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BMW 740 Model Years

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BMW's 7 Series first appeared in the 1978, and offered a more athletic alternative to luxury rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Now in its fifth generation, the current 7 Series lineup starts with the 740, available in short or long wheelbases, and with all-wheel-drive.

It features a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, making it the first 7 Series sedan powered by fewer than eight cylinders in over 20 years. With 315 horsepower, though, a new 740's output handily exceeds that of 12-cylinder variants from the early 1990s.

BMW 740 Generations

2009 - 2014 BMW 740

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Major changes included:

BMW introduced the fifth generation of the 7 Series in 2008 with more aggressive exterior design. A 315-horsepower 3-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine provided power. The rear-wheel drive sedan also featured Eco Pro, a fuel savings feature. Additional performance features included Driving Dynamics Control and Auto Start-Stop. Safety features included Lane Departure Warning, LED Headlights and Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

See Year: 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014

2002 - 2008 BMW 740

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Major changes included:

As part of a more aggressive technology strategy, the 740 included BMW's controversial iDrive -- a system that controlled most functions through a central dial and a screen in the dashboard. The debate continued outside, where Chris Bangle's unconventional design split opinion.

1995 - 2001 BMW 740

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Major changes included:

The third generation of BMW's 7 Series lineup included a 740 model based on the new E38 platform. A glass moonroof replaced the earlier model's steel sunroof. This generation also saw a number of new standard safety features, and the introduction of the first factory-integrated satellite navigation screen offered by European automaker.

See Year: 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001

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