2000 BMW 740i Sport - Quick Test
Care For A Little Dose Of M With Your Big Bimmer?
Remember the multi-talented BMW sedan assigned to super-agent James Bond in the most recent 007 flick, "Tomorrow Never Dies"? You know, the one that sat poised on those fabulous-looking 18-inch alloy wheels (not to mention packing handy little touches like a missile launcher). Don't expect to buy one just like it, but you can have something similar. BMW calls its civilian version the 740i Sport.
BMW's optional "Sport" packages are reasonably priced equipment and trim groupings that offer the enthusiast driver something in between a standard version and an ultra-high-performance M edition. The 7 Series receives the Sport treatment, along with a minor exterior freshening, for model year '99.
Order up the $2600 Sport option, and you'll get the following: Steptronic sequential shift system for the five-speed automatic, shorter final-drive ratio (3.15:1 versus 2.81:1), higher-stall-speed torque converter, and sport suspension developed in concert with BMW M. That means a 0.8-inch-lower front ride height, higher spring rates (10 percent front, 25 percent rear), substantially firmer shock absorbers, and larger front anti-roll bar.
And, ah, those rims. Technically called "M Parallel Spokes," they measure 18x8.0 inches up front, with steam-rollerish 18x9.5-inch units out back. They're wrapped by Z-rated Michelin Pilot SX tires-though they won't re-inflate themselves after a bullet riddling, like Bond's do. Completing the hardware upgrades are redwood interior trim, ultra-comfy-and-supportive power 18-way Contour sport seats, and tasteful exterior matte black trim.
While the standard 740i has always been a satisfying drive, the Sport package enlivens its every move. The lower rear gear and modified torque converter allow for seriously aggressive acceleration (0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds!), and the Steptronic adds an extra measure of driver control. Those sport seats keep you snug, while taking advantage of the increased grip and flatter cornering from the suspension and rolling stock. It's everything you've ever liked about a 7 Series -with performance volume cranked up.
Wonder if ultra-sexy stunt-woman, "Tomorrow" co-star Michelle Yeoh, is free for dinner.
|Vehicle configuration||Front engine, rear drive,|
|Engine type||90 V-8, DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder|
|Horsepower, hp @ rpm, SAE net||282 @ 5400|
|Torque, lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net||324 @ 7000|
|Transmission type||5-speed automatic|
|Base curb weight, lb||4255|
|0-60 mph, sec||5.9|
|Standing quarter mile, mph/sec||15.5/95.9|
|Braking 60-0 mph, ft||112|
|Lateral acceleration, g||0.86|
|Speed through 600-ft slalom, mph||63.6|
|EPA fuel economy, mpg, city/hwy.||15/21|
|Price as tested||$69,070|
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2000 BMW 7-Series Specifications
Driver/front passenger airbags supplemental restraint system...
Front door-mounted side impact airbags
Front seat side impact tube-deployed head protection system (HPS)
Ergonomic seat belt system-inc: automatic front seatbelt height...
Child seat safety belt locking device
Child-safety rear door locks
All season traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control
Side impact interlocking door anchoring system
Programmable daytime running lights
Airbag deployed automatic fuel cut-off
Impact sensor-inc: automatic door unlocking, interior lights,...
Rear seat backrest first aid kit
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2000 BMW 740i E38
(268.382 cu in)
3.62 × 3.26 in
4 valves per cylinder
32 valves in total
at 5400 rpm
1.05 bhp/cu in
at 3600 rpm
148.53 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
109.24 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
146.49 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
Last modified 2020-02-02.
Bmw horsepower 2000 740i
iA 4dr Sedan
2000 BMW 740 Specs
|Front head room||37 "|
|Rear head room||38 "|
|Front shoulder room||58 "|
|Rear shoulder room||58 "|
|Front leg room||41.9 "|
|Rear leg room||36.7 "|
|Luggage capacity||13.0 cu.ft.|
|Maximum cargo capacity||13.0 cu.ft.|
|Body width||73.3 "|
|Body height||56.5 "|
|Gross weight||5,313 lbs.|
|Fuel tank capacity||22.5 gal.|
|EPA mileage estimates||17 City / 23 Hwy|
|Base engine size||4.4 liters|
|Base engine type||V-8|
|Turning radius||19.1 ''|
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