The 740e is no M car – it was made for comfortable cruising rather than carving up corners. Six available modes are there to choose from, ranging from Eco Pro to Sport +, each one giving the vehicle different characteristics. The base Eco Pro setting turns the 740e into even more of a fuel-sipper, dulling throttle response and softening steering in an effort to return maximum miles per gallon. The most-aggressive Sport+ setting, meanwhile, injects a bit more life into the luxobarge, turning it into a quasi-sporty four door with immediate throttle response and sharper steering.
Power for the 740e comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which may seem a bit strange at first in such a large vehicle, but when paired to a 9.2-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack and a 111-horsepower electric motor, it’s perfectly powerful. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain output is rated at 322 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, giving the car the ability to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 5.1 seconds.