Following its successful introduction into the market in 2008, and subsequent update this year with the introduction of the M Sport Package, the BMW 7-series will further expand its position in the 2011 model year with the launch of a new six-cylinder model.

In line with the automaker’s EfficientDynamics engineering philosophy, BMW announced today that its flagship sedan would get a smaller twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine pumping out 315 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 330 pound-feet of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm.

The unit is based on the same 3.0-liter block found in a host of other BMW models, including cars like the 335i and Z4 sDrive35i. In the 2011 BMW 7-Series, the award-winning engine will reside in the new 740i and 740iL long-wheelbase variant.

Both models will go on sale as 2011 models in spring 2010. Pricing will be announced closer to the sales launch. Despite being the new entry-level models for the 7-Series range, they will be available with a full complement of options and packages, including the M Sport Package, Driver Assistance Package, Luxury Seating Packages, Rear Entertainment Package, and even the BMW Individual Composition Package.

[BMW]

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