2024 BMW 750e xDrive First Drive: The 7 Series plug-in hybrid rules too!

2024 BMW 750e xDrive First Drive: The 7 Series plug-in hybrid rules too!

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The new 7 Series continues to impress in every format we've driven. An all-electric i7? Brilliant. The gas-powered 760i xDrive? A superb mode of transportation. Now, the streak continues with the 2024 BMW 750e xDrive plug-in hybrid.

If you were a little on the fence about going fully electric, the 750e xDrive is a lovely way to dip your toe into all-electric motoring, allowing you to drive right past those pesky EV chargers on a road trip. Its powertrain consists of a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six and an electric motor mounted in the eight-speed automatic transmission. Total system output is a stout 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – the electric motor provides 194 hp on its own. For comparison’s sake, this makes the 750e more powerful than the standard 740i, but not quite as potent as either the V8-powered 760i xDrive or the dual-motor i7 xDrive60. Nevertheless, this PHEV will do the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.6 seconds.


So, the pure performance numbers are great. Electric performance is pretty great on paper, too. The 750e xDrive is EPA-rated for 34 miles of all-electric range with its 14.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack fully charged. That’s respectable, but compare it to the new S-Class PHEV that’s rated for a stunning 56 miles of electric range, and it’s a little less exciting. Still, 34 miles is plenty for the average American’s commute, and you could argue that carrying around less battery weight is an advantage when it comes to efficiency (the Mercedes’ battery is nearly twice as large as the 7 Series’). You’ll see a maximum charge speed of 7.4 kW with the 750e, though BMW does not provide a 0-100% charge time estimation.

The drive starts in Electric mode, which resists turning on the gasoline engine unless you push past the throttle detent. The 7 Series PHEV springs forward with far more verve than expected for 194 ponies. For that, we can thank BMW’s new “pre-gearing stage” used for the first time in this plug-in hybrid.

Here’s how BMW describes it: “This innovation enables the electric drive system integrated into the transmission housing in a compact, weight-saving design to generate drive torque available either on its own or in addition to the power developed by the combustion engine that could normally only be achieved using a far larger and heavier electric motor. The optimized power delivery achieved with the pre-gearing stage between the electric motor’s rotor and the transmission’s input shaft makes a clear difference both when accelerating off the line and putting in a quick burst of speed.”

The results are exactly how BMW describes them. This car positively scoots in electric mode. One of the biggest and most annoying hurdles with PHEVs is how slow or anemic they might feel when being driven in electric mode. This tech makes the 750e feel anything but slow when you floor it from a light or need to make a quick move. Unlike our long-term 330e that was a bit sluggish once you got over city speeds, the 750e keeps on accelerating before finally starting to weaken above 55 mph. You even get some sweet Hans Zimmer electric sounds the likes of which you’d hear in BMW’s EV models. From a practical standpoint, if electric acceleration was a sticking point for you in PHEVs before, this 7 Series might be your answer.