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2011 BMW 740i brings the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine to North America

North American fans of the BMW 7 Series will be happy to hear that the Bavarian company has just announced that it will be offering a new engine in its luxury limousine lineup: the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 unit, which will join the 4.4-liter V8 and the 6.0-liter V12 engines which were already available for the North American market.

Set to follow in the steps of BMW’s new EfficientDynamics philosophy of replacing bigger, naturally-aspirated units with smaller, turbocharged engines, it will be featured on the 2011 740i and the 740Li, and will produce 315 HP with 330 lb-ft of torque. These models will also boast technologies like the brake energy regeneration one, which is a first for non-hybrid BMWs in the US, and will see the engine paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Expect the two new models to be showcased at the Detroit Auto Show, which will begin in January, 2010.

Source: BMW