What does, “And it’s not the tamer U.S. version, but a real-deal German release,” actually mean? This is a 1998 BMW, not a 1986 one, before Europe cared about exhaust emissions. By the time this car was made, we were getting vastly faster German cars than Germany was on a volume basis, since most of theirs were low-spec diesels while the ones they could sell against Lexus had to have their biggest gasoline engines not to look pathetic. A German 740i was no quicker than a US 740i. Was the governor set higher on the German market car? My friend’s 2001 740i Sport turned into a pumpkin a dozen years ago. It had almost 100K miles, but many of its problems related to garbage materials that had failed based on age.