China and Turkey to receive 730i variant of new 7 series
BMW has expanded the 7 Series lineup by discreetly adding the 730i to their lineup in China and Turkey. That said, sources believe that this vehicle may eventually find its way to other markets as well.
Like all 7 Series models, the 730i will also be available with a long wheelbase variant. It will be called the 730Li.
A brief look at the 730i’s 2-liter powerplant shows that it is the same motor powering the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works, the BMW 225i, and the facelifted 330i. Belonging to the B48 family of engines, the motor is expected to push 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
Mated to the 7 series’ two ton body, the 2.0L engine of the 730i yields a 0-100 km/h time of about 6.2 seconds (6.3 on the 730li long wheelbase variant). Compared to the former base model 740i, the new entry level model achieves 0-100 km/h 0.7 seconds slower. Top speed is limited to 250kph.
BMW says the 730i achieves a fuel consumption figure of 17.2 km/l when driven in mixed driving conditions. CO2 Emissions stand at 134 kilograms per kilometer.
Other engines found in the G11/G12 7 Series include a 3.0 liter inline six with TwinPower Turbo producing 326 PS and 450 Nm of torque for the 740i and 740Li models. Those who want more power can get the 750i or 750Li which is powered by a 4.4 liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that develops 450 PS and 650 Nm of torque.
At the moment, there is only one diesel variant available. The 730d and 730Ld come equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 265 PS and 620 Nm of torque.