The world’s largest luxury automaker has recently introduced in China and Turkey a base 7 Series model – the 730i which uses the Mini’s 2-liter turbo engine.
The entry-level model had been doing the rounds across the rumor mill late last year and now it turns out the gossip was right – BMW has quietly made available the 730i version to the 7 Series model range in both China and Turkey. There is no official announcement about the model but we’re pretty sure the new engine option will make its way to other markets in the months to come. This particular 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is not new and has been used already across a number of models: Mini’s John Cooper Works, the BMW 225 or the refreshed BMW 330i. This one is derived from the B48 engine family and packs 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque inside the new 730i variant.
The well known ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard, with a RWD architecture. This is enough for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) run in 6.2 seconds (6.3 seconds in the 730Li) and an electronically-governed 155 mph (250 km/h) maximum speed. This makes the new entry-level version just 0.7 seconds slower than the 740i, but also more economical: average fuel consumption is of 40.55 miles per gallon (5.8 liters per 100 kilometers) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 134 grams per kilometer.