The 730d is expected to be BMW’s best ever 7 Series seller and media reports back up the expectation. Car magazine said: "The 730d is, in its class, the best on the block. Quiet, powerful and still capable of indecent speed and long-range cruising." Autocar magazine said: "Motorway transport is rarely so accomplished."
The BMW 730i, available in standard and long wheelbase variants, benefits from the same 231 bhp as the 3 and 5 Series models and the state-of-the-art six-speed automatic gearbox available on all 7 Series models. This offers a greater spread of gear ratios, giving drivers more flexibility, improving acceleration and fuel consumption while reducing noise. The transmission uses shift-by-wire technology to ensure the smoothest automatic changes while steering wheel mounted Steptronic buttons mean that even drivers who prefer more involvement in gear changes can do so without taking their hands off the wheel.
Historically, six-cylinder petrol engines have sold well in the luxury segment, with 66 per cent of all new 7 Series sold worldwide in 2001 supplied with the smaller engine. Interestingly, 2002 saw a record number of V8 engined cars sold compared to previous V8 models and BMW, through the 7 series range, can also boast to be the world’s biggest manufacturer of 12 cylinder engines.
The completed 7 Series range now comprises:
|730i||2,979cc 6-cyl||March 2003||£46,850|
|730i SE||2,979cc 6-cyl||March 2003||£48,850|
|730Li||2,979cc 6-cyl||March 2003||£49,450|
|730Li SE||2,979cc 6-cyl||March 2003||£51,450|
|730d||2,993cc 6-cyl||March 2003||£44,555|
|730d SE||2,993cc 6-cyl||March 2003||£46,555|
|735i||3,600cc V8||March 2002||£52,750|
|735Li||3,600cc V8||April 2002||£55,800|
|745i||4,398cc V8||March 2002||£56,950|
|745Li||4,398cc V8||April 2002||£60,000|
|760i||5,972cc V12||January 2003||£76,350|
|760Li||5,972cc V12||January 2003||£78,450|