BMW 730d xDrive: If I Were a Rich Man…
August 29, 2013
The BMW 7 Series, the German automaker’s flagship limo, is now in its fifth generation, having undergone a facelift last year. It’s a tempting option for anyone with loads of cash, especially if they don’t want to wait until the sixth-generation model appears three years from now.
In addition to its revamped front bumper and new-shape headlights and taillights, the fifth-generation BMW 7 Series is fitted with one of the best diesel engines out there—an in-line, six-cylinder 258 hp twin-turbo unit. The vehicle’s xDrive four-wheel drive guarantees a sporty feel. This vehicle is reliable and predictable on the road, regardless of where you drive and how many bends you have to negotiate.
That’s actually a nice surprise because the BMW 7 Series is over 5 meters (5.08 m) in length and weighs in at almost 2,000 kg. The 3-liter engine with a maximum torque of 560 Nm at just 1,500 rpm enables the car to accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in just 6 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph. The engine is not only responsive, but also economical. In the test drive, average fuel consumption was under 8 liters/100km in normal road conditions. The engine is quiet and no one would even think it’s a diesel were it not for the sign on the trunk.
The BMW 7 Series is fun to drive not only because of its great engine, but also thanks to its direct steering system combined with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and a springy yet comfortable suspension system. All these can be automatically adjusted depending on the driver’s preferences, with “Comfort,” “Normal,” “Sport” and “Sport+” modes available.
The vehicle comes with a complete package of comfort and safety features and a long list of extras that can easily make the zl.360,000 entry-level price tag soar to zl.500,000. If I were rich, I would probably buy this car... and trade it in for the brand-new BMW 7 Series that will be unveiled in three years.