After undergoing significant cosmetic surgery back in January, the BMW 7-Series is now more imposing than ever thanks to its massive kidney grille, which is bigger by 40 percent over the previous model, complimenting the 50 mm (1.9 inch) taller front end.
Yet, what makes this particular 7er interesting is the fact that it’s a 730Li spec model and therefore its grille is hiding a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline power unit, which as you might imagine, won’t win you many straight line contests. It’s the same unit found in America’s BMW 330i and 530i models.
What can I get out of a 730Li?
The four banger produces 258 PS (255 HP) between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, to go with 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. With the aid of a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, this engine sends all of its power to the rear wheels exclusively, allowing you to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds (6.2 if you opt for the regular wheelbase model).
On display at BMW’s Abu Dhabi showroom, this 730Li appears to be wearing a glossy shade of red, which to us looks a lot like Aventurine Red II metallic, although we could be wrong – it’s hard to gauge due to the artificial lighting conditions.
As for the interior, it mostly features dual-tone beige and black leather, plus plenty of Fine Wood Poplar Grain Trim with a grey metallic high gloss finish on the middle dashboard, center console and door panels, as well as on the back of the front seats.
While this is by no means the most spectacular BMW 7-Series configuration we’ve ever seen, it’s definitely a very interesting one, mostly due to the engine. Also, if you fancy your BMW limos wearing a brighter shade of red, check out this Imola Red M760Li, with a dual-tone red and black cabin.