BMW’s new 7-Series is already out in Europe and besides the almost one year head start, the Europeans also get an engine option we can’t get here in the states, a diesel. The new 730d utilizes the newest and latest in turbo-diesel technology. BMW’s new 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six provides 245-hp and a healthy 398ft-lbs of torque. That’s enough power to haul the full-size 4,600-pound sedan around with authority.
BMW says this is the same engine that powers the U.S.-available 335d, but re-tuned for more torque and geared lower to help compensate for all the larger 7-Series’ extra weight. While the possibility of a massive, full-scale diesel assualt on the U.S. market is still a possibility with BMW, they are keen to point out that it will be most affective in curbing the consumption of its larger models like the X5, X6 and, of course, the 7-Series.
Former head of BMW powertrain development and 3-Seires chief Klaus Borgmann said, "Diesel success will come via the big cars…Because the 7-series is already fitted with the 3.0-liter diesel in Europe, if diesel is a success in the U.S., it will be very easy to bring additional models."
It makes sense if you think about it. With BMW in the midst of releasing one of the most controversial models in a long time, maybe a diesel option can make those who’ve been unconvinced, convinced again. The possibility of owning a 7-Series and getting 3-Series type mileage is quite appealing.
A diesel option could keep BMW buyers interested in bigger luxury cars.
Source: Auto Week
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