Tuesday, January 27, 2009

All-Important BMW 730Ld Goes on Sale in the UK

All-Important BMW 730Ld Goes on Sale in the UK

We're guessing that you're wondering what's so special about the long-wheelbase diesel version of BMW's new 7-Series. Well, consider this; according to the Bavarian automaker, the 730d and the 730Ld are predicted to account for a whopping 85 percent of all 7-Series sales in the UK during a full year. The 730Ld is priced in the UK from £56,790 (OTR), or £3,060 more than the standard wheelbase 730d.

Aside from offering an additional 14cm (5.5-in) of legroom for rear seat passengers, the 'L' variant also gets a self-leveling rear suspension, chrome rain channels in the roof, illuminated interior rear vanity mirrors and an electrically-powered sunblind for the rear window.

Optionally, the long-wheelbase specification can be enhanced with multi-adjustable Comfort Seats for both front and rear seat passengers, complemented by individually heated and air-conditioned seats that can also be fitted, in the rear, with a massaging capability.

Like the 730d, the new BMW 730Ld is powered by an all-aluminum 3.0-liter straight-six cylinder diesel engine that produces 245HP at 4,000rpm and a peak torque figure of 540Nm from 1,750rpm through to 3,000rpm. This results in a 0 to 62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a 153mph top speed while achieving a combined consumption figure of 38.7mpg UK (7.3 lt / 100km or 32.2mpg US).

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