The G11/G12 7 Series has gained a new entry-level petrol engine in Turkey. The new BMW 730i/730Li is powered by a 2.0 litre direct injection turbocharged engine putting out 258 horsepower between 5,000-6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,550-4,400 rpm.

Mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the entry-level B48 four cylinder engine takes BMW’s flagship sedan up to the 100 km/h mark in 6.3 seconds, just 0.8 seconds slower than the 740i’s 5.5 second time. It’s top speed is rated at 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.8 litres per 100 km, while outputting 134 g/km of CO2.

The engine’s 258 hp, 400 Nm tune is the same as the combustion engine portion of the 740e/740Le plug-in hybrid variant of the 7 Series, but without the electric motor it gets a lower 30i engine number.

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We first heard of this entry-level variant when the model name surfaced in a register in China. The availability of this model in Turkey shows that it isn’t a China-only model.

We’re expecting the 730Li to be one of the models to debut in Malaysia when the 7 Series hits our showrooms. With all the sightings of it running around the Klang Valley in the past week or so, the launch should be very soon.