Many of you may think the 2013 BMW M3 Coupe is the last BMW vehicle that is using a naturally aspirated engine (the S65 V8), and now all BMW cars are turbocharged. In fact this is only true within the US market. BMW is still selling at least one model which still uses an aspirated gasoline engine: the 730i/730Li.
Currently, BMW is still selling the 730i/730Li in some Asia and European countries, for example in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Russia etc.
The 730i/Li is using the 3.0L N52B30 6-cylinder engine, producing 255hp @ 6,600 rpm, with 229 lb-ft of torque between 2,600-4,000 rpm. The ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission is the only choice.
Although it looks like hauling such a big sedan is a sizable workload for the 6-cylinder engine with just a naturally aspirated 3.0L displacement, BMW claims the 730i can accelerate to 100 km/h from a standstill within 7.4 seconds, and the 730Li can do the same speed 0.1 second slower. This is a quite respectful performance.
BMW will cease the 730i/Li sales when the all-new 2016 7 series goes on sale at the end of this year. At that time, BMW’s product line will be fully turbocharged. So the 730i/Li will be the last chance you can experience the beauty of the BMW naturally aspirated powerplant.
Please enjoy the below 730Li gallery.