BMW congenital a auto that’s as American as South Carolina barbeque. If they bogus that with schnitzel.
It’s not for sale, but a one-off abstraction bogus by a accumulation of abstruse trainees at the aggregation for use at a motorcycle show.
The agent is based on the Spartanburg-built X7 SUV and appearance a 4.5-foot bed with copse attic that can board a bike back the tailgate is down.
It’s a lot like a comfortable adaptation of the Honda Ridgeline, but BMW has no affairs to put it into production.
That’s too bad, because the X7 would accomplish a appropriate affairs pickup. Especially the high-performance M50i with its 523 hp/553 lb-ft turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, which starts with a case that may be a bit too loud afore clearing into a nice rumble.
You ability not appetite to get it dirty, but the $100,795 SUV has a burden appraisement of 1,650 pounds and can tow 5,950 pounds, which puts it on par with some midsize trucks. Both abstracts would absolutely be alike college if you jettisoned its third row of seats.
They’re snug, but can board adults for abbreviate trips and are abundant for kids, while the advanced two rows are ample as a baron cab pickup, or BMW 7-Series sedan. You can bend the powered third-row seatbacks bottomward with the columnist of a button central the tailgate to accessible up 48.6 cubic anxiety of burden space, or columnist addition that adjusts the additional row to aerate legroom all around.
The X7, which is additionally accessible in a $75,895 xDrive40i archetypal with the added than able 335 hp 3.0-liter inline-six featured in the pickup, is congenital on a belvedere aggregate with the flagship 7-Series (and appealing abundant every BMW these days,) and with its accepted air abeyance arrangement rivals the auto for comfort.
I’ve never apprenticed a agent with 22-inch auto and low contour tires that’s anywhere abreast as bland as the X7 on pockmarked roads. Switching the computer-controlled dampers to its M analysis acquainted Sport approach turns it into an able and composed abettor on bland ones, admitting its 5,600-pound weight.
As with abounding accepted BMWs, the absolute altitude control, 360-degree camera arrangement and cyberbanking disciplinarian aids can be complicated and crave too abounding accomplish to accomplish until you become acclimated. However, the aftermost of those can be added with a $1,700 Drivers Assistance Pro Package that provides one of the best adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane-keeping systems accessible today, additional a cartage jam abetment that about takes over the active at alternate speeds. I acclimated the above over hundreds of afar and almost had to steer, admitting the arrangement does crave you to accumulate a duke on the caster to appearance you’re advantageous attention.
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Your boring may be absent by the cabin. Every apparent from top to basal is akin in article or added of aerial quality. You’ll accept added luck award the Holy Grail in it than a bargain allotment of plastic. The X7 is absolutely a case of accepting what you pay for.
If the abstraction of advantageous six abstracts for a auto seems ridiculous, accumulate in apperception that you can absorb that abundant on a Ford F-Series Super Duty these days, while a maxed-out F-150 is over $80,000 and a $75G-$100G Lincoln Navigator is basically one of those in a tux.
BMW apparently won’t anytime about-face the X7 into a auto for real, but if you’re attractive for a abbreviate bed barter with a cap and a lot of class, it’ll do.