Does the world need another BMW X-Series model? This is running through my head as I stare at the beautiful, massive BMWs lined up in front of the Raffles hotel in Warsaw, Poland. There are over a dozen all-new X7s and refreshed 7-Series sedans just waiting for—ahem—lucky drivers.
I just arrived from a 16-hour flight the day before, but no amount of jet lag can dampen my spirit. And these BMW European drives are chill affairs—fly in, sleep, drive, repeat in reverse order.
When you see it in the metal for the first time, the X7 is impressive and imposing. The grille is as big as the initial photos suggest, but I can see how it has to be this size to match the rest of the body. BMW doesn’t try—although I’m not sure that it can—to hide the bulk. Instead, the Germans embrace the girth by giving it a sleek and taut form—think of a 6’4” athlete dressed in Armani. Narrow headlights squint at you, and an ornate bumper underneath them house foglights and sensors.
Yes, this X7—an M50d—is packing serious tech.