Less than a year ago, during the North American presentation of its new X7, BMW just about pinky-swore there wouldn’t be an M Performance version of the SUV. So what are we sticking under the microscope today? Yup, the X7 M50i!
Here are 10 things absolutely positively worth knowing about the 2020 BMW X7 M50i.
#1 - It costs a lot… and the options do too
The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of the X7 M50i is $114,050, but the tester I drove carried a sticker price of $134,700. Which meant it was lugging around over $20,000 worth of options, including individual add-ons and three packages. The solo bits were a Bowers & Wilkins (instead of Harman Kardon) audio system worth $4,900, and an optional colour called Ametrine (a variety of quartz often violet in hue), which has been metalized; it runs $1,000.
For $2,000, the Advanced Driving Assistant Package throws in the usual drive assist systems, no surprise there. Fork over another $4,750 for the Dynamic Handling Package and you get a couple of interesting gadgets: Integral Active Steering, which means directional rear wheels and is handy for parking purposes, and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview, borrowed from Rolls Royce. It acts on the 8-speed Steptronic transmission and the suspension by predicting the condition of the road and of traffic using radar and the vehicle’s navigation system.