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Now the wealthy can play the enviro card

By Glenn Butler, 18 Jan 2013 Reviews

Review: BMW Active Hybrid 7 2013, wheels, magazine, review, price

Is the $222,000 BMW Active Hybrid 7 more about polishing owners’ neighbourhood environmental credentials or BMW’s?

Wheels Review: BMW Active Hybrid 7

YOU have to wonder whether corporate fatcats and conspicuous consumers care about saving the planet, let alone saving a Big Mac a week on their fuel bill. So the question then becomes: is the $222,000 BMW Active Hybrid 7 more about polishing owners’ neighbourhood environmental credentials or BMW’s?

After a 300km mountain-hop from Munich to Austria and back, I can report the Active Hybrid 7 is a deft application of a compelling ICE enhancement. I can also confirm this hybrid achieves 250km/h on the autobahns, can climb the Austrian Alps quicker than Maria and is able to glide silently through alpine towns at up to 50km/h.