Although driving under the radar in a car whose dimensions resemble those of a moderate-sized tank may seem oxymoronic to some, BMW is offering what it calls a Dark Shadow edition of its enormous X7 Sport Activity Vehicle (note the substitution of the word “utility” for something more aspirational) in a limited run of some 500 units worldwide.
And decked out in its special Frozen Arctic Grey metallic paint finish, along with a number of additional features, this big Beemer certainly adds a broodingly mean and moody attitude to its already magnificent dimensions.
The car’s stealth-style demeanour is enhanced by black-chrome High Gloss Shadow Line brightwork, which is used for extensively for the grille, vent and side-window surrounds, B and C columns, exterior mirror bases and roof rails. That’s complemented by 22-inch M wheels in jet-black matte finish and an array of M Sport body modifications, while the M Sport exhaust system – also black chromed at the tailpipe – adds an appropriately dynamic aural edge to the car’s distinctive presence. Moreover, the Dark Shadow package can be ordered with any powertrain package available for the X7.
That crepuscular theme is continued on the interior, which can be optioned with either six or seven seats. Driver and front passenger enjoy the luxury of electrically operated comfort seats with memory function, while an M steering wheel and other unique details testify to the car’s exclusivity. Upholstery is in full Merino leather in two-tone night blue and black, with matching Alcantara roof lining; leather also features on the upper instrument panel, armrest and doors, with Piano Black trim finishes inscribed with a special logo.
Thus equipped, your X7 really is likely to be the stealthiest BMW in town – with the proviso, of course, that decked out like this you’ll be noticed by just about everybody.