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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
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While my last blog about was all about simplicity in the 2011 Toyota Avalon, things take a leap in the opposite direction this week as I drive a vehicle equipped with enough technology to make you forget you were driving in the first place.

This week my driveway is filled, literally, due to its 5,214 mm (17.1 foot) length, with the new 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7, a BMW 7 Series luxury sedan equipped with electric assist hybrid technology.

2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
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The price dwarfs that of the Avalon’s $41,100 base price with a starting tag of $132,300. Add a few more options and the price can increase at least another $10,000. My tester is equipped only with the technology package, a $3,300 extra which includes lane departure warning, active blind spot detection and night vision with pedestrian detection.

As you may expect, though, the “base” model isn’t very “basic,” including such things as: bi-Xenon headlamps, navigation, park assist front and rear including cameras (rear, side and front), 16-way adjustable front seats with three position memory and dynamic cruise control with active braking for which I cannot seem to find the button just yet.

A 4.4-litre V8 with TwinPower Turbo Technology producing 440hp and 480lb/ft of torque moves the car nicely, despite its size. Add in the hybrid drive system and the total power numbers read as 455hp and 516lb/ft of torque, through an 8-speed transmission to the rear wheels.

Before I drive it too much and cause an accident trying to find out what all the buttons do, perhaps I should sit in my driveway reading the manual, which is built into the iDrive system… naaah, driving is too fun!

2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $135,600

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