BMW 7-Series driven in Russia
The land of carjacking and caviar. Where better to drive the new 7? Er...
Posted: 23 Oct 2012
More than 45,000 people still live here, but Kronstadt has a compelling air of faded imperial ambition. Fast-corroding Volga saloons sink into the ground on deflated tyres. There are smashed windows, crumbling masonry, and while we're filling up the 750i - it gets an Eco-Pro mode now, so BMW claims this 447bhp V8 can average 33mpg - we're eyed by feral dogs and a cock-eyed local whose Lada is emblazoned with a huge tiger. A two-day Western blow-in armed with someone else's luxo car is one thing, but this symbol of New Russia still feels uncomfortable in a place that hasn't quite thrown off the vestiges of communism.