The mission of the Tahoe Q7i is to provide the best of the runabout lineup with high performance looks and all the features the company has to offer. The Extreme package optional add-ons increases the watersports capabilities that accompany its sporty handling.
The Q7i Extreme edition has a length overall of 20'6" (6.25 m), a beam of 96” (244 cm), and a draft of 23” (58.4 cm). With an empty weight of 3,031 lbs. (1,375 kg), full fuel and two people onboard we had an estimated test weight of 3,661 lbs. (1,661 kg).With the 260-hp 5.0 MPI MerCruiser engine turning an Alpha drive with a 14.5 x 19 Black Max propeller we reached a top speed of 53.7 mph at 5250 rpm. At that speed we were burning 22 gph giving us a range of 77 miles. Best cruise came in at 2500 rpm and 24 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to only 5.1 gph which the Tahoe Q7i could keep up for 6 hours and 12 minutes or 148 miles.
We had a quick time to plane of only 2.9 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 5.8 seconds, 30 mph in 7.7 seconds, 40 in 10.8 seconds and continued accelerating through 50 mph and 17.1 seconds.
Upon accelerating, the bow comes up 15-degrees and doesn't stay there very long as she's quick to plane. She doesn't require a lot of trim, just bring the needle out to the one quarter mark to get her into her proper running attitude. Any more trim will induce bow oscillation and a couple of clicks back down will have her right back where she needs to be at about a 3-degree bow high attitude.She turns like she's on rails showing no sign of slipping or falling off the turn. Normal turns have her leaning roughly 14-degrees but high-performance turns can crank around to little more than that. She's very responsive to the helm, so feel free to keep a light hand on the helm. When taking power off she settles back into the water stern first.
Because the Q7i is clearly made for watersports, and the Extreme package only exemplifies that even more, let's start with its most distinguishing feature… the optional wakeboard tower.As part of the Extreme package the added optional wakeboard tower comes in black, and has a custom fitted Bimini. It really adds to the profile as well as the functionality of the Q7i and it's collapsible so the boat can still fit in a garage. There's an additional tow point at the stern as well as wet storage in the swim platform.
Overall, the layout of the Q7i is typical of the sportboat seating theme. Swivel bucket seats are behind each of the consoles with four across seating at the aft end of the cockpit. A sun pad lies over the engine cover. The bow features V-seating ahead of the walkthrough windshield.
The Tahoe Q7i represents one of the best of Tahoe’s lineup and she’s not only a great handling boat but a great looking boat, especially with the Extreme upgrades. She’s also priced well, starting at $31,995 with a MerCruiser 4.3 MPI 220-hp ECT, complete with a color matched trailer. The Extreme edition costs extra.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tahoe Q7i (2014-) is 53.7 mph (86.4 kph), burning 22.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 83.27 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tahoe Q7i (2014-) is 24.0 mph (38.6 kph), and the boat gets 4.70 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 148 miles (238.18 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|