4 Series grille, X2 C-pillar, 8 Series headlights, this is a lot to take in

It seems like these days there’s a rounded-rear version for every premium SUV out there. The X3 has the X4, the X5 has the X6, the GLE has the GLE Coupe, the Cayenne has the Cayenne Coupe and so on. You get the point.

Coming back to BMW’s Xs, its largest SUV to date - the X7 - is in need of a hunchback brother and that might come in the shape of the X8.But one designer went ahead and concocted what he calls the X8 M.

If Dr. Frankenstein’s sapient creature was a car, it would look like this

How Does This Rendering of the BMW X8 M Sit on Your Conscience?
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We’ve seen pretty bad renders over time and while this particular one might seem alright at first sight, take a closer look and you’ll see that’s not the case. At all.

Sure, for such a supposedly large SUV, the bucktooth grille sported by the Concept 4 (soon to be flaunted by the new 4 Series, too) might look like a natural choice, except it doesn't.

Yes, the BMW X7 has a huge grille but it’s not shaped like a beaver’s incisors. On top of that, you’ve got the 8 Series headlights - what’s up with those? - and the C-pillar taken from the lesser X2, together with the BMW logo - which is a neat touch in itself but simply not at home on a would-be BMW X8 M.

How do we know the X8 is coming?

2021 BMW X8
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On March 24, 2020 BMW applied for the X8 name with the German trademark and patent office. According to Car and Driver, the X8 could actually be well into its R&D process and on top of that, an M-badged, hotter X8 is also bound to see daylight, most likely in M50i form.

Performance-wise, the X8 M50i would use the same parameters as the X7 M50i, including the 4.0-liter V-8 good for 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Don’t expect a Competition model, though.

And, of course, before all, we must ask ourselves this: does the market really need more bulky, larger and larger SUVs and crossovers?

2020 BMW X7 - gasoline lineup
BMW X7 xDr40i BMW X7 xDr50i BMW X7 M50i
Engine 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8
Horsepower 335 HP @ 5,500 – 6,500 RPM 456 HP @ 5,250 – 6,000 RPM 523 HP
Torque 330 LB-FT @ 1,500 – 5,200 479 LB-FT @ 1,500 – 4,750 RPM 553 LB-FT
0-60 mph seconds 5.8 5.2 4.4
Top speed mph 130 130 155

Source: Tobias Buttner via Facebook

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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