But we could still get an X8 M as a standalone model

If you’re waiting for an M version of the big BMW X7, don’t hold your breath for too long. Although the Interweb is packed with rumors that BMW will reveal an X7 M model soon, a more recent report claims that such a performance SUV is not in the works. And that’s most likely because Alpina just unveiled a beefed-up X7 that’s almost as powerful as the M Competition models.

The BMW X7 M might not happen at all

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That’s the word from BMW Blog, which quotes anonymous "sources at BMW." According to them, "there is no X7 M currently in the works or planned at the moment." So what happened? Until recently there were a ton of reports talking about the upcoming BMW X7 M. Well, it’s possible that this SUV wasn’t in the making and the performance hauler everyone was talking about was the recently unveiled Alpina XB7, based on the X7.

While Alpina offers versions of just about any BMW car out there, its lineup doesn't include many SUVs.

As of 2020, only the XD3 and XD4 are available, based on the X3 and X4 respectively. And both are powered by high-performance diesel engines, so they do not overlap with the X3 M and X4 M models. This means that the existence of the XB7, powered by an upgraded gasoline V-8, could rule out an X7 M variant. Especially since the two would have similar outputs.

The Alpina BX7 is just as powerful as an M model

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Powered by a beefed-up version of BMW's familiar 4.4-liter V-8 engine, the BX7 comes with 612 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque on tap.

That’s an extra 89 horsepower and 37 pound-feet over the BMW X7 M50i. While not a full-fledged M engine, this mill puts the BX7 above the X6 M and X5 M, both with twin-turbo V-8s rated at 591 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of twist.

What’s more, the XB7 is almost as powerful as the Competition versions of these SUVs, rated at 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of twist. Specifically, the XB7 is behind by only five horsepower, while winning the torque battle by 37 pound-feet.

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Should BMW provide an X7 M, it probably won’t be notably more powerful than the BX7. Sure, it would come with loads of M-branded goodies and performance parts, but is it worth the hassle? Only time will tell, but there’s a big chance that the BX7 remains the only option for a high-performance X7.

The BMW X8 M could be a stand-alone model

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While the fate of the X7 M is unknown, BMW has trademarked the "X8 M" nameplate and patent filing for this model were recently leaked. But it seems strange to have an M version of the X8, which is supposed to be based on the X7, right? Well, BMW Blog claims that the X8 won’t be what we expect it to be.

While the name suggests it will be a coupe variant of the X7, the X8 will be "a completely independent, built-from-the-ground-up M Division product." There’s no specific info as to what this actually means, but the X8 M might become the company’s flagship for M-branded SUVs. Instead of a regular model and an M version, the X8 could be an M-exclusive hauler slotted directly above the X6 M.

Source: BMW Blog

Ciprian Florea
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