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BMW Says More Powerful X7 Is Coming

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A V8-powered X7 is in the cards.

The new BMW X7 is already available with two trim levels, the xDrive40i with its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six and the xDrive50i, which packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. We had a chance to drive both models at the X7 launch event and we'll update you about that with a review in a couple of days.

The xDrive50i is already extremely quick, with a 0-60 mph time of just 5.2 seconds. However, there are still a few crazy people out there who'd like to see even more performance from a future M model. BMW has already ruled out the idea of an X7 M but that doesn't mean the X7 won't get more power.

We had a chance to sit down with a BMW spokesperson to discuss the potential future of the X7 lineup. The X7, like the 5 Series, uses BMW's N63 V8 engine. This engine produces a healthy 456 hp in the X7 but in the 8 Series, it produces a whopping 523 hp. It is already rumored that this same level of power will soon find its way into the M550i, so we asked if the same M Performance treatment could be given to the X7. The spokesperson told us that an M50i X7 "doesn't make much sense but there will probably be additional models - definitely a more powerful V8 coming."

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This made us wonder, what will these additional X7 models be? Our first guess would be the rumored Alpina XB7 model, which could pump up the twin-turbo V8 to around 600 hp. The other could be a plug-in hybrid of some kind, using electric motors in addition to the powerful V8. It seems clear that the X7 will play a major roll in BMW's lineup and the two launch models won't be the only X7 models we see in the future.

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