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."
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.