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Could This Be A Sign Of A V12-Powered BMW X7?

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We certainly hope so.

BMW is one of the few mainstream luxury automakers to still offer a V12 engine. In the M760i, the 6.6-liter twin-turbo mill delivers a healthy 601 horsepower. Sadly, the company has admitted the V12 doesn't have a long future and may be phased out in the coming years. No one was expecting BMW to cram a V12 into its flagship SUV, the X7, but an interesting easter egg discovered by a Bimmerpost forum member suggests the company could be working on a V12-powered model.

Forum user Jokinawa noticed an interesting logo in the coding data of the X7, which reveals an 'X7 M60i' logo in the digital gauge cluster. BMW recently announced a V8-powered M50i version of the X7 but there has been no official word on an M60i model.

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It seems unlikely BMW would design an M60i logo for the X7 unless it was at least considering building such a model. Jokinawa also attempted to switch the gauge cluster to the Alpina display but was unsuccessful. Alpina has been spotted testing its own version of the X7 which is expected to produce over 600 hp using a tuned version of the BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, not a V12.

BMW has gone on record saying more powerful X7 variants are in the works and we've already seen the M50i trim as an example, so there could still be an even more potent V12 on the way. There is also a small chance this M60i logo was created as a precaution, with no plans to produce a production model.

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The X7 will face some stiff competition from the upcoming Maybach version of the Mercedes GLS, which could pack a V12 engine and a $200,000 price tag. BMW continues to sell its V12-powered M760i even with the Alpina B7 on the market, so perhaps an X7 M60i could coexist with the upcoming Alpina model.

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