A trademark filing confirms the forthcoming model's arrival.
The coupe-SUV segment that is burgeoning today owes much of its existence to the original BMW X6 which, when launched over a decade ago, combined the distinctive sloping roofline of a coupe with the high-riding stance of the X5 SUV. So, it makes sense that one of the pioneers of the body style shows no sign of slowing down. A user by the name of BavarianBob shared a BMW trademark filing for an X8 M on X7Forum just yesterday.
The X8, of course, will be to the X7 what the X6 is to the X5. The X7 is BMW's current largest SUV, combining 7 Series levels of opulence with three-row seating and enhanced practicality. The X8 should be similar in size to the X7, while offering more style at the expense of some interior space.
Perhaps it's no great surprise that the X8 M will be a thing, because as far back as 2017 (before the production X7 even arrived), there was talk of an X8.
According to BavarianBob, the X8 could launch late in 2021 as a 2022 model. What is especially significant about the trademark filing seen here is that it's for an X8 M, bearing in mind that there isn't even an X7 M yet. It's safe to assume that the X8 M will make use of the brand's 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, an engine that pumps out 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque in Competition spec.
However, the X6 M already uses this engine, so if the expectedly bigger and heavier X8 M gets the same powerplant, it may not end up being BMW's quickest SUV. It'll certainly be the most exclusive and expensive, though, as the range-topping X7 M50i already carries a hefty price tag of $99,600.
In terms of styling, nothing official has been released, but expect to see yet another interpretation of BMW's increasingly bloated kidney grille. The good news is that while the grille offends on some other models, it probably works best on the X7. Beyond one or two renderings, for now we can only guess at what the X8 (and X8 M) would look like, but don't expect anything less than a properly brash SUV.
Currently, arch rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz don't offer a direct alternative to a future X8. Both the Audi Q8 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe compete with the X6, so the X8 will likely push the size/price boundaries of the coupe-SUV segment.
Does the world need an X8 M? Of course not - but neither did anyone ask for the X6 all those years ago, and BMW is the one smiling all the way to the bank.