The range-topping X8 M will be BMW's powerful production model yet.
At 203.3 inches long, 71.1 inches high, and 78.7 inches wide, the BMW X7 is an absolute behemoth. This is BMW's largest SUV in its current model lineup - but not for much longer. As far back as 2017 when the X7 concept debuted in Frankfurt, there have been rumors that BMW is plotting a flagship X8 SUV with levels of luxury rivaling the Bentley Bentayga. And while BMW never built a high-performance X7 M, the X8 will get the full-fat M treatment. Trademark filings suggest this variant could simply be called the XM.
Over the last few years, BMW has been caught testing various prototypes of the new performance luxury SUV, and now new footage of the X8 being pushed hard at the Nurburgring has emerged.
Its sheer size makes it look out of place at the Nurburgring as it lumbers around the German race track. There is a lot of body roll and tire squeal as it careens around the corners, so the supersized SUV is clearly out of its comfort zone. Somehow, we don't think many owners will want to take it to the track.
Initially, the X8 was expected to be a stylish coupe SUV version of the X7, but the prototype appears to have a bespoke design with split headlights, a gently sloping roofline, a new sculpted hood, and wider taillights.
Inside, expect the X8 to be even more luxurious and high-tech than the X7, with more rear legroom to help passengers relax. It's not clear if the X8 will be offered with seven seats, however.
As for engine options, the X8 will be offered with a range of mild-hybrid six-cylinder and gasoline diesel engines. The X8 M50i will reportedly use a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at 523 hp, while the range-topping X8 M will generate 750 horsepower from an electrified 4.4-liter V8. If the rumors are true, the X8 M will be the most powerful production BMW yet and debut next year, while the standard X8 is expected to arrive later this year.