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Hybrid M version of BMW’s flagship SUV is said to combine 750bhp with sub-100g/km
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19 October 2020

BMW will soon crown its SUV line-up with a range-topping X8 – including a flagship hybrid M version that will be the Munich firm’s most powerful series production model to date.

Expected to be revealed late next year as a 2022 model, the X8 serves as a sportier, more daringly styled version of the seven-seat X7. Although the X8 was once thought to take coupé-like rear-end design cues from the smaller X6, these first spy shots reveal that it retains a squared-edged roofline – albeit one that appears to be lower than the X7’s.

This suggests that the X8 will retain three rows of seats, either in seven-seat form or with six captain-style chairs offering greater luxury. Neither is confirmed, though.

Other design cues that mark this car out from the X7 include what appears to be a sharp nose design and broader shoulder line, plus a reduction in the glasshouse.

Details of the X8’s technical make-up have yet to be revealed, but the expectation is that it will share its platform and much of the wider mechanicals with the X7. That means a range of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with mild-hybrid tech, an eventual plug-in hybrid and a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with 523bhp in an X8 M50i.

But, unlike the X7, the M50i won’t be the pinnacle of the range because the X8 has also been conceived with a full-fat M version at the forefront of its development. Although Autocar understands it won’t be launched until about a year after the standard X8, the X8 M will feature a plug-in hybrid system, mating the 4.4-litre V8 to an electric motor and battery pack. Insiders suggest anything up to 750bhp would be possible as a result, making this easily the most powerful BMW yet.

Internally dubbed Project Rockstar, the X8 M hybrid will mate an electric motor of around 200bhp to the petrol engine and offer four-wheel drive. However, it is likely to adopt the switchable system of the M5 and M8 models, allowing on-demand rear-wheel drive when required.

The plug-in hybrid element will also allow BMW to dramatically reduce the car’s fleet average emissions. Expect a CO2 rating of well under 100g/km as a result. What’s not yet clear is if BMW is also planning a conventionally fuelled X8 M to sit alongside it, with reduced power and weight.

Given the X7 M50i is over £90,000, these range-topping models should push the X8 well into six figures. However, the most affordable X8 is expected to start from around £80,000.

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19 October 2020

I don't think this X8 is going to be a winner, a flagship SUV at the top of the Luxury sector,  and they appear to have photocopied the X7 and made it bigger.  It lacks style, more in common with a brick than any other luxury SUV.

I think BMW would admit the 8 series hasn't worked the way they had hoped - too big n heavy to be a true sports car, for all its size and presence no rear seat space in any of the versions - I think BMW are heading down another dead end with the X8 - it doesn't need to have 3 rows or seats but it has to be a smart stylish piece of design to attract buyers from G Wagons, Range Rovers etc

back to the drawing board BM before it's too late

19 October 2020

No doubt it is a technical tour de force and Personally i think this is hideous. however This will undoubtedly sell to Russians and Chinese who have a different sense of taste and aesthetic to western eyes and standards. And probably quite a few to overpaid 'sports' 'stars' with an equal lack of taste. 

19 October 2020
adrian888 wrote:

This will undoubtedly sell to Russians and Chinese who have a different sense of taste and aesthetic to western eyes and standards. And probably quite a few to overpaid 'sports' 'stars' with an equal lack of taste. 

Not necessarily to Russians and Chinese but this oversized brick, like the Mercedes GLS, will appeal to gangsters and slum landlords - its purpose is to intimidate, so taste or beauty doesn't come into it. 

19 October 2020

These massive, heavy monsters are not eco friendly and there's no way in the world these lumps should be able to quote sub 100g/km emissions values and the commercial benefits it brings.

I've said before but 'd like to see PHEVs WLTP tested both uncharged / fully charged and these then be combined somehow to penalise gas guzzling derivatives. 

19 October 2020
OMG that's awful and just more evidence that BMW have lost the plot.
The wheels started to come off from the Chris Bangle days and they just get steadily worse.
If I HAD to have a BMW SUV I'd rather restore an original X5 - far better looking and more class than this modern monstrosity!

19 October 2020
MarkII wrote:

just more evidence that BMW have lost the plot.

I seriously wonder whether having been pilloried continually for the ugly gargoyles it has been foisting on us for some time now, BMW has deliberately made this thing as vile as possible just to put two fingers up to those who dare criticise it - "that'll show 'em!"

19 October 2020

I look forward to seeing these driven politely in the future, just like any other BMW on the road /s

It is time to ban all of these nasty SUVs/CUVs/crossover/pretend offroaders

19 October 2020

Would this X8M's powertrain find its way under the bonnet of the 7 Series, resulting in the first ever M7? After all, the X7/X8 is the SUV equivalent of the 7 Series while they all share the same platform. Furthermore, I always found it odd that the M Performance version of the X7 is the 50i (like the X5 M50i) and a more powerful 60i like the M760i. Perhaps this might change if the X8 is launched, especially with a 750bhp M version which will create a huge gap to a X7/X8 M50i.

19 October 2020

750hp? Ridiculous.

The current system has to be tweaked as it's daft if such a monster can get taxed as an eco friendly vehicle, due to how CO2 numbers are calculated

19 October 2020
Mikey C wrote:

750hp? Ridiculous.

The current system has to be tweaked as it's daft if such a monster can get taxed as an eco friendly vehicle, due to how CO2 numbers are calculated

The WLTP  test regime, with regard to PHEVs, is as completely useless and misleading as NEDC was. We all know not one X8 M is ever likely to be plugged-in once the novelty has worn off, if ever. Actual emissions will be only be low in reality, when they are parked and switched off.

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