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BMW X8 M 2022: 750bhp SUV to be launched on November 29

The hybrid M version of BMW’s flagship SUV is said to combine a powerful V8 engine with low emissions of less than 100 grammes per kilometre.

BMW’s SUV lineup will soon be crowned by the X8, which will include a flagship hybrid M version that will be the Munich firm’s most powerful series production model to date.

BMW X8 M 2022:

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BMW has confirmed that “an all-new high-powered, hybrid-electric, concept vehicle” will be shown to the media on November 16 at the LA motor show, ahead of a public unveiling on November 29. Franciscus van Meel, the head of the M division, and Marcus Syring, the head of M design, will both be present at the unveiling, implying that the new model will be heavily focused on performance.

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The X8, which will go on sale in 2022, is a sportier, more daringly styled version of the seven-seat X7. Although the X8 was previously thought to borrow the smaller X6’s coupé-like rear-end design, the first spy shots reveal that it retains a squared-edged roofline – albeit one that is lower than the X7’s.

This indicates that the X8 will keep three rows of seats, either in a seven-seat configuration or with six captain-style chairs for added luxury. Both are, however, unconfirmed.

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BMW X8 M
BMW X8 M

A sharp nose and broader shoulder line, as well as a reduction in the glasshouse, are other design cues that set this car apart from the X7.

The X8’s technical specifications have yet to be revealed, but it is expected to share its platform and much of the rest of the mechanicals with the X7. That means a range of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with mild hybrid technology, a future plug-in hybrid, and an X8 M50i with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with 523bhp.

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However, unlike the X7, the M50i will not be the top of the line because the X8 has also been designed with a full-fat M version at its core. The 4.4-liter V8 engine will be mated to an electric motor and battery pack in the X8 M’s plug-in hybrid system. As a result, insiders believe that anything up to 750bhp could be possible, making this the most powerful BMW yet.

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BMW X8 M 2022
BMW X8 M 2022

The X8 M hybrid, internally dubbed Project Rockstar, will combine a 200bhp electric motor with a petrol engine and offer four-wheel drive. It is, however, likely to adopt the M5 and M8 models’ switchable system, which allows for on-demand rear-wheel drive when needed.

BMW will also be able to significantly reduce the fleet average emissions thanks to the plug-in hybrid component. As a result, CO2 emissions should be well below 100 grammes per kilometre. It’s unclear whether BMW plans to build a conventionally fuelled X8 M to go alongside it, with less power and weight.

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Given that the X7 M50i costs over £90,000, these top-of-the-line models should easily push the X8 into the six-figure range. The most affordable X8, on the other hand, is expected to start at around £80,000.

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