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Are we ready for a 600 hp BMW X8?

BMW introduced the X5 in 1999, thus becoming one of the first manufacturers to build a modern luxury SUV. It started out as a rival to the Mercedes ML but it later evolved into much more than that, gradually spawning an entire range of X models.

At the moment the BMW range consists of seven X models but it appears that a range-topping X8 SUV is also being planned by BMW's M division. The X8 M would be in the same market bracket as the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the upcoming Audi RS Q8. It would also become BMW's biggest SUV yet and one of the most expensive and powerful cars in the line-up.

It would almost certainly be powered by the twin-turbocharged 4.4 L V8 engine that we also find in other M models, like the M5 and M8, making over 600 hp. The X8 would use the same underpinnings as the X7 and have a coupe-like design similar to the X6, only bigger.

Unlike the X7 (and this is the big news), it's entirely possible that the BMW X8 will be limited to four seats (the X7 is also available with six or seven seats) to maximize comfort and luxury by using two individual seats rather than a "bench".

The BMW X8 SUV is likely to be the brand’s highest-priced model when it is launched around 2020.

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