While BMW doesn’t believe in V12 engines in the long run, that fact that its current 6.0L unit will stick around at least until 2023, has fueled rumors about an X7 M60i to sit at the top of its SUV range.
We first discussed the possibility of the current-generation X7 receiving the monstrous twin-turbocharged V12 of the M760Li back in early 2018, well before the new X7 was even unveiled.
It seems though there’s something here as a member over at the Bimmer Post forum recently discovered mention of an X7 M60i model when tapping into the SUV’s ECU.
Forum member “jokinawa” says they were searching through coding options and discovered a logo for the X7 M60i. This logo was then loaded up onto the digital instrument cluster and the image you see was snapped. It certainly appears legitimate and if BMW has gone to the trouble of creating the logo, we think there’s a possibility it intends on bringing such a variant to the market.
Image courtesy of Bimmerpost / jokinawa
The company’s massive 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine delivers a mighty 592 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) in the M760Li and these figures would inevitably remain unchanged for the SUV alternative.
Interestingly, BMW X7 buyers looking for the ultimate in performance won’t only have the X7 M60i model to choose from. Alpina has been hard at work developing its own version of the X7 in recent months and could unveil the model before the end of the year. This model, expected to be dubbed the XB7, will use the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 as the 2020 B7 with a total of 600 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque.