BMW M is working on a custom SUVApril 7, 2021
A patent application for a brand new trademark filed by the Bavarian automaker in the UK suggests that BMW is preparing something special.
To say that BMW hasn’t created a custom M model in a while would be an understatement. In fact, since the original M car, the BMW M1, hit the market in 1978, the brand hasn’t had such a car. Every M car since the M1 has been based on an existing BMW model. BMW has hinted at a mid-engined supercar return with the M1 Homage and M Vision Next concepts, but neither has been implemented.
However, the following information leads us to a curious BMW trademark called “XM”. In October 2020, an application was filed to register this trademark with the US Patent Office, but most recently, on April 5, 2021, it was filed with the UK Office. Based on the existing BMW nomenclature, it looks like it could be an all-new custom M-brand SUV.
In 2019, M CEO Markus Flush hinted that BMW was looking into the segments that a single M model could fit into. Flush said that such a model should have “a combination of precision, agility and luxury,” and hinted that BMW was considering several options for it. body and power units. Perhaps a dedicated M SUV can fit the bill, as evidenced by spy shots showing the all-new upcoming model.
Photospies have called the previously seen prototype a test model of the upcoming X8 M, but instead, perhaps BMW will use the XM name. Whatever the nameplate it wears, the vehicle, known internally as Project Rockstar, is rumored to be powered by a hybrid powertrain paired with the X6 M’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 750 horsepower. If this information is confirmed, it will be the most powerful BMW model.
It’s not the spiritual successor to the M1 we hoped for, but BMW’s new M super SUV sounds “pretty cool.” The car may still be called the X8 M, but it is likely time for BMW to introduce a customized M product. Of the three largest German carmakers, BMW is currently the only one that does not have a separate product from its production brand: Audi has an R8, while Mercedes-AMG has a GT sports car and a 4-door GT.
It’s worth noting, of course, that around the same time last year that the first XM application was filed, BMW announced that the 360L SiriusXM radio would be standard on all 2021 models. Perhaps this trademark may refer to this and not the new model, but I would like to believe that BMW M is ready to release something special.
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