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The BMW X7 xDrive50i is a full-sized SUV that comes with a massive 4.4-litre V8 and ample shove.

27 Mar 2019

We've firmly established on some facts about the BMW X7 xDrive40i in our last review - like its size, levels of luxury, and how it marks a significant leap for the brand.

While we will see the BMW X7 xDrive40i arriving on our shores very soon, there is another option which goes against normality, just by a little bit.

The only other petrol variant other than the BMW X7 xDrive40i, is the xDrive50i seen here

It's the BMW X7 xDrive50i, which comes in the form of a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8.

More power!

With the V8 lump up front, the X7 pushes out 449bhp and 650Nm of torque to all four wheels. That is some 99bhp and 200Nm more than the xDrive40i, which allows the beefcake to complete the century sprint 0.7 seconds faster, at 5.4 seconds.

The BMW X7 can shift its weight pretty rapidly, thanks to its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 putting out 650Nm of torque

Just the engine?

Power isn't all that the xDrive50i offers. The variant we tested comes with the M Sport package, which gives it all the fancy bits and bobs one would expect when ordering an M Sport BMW.

Here, the most notable difference is the M Aerodynamics package which gives the X7 sterner-looking bumpers front and back. This said package also gives the xDrive50i M Sport brakes, an M Sport exhaust and a set of biggish 22-inch wheels.

The M Sport brakes doesn't just endows the X7 with good looks, it gives extra assurance when it comes to shedding speed

Step inside and you'll find some subtle differences here over the xDrive40i, thanks to its more muted black and brown Meniro leather combination.

While the rest of the interior is adorned with M bits like an M Sport steering wheel and illuminated M door sill finishers, the xDrive50i we tested was specified as a seven-seater, a more practical option compared to the xDrive40i's six.

How is it to drive?

Behind the wheel, you'll find youself moving the huge X7 at a pace you don't usually expect from an SUV weighing over 2.4 tonnes, thanks to the powerful V8 engine.

A seven-seater configuration will come as standard for the Singapore market

During our time in the States, we were zipping in and out of traffic and onto our exit out of the highway without a hitch. The X7 has so much torque on tap that filling up gaps in between cars is done in an extremely breezy and easy manner.

Mash the throttle and the car will give out a nice, throaty V8 soundtrack, even if it isn't as alluring as other V8s from the Bavarian range - despite the M Sport exhaust option fitted.

Once done with that spirited highway exit manoeuvre, the X7 manages to impress with its comfortable and graceful character around town - an aspect that's key in a city like Singapore.

With its V8 engine, pace is the name of the game for the BMW X7, but it never compromises on grace around town

Does this X mark the spot?

The BMW X7 is certainly a very capable full-sized SUV, and the xDrive40i variant is a neat package that doesn't make you want anything more. If the M Sport trim is what you're after, the xDrive40i Launch Edition will have it, too.

Unfortunately, there is no confirmation if the X7 xDrive50i will come to Singapore yet, but the similarly juicy xDrive40i will arrive on our shores some time in the second quarter of this year.

While the X7 xDrive50i (left) has the firepower, the xDrive40i (right) is just as well established and does the job just as well

When it does, you'll have to see it in person to really soak in its size, levels of luxury, and how it marks a significant leap for the Bavarian marque.
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