It’s not the M1 spiritual successor we hoped for, but a new BMW M super-SUV still sounds pretty cool. The car could still end up being called X8 M, but we think it’s time for BMW to introduce a bespoke M product. Of the big three German automakers, BMW is currently the only one without a standalone product from its performance brand; Audi has the R8 while Mercedes-AMG has the GT sports car and GT 4-Door.
Before we get too excited about the BMW XM, we have to throw out one more possibility. BMW announced last year, around the same time as the first XM filing, that SiriusXM radio with the 360L platform would be standard on all 2021 models. It’s possible that this trademark could relate to this rather than a new model, but we’d prefer to believe that BMW M is ready to unleash something special.