About the only change along the flanks is the switch to regular door handles, eliminating the flush units on the concept. More’s been done in back, the concept’s slashing lines for taillights swapped for housings more like those on the X6. Looks like the rear glass has been enlarged a bit, a welcome revision for any driver. The concept’s diffuser-heavy rear bumper is more civilized, and the hexagonal tailpipes are angled on the new patent images.
There are still competing ideas about how many power options we’re going to get. BMW told us of one plug-in hybrid powertrain with 740 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque going to all four wheels. It will come from a V8 hybrid system built around the new S68 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, with an e-motor set in the eight-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to the plug on the left front fender, a 25-kWh battery and that e-motor will be able to power anywhere from 30 to 50 miles of pure EV driving depending on market. Some have the idea that this guise will be the top trim, maybe wearing the Competition or Black Label monikers. Auto Express
It’s not clear which one will come first. Though, since BMW has officially spoken of the 740-hp version, we won’t be surprised if that one makes the splash. The unveiling is expected this year, but market launch might not come until next spring.