Originally Posted by IcedG35
they could easily get away with an X7 ///M as the range topper which would have a TT V8. V12 in this segment isn't necessary, especially without any of the heritage of say an S600. Can't find sales data by engine but i have seen exactly 1 current gen V12 7 series and maybe a handful of S600s. I probably see 10x that many S63's and M sport 7 series. clearly not a scientific approach but if anyone's noticed otherwise I'm sure you'll chime in...
I guess that is what will happen; The 7 series with a V12 was a thing in the late 80ies, when it had the only German V12 (and next to the rather ancient Jaguar V12), the only modern V12 sedan; But since then the importance has gradually faded, and IMO the fewest 7 series customers have chosen a V12 in the last 2 generations (and the current is so dull, why even bother with the engine);
Especially for a large SUV a turbo V8 makes way more sense (they could call it X7 65si or so, no one would care), both in terms of torque and character, and let's not even imagine the impact on fleet average a huge & heavy V12 SUV would have for BMW;