BMW is late to the full-size premium SUV party, which has had heavyweights like the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Cadillac Escalade, and Range Rover Long-Wheelbase hogging the limelight for years now. So the German carmaker knows its forthcoming X7 SUV has to be exceptionally good to be able to snatch a reasonable share of this lucrative segment. Evidently Munich isn’t leaving any aspect of the car to chance, and is now honing its dynamic abilities on the Nürburgring race track.

Despite its larger dimensions, the X7 should do pretty well in terms of handling characteristics as it is underpinned by the same flexible CLAR modular platform that the new 7 Series and the 5 Series are based on. Due to its carbon-fibre-rich construction, the X7 will be relatively lightweight, which should have a positive bearing on its dynamic abilities as well as fuel consumption.

Apart from six- and eight-cylinder options and a possible plug-in hybrid, the Q7 is also likely to get an M Performance variant powered by a V12. It will go on sale next year as a 2019 model.