The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M have arrived on Australian shores, priced from $185,900 excluding on-roads for the flagship SUV and $194,700 for its coupe sculpted sibling.
The second generation X5 M and X6 M are BMW’s fastest and most powerful SUV ever, with ballistic performance coming from a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine. Boasting a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, Valvetronic and high precision direct petrol injection, the V8 engine churns out 423kW (575hp) between 6,000 and 6,500rpm, and 750Nm between 2,200 and 5,000rpm – 70Nm more than the predecessor models.
Paired with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission that replaces the previous six-speed auto, the all-wheel-drive models demolish the first 100km/h in a sports car slaying 4.2 seconds, en route to a limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).
According to BMW, the new models are over 20 percent more fuel efficient over the previous generations, while power and torque from the tweaked 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 have also improved by 4 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Fuel consumption is down from 13.9L/100km (20.3 mpg) to 11.1L/100km (25.5 mpg), while CO2 emission is down by 20 percent to 258g/km.
Featuring the most powerful BMW engine ever paired to an XDrive vehicle, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system enables the fully variable distribution of drive between front and rear axles, optimising traction in all road conditions.
The continuous distribution of drive between the rear wheels, both under load and on the overrun, is supervised by the Dynamic Performance Control driving dynamics system, while a rear-axle bias is meanwhile deployed in the interests of greater agility.
Both cars are suspended on double-wishbone front suspension and a self-levelling rear air suspension with electronically adjustable dampers.
Aesthetically, both X5 M and X6 M get new wider bumpers, larger air intakes at the front, side gills with a model badge and Air Breathers. There are, of course, the signature M twin-stalk exterior mirrors, a typically M quad tailpipe exhaust arrangement and a rear spoiler for the X6 M.
The new X5 M and X6 M rolls on 21-inch M light alloy wheels and come standard with adaptive LED headlights, trademark blue M brake callipers and ornamental black front grille, with M double rods.
Inside, drivers are greeted by the M instrument cluster, M leather steering wheel with aluminium gearshift paddles and M gearshift lever. These are complemented by electrically adjusted M sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M driver’s footrest and the optional Head-Up Display which, in addition to the standard system, also includes an M-specific display with gear indicator, rev band and shift lights.
There are also two new and exclusive M exterior colour called Long Beach Blue metallic and Donington Grey metallic.
2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M Australian Pricing and Standard Features
BMW X5 M – $185,900
BMW X6 M – $194,700
- Eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic
- Dynamic Performance Control
- Dynamic Damper Control
- Dynamic Drive
- 21-inch M light alloy wheels
- M multifunctional seats for driver and front passenger
- BMW Individual leather instrument panel
- Electric sunroof
- Surround View with top view and side view
- Driving Assistant
- Parking Assistant
- Lane Change Warning
- Adaptive LED headlights with BMW selective beam
- Head Up Display
- Comfort Access
- Auto Tailgate
- Electric and Heated Seats
- DAB tuner
- Digital TV tuner
- harman kardon Surround Sound system (16 speakers)
- Navigation Professional
- Tyre presure monitor
- ConnectedDrive Freedom
- Intelligent emergency call
- Metallic Paint
- Facts and figures
Length / width / height (incl. aerial):
- BMW X5 M: 4,880 mm / 1,985 mm / 1,717 mm
- BMW X6 M: 4,909 mm / 1,989 mm / 1,689 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,933 mm
- Track (front / rear): 1,666 mm / 1,667 mm
- BMW X5 M: 2,275 kg (DIN kerb weight)
- BMW X6 M: 2,265 kg (DIN kerb weight)
- Displacement: 4,395 cc
- Output: 423 kW (at 6,000 – 6,500 rpm)
- Max. torque: 750 Nm (at 2,200 – 5,000 rpm)
- Max. engine speed: 6,800 rpm
- Acceleration 0-100 lm/h: 4.2 seconds
- CO2 emissions: 258 g/km
- Fuel consumption: 11.1 l/100 km