BMW has taken the wraps off its X5 M50i and X7 M50i performance SUVs, which are set to go into production later this year.
Both models share a stonking twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine generating 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque that is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system with an M Sport rear differential.
This enables the X5 M50i to dash from zero to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds, while the heavier X7 M50i accomplishes its century sprint in 4.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.5 – 10.7L/100km for the former, and 10.9 – 11.1L/100km for the latter.
To match the high-performance engine, the new M variants get model-specific suspension tune with new spring and damper settings. Both models employ double-wishbone front suspension and a five-link rear suspension set up, with the X5 M50i featuring an Adaptive M Suspension, while the larger X7 M50i getting a two-axle air suspension, which is also available as an option for the X5 M50i.
An optional integral active steering is offered for both models to enhance the vehicle’s agility. The system co-steers the rear wheels either in the same or opposite direction depending on the driving speed to further enhance dynamics.
On the styling front, both performance SUVs gain new front bumpers with larger air intakes to improve cooling, unique side sills and rear apron. The high-gloss Shadow Line and Cerium Grey finished elements further differentiates the models from their lesser siblings.
Inside, the interior changes are subtle and limited to an M leather steering wheel, M-branded shifter and illuminated doorsill plates with ‘M50i’ logos. The X5 M50i also features perforated leather seats with contrast stitching, Anthracite headliner and a Hi-Fi sound system, while the X7 M50i gets Alcantara Anthracite headliner and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.