BMW is renowned for pushing back automotive boundaries and the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are two models that set a new benchmark. Never before has the marque offered such powerful and dynamically capable vehicles in a four-wheel drive package with a command driving position. As the first xDrive four-wheel drive cars, the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are a journey into new territory for BMW, while the twin-turbocharged 555hp V8 engine heralds the launch of the most powerful road-going M car the company has ever launched.
The new range flagships to the BMW X5 and X6 portfolio are both powered by the same 4,395cc twin turbocharged V8 engine producing a maximum power output of 555hp at 6,000rpm. Such prodigious performance equates to a zero to 62mph time of 4.7 seconds - comparable to the critically acclaimed BMW M3. The BMW X5 M and X6 M, courtesy of twin-scroll twin-turbo technology, are also capable of near diesel-powered engine flexibility with a peak torque of 680Nm from just 1,500rpm through to 5,650rpm.
Transmitting the power to the road in the BMW X5 M and the X6 M is a drivetrain incorporating a new six-speed M Sport Automatic transmission, the class-leading xDrive four-wheel drive system and Dynamic Performance Control, all refined by M GmbH engineers to suit the new high performance vehicles.
The BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M customer can fine tune the chassis of their new vehicle for greater enjoyment. The customer can configure the Electronic Damper Control, Head-Up Display, Dynamic Stability Control setting and the degree of assistance from the Servotronic steering system. Via the M Drive Manager, a menu system that lets the driver tailor the car's characteristics and is activated with a button on the steering wheel, the desired response of all these settings can be engaged with a single press of a button. Thus, the driver can have an outright sport setting on standby while riding in a more comfortable mode day to day. As the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are true M cars they both feature the renowned Launch Control function for optimum acceleration from standstill available for use via the M Drive Manager function. All of this electronic architecture is co-ordinated by the Integrated Chassis Management system, a highly advanced electronic brain.
The interior of both vehicles is as luxurious as you would expect. Leather upholstery is complemented by M Sport seats, M leather steering wheel, M footrest, M specific instrument cluster, full electric seat adjustment, front seat heating, two-zone air-conditioning and a Professional Multimedia Navigation system incorporating BMW's ConnectedDrive. This offers all buyers the latest hard disk based infotainment network with facilities ranging from pure navigation needs through to the Emergency Assist functions and MP3 music storage. A top-of-the-range 12-speaker HiFi system with 230 watts amplifier and, on the BMW X6 M, an automatic tailgate, are also standard.
The BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M go on sale 24th October 2009. Prices will be announced at a later date.Published 9 April 2009