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BMW M packages supercar-like performance into the X5 and the X6

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BMW’s M division just recently hinted it will not make another station wagon, however it plans to continue injecting racing DNA into SUVs. The third-generation X5 and X6 are the most recent off-roaders to get the full M treatment. Both use substantially more power than the models they’re based on, tech features established with speed in mind, and an aggressive-looking style to match.

The X5 and the X6 are carefully related under the sheet metal, so few will be surprised to discover out the M-tuned variants look almost identical on paper. Both get a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbocharged to make 600 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque over a broad range that extends from 1,800 to 5,690 rpm. The optional Competition plan offered from launch bumps horsepower to 617, while torque stays flat.

Power streams through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a sportier evolution of BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system. The sprint from absolutely no to 60 miles per hour takes 3.8 seconds with the 600- hp engine, while the additional 17 horses shave a flash from that time, which is a rounding error at finest. Both Ms are restricted to 155 miles per hour, but purchasers who pay additional for the M Driver’s Package can reach 177 miles per hour.

Stuffing a 600- hp engine in an SUV is a dish for catastrophe if the power isn’t kept in check. To that end, M included additional chassis bracing, revamped the suspension, and installed a firmer, speed-sensitive steering setup. The larger brakes are managed by means of an electrical actuator with two settings called comfort and sport, respectively. This technology customizes the brake pedal’s reaction. It’s more instant in sport mode, and more relaxed when the chauffeur selects convenience mode.

The design modifications are noticeable but discreet; stylists refrained from including park bench-sized wings, and worthless vents. The front end receives larger vents that direct cooling air into the engine compartment, while the back end gets a diffuser flanked by quad exhaust suggestions. M-specific emblems and other add-ons (like a grille with double bars) include a completing touch to the appearance.

While the cabin gets a handful of M-designed accents, the most significant difference in between the Ms and the routine SUVs they’re based upon is seen when the 2 12.3- inch screens come to life. One changes the instrument cluster behind the guiding wheel, and the other display screens the infotainment system. Both include new menus, and redesigned graphics that supply performance-related information like a g-force meter, a turbo increase gauge, and a tire pressure gauge. Bluetooth connection, two USB-C ports, and navigation come standard on both SUVs.

Developed in South Carolina, BMW’s hot-rodded SUVs will go on sale in early2020 Pricing begins at $105,100 for the X5 M, and $114,100 for the Competition model. The X6 M and X6 M Competitors are priced at $108,600 and $117,600, respectively. None of the abovementioned figures include a mandatory $995 location charge. When they show up, they’ll face competitors from Mercedes-AMG’s V8-powered GLE

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