BMW’s famed M division took a massive engine and stuffed it under the hood of one of its most popular products. The recipe is much the same with the new X5 M and X6 M, but now they are even more powerful.
Power comes from the same twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine found in the current M5 producing 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque going out to M xDrive all-wheel-drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission. And that’s just the base output. The Competition versions put out 617 hp and the same amount of torque.
BMW says the X5 M and X6 M can hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds while the Competition models can do the deed in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph, increasing to 177 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package, which also includes driver training at one of BMW’s Performance Centers. Most of the engine’s power is sent to the rear wheels, with power only being sent to the front when additional traction is required, giving these SUVs the handling characteristics expected of an M car.
The all-wheel-drive system has an electronically controlled clutch pack that can send power to the front or rear axle as necessary. Brake feel is adjustable. It’s possible to switch between Comfort and Sport brake-pedal settings.
The wheel wells are filled with 21-inch double-spoke wheels with a staggered setup placing 295/35 tires up front and 315/35s in the rear. Optional on base models and standard on the Competition models is a 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheel package wrapped in 295/35s and 315/30s. BMW didn’t say whether the performance tires were all-seasons or summer rubber, but noted they are not run-flats.
Pricing for these super-SUVs starts in the six figures. The cheapest of the four models is the regular X5 M, which starts at $106,095. If you want the Competition, it’ll cost you $115,095. The X6 M raises the bar even higher at $109,595 for the base version and $118,595 for the Competition. Those prices are before options. The X5 M and X6 M will be available in spring 2020.