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BMW Unleashes X5 M And X6 M Performance SUVs


We bet there are still thousands of BMW M fans out there reeling from the fact that the performance division is launch its first ever SUV model, and a turbocharged one at that. Those fans better get used to it fast as BMW has just revealed its new X5 M and X6 M SUVs ahead of their New York Auto Show debut.

The latest images reveal more aggressive overall styling and slightly lower stance for the performance pair, though there remains a healthy amount of wheel-arch gap. The hood, front air dam, and headlights are virtually identical on the BMW X5 M and X6 M.

Unique 20in split five-spoke wheels, absolutely enormous brake discs that could pull double duty as pizza pans and a sporty rear diffuser/exhaust area add to the M-specific appeal. Inside, a two-tone leather treatment with M branding complete the first-ever M-SUVs.

Both models are powered by a newly-developed 4.4L V8 M engine delivering 555hp (412kW) at 6,000rpm and 500lb-ft (677Nm) of torque from a low 1,500 to 5,650rpm - enough to send the vehicles from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds.

This new M engine is the world's first with a pulse-tuned exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders combined with high-performance twin-scroll twin turbo technology. Two low-mass twin-scroll turbochargers are positioned together with the catalytic converters in the "V" section between the two banks of cylinders. By reversing the flow of gases through the engine from traditional arrangements, the intake and exhaust ducts are shortened and widened. The result is that pressure losses on the exhaust side are minimized.

This configuration, known as Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM), offers quick turbo spooling, a linear build-up of engine power, and a broad, consistent torque curve by feeding each of the twin turbochargers with a "charge pulse" at approximately every 90 degrees of crankshaft rotation, rather than the more traditional "irregular schedule" of charging. Maximum boost pressure is set at 1.5bar (21psi).

BMW M engineers have also reworked the full drivetrain and chassis, adding new M-specific adaptive suspension, an uprated intelligent xDrive AWD system, and newly-developed Servotronic power steering.

Also featured for the first time on an M model is a six-speed automatic transmission, which for the X5 M and X6 M also comes with an electronic selector on the center console and offers three different driving modes – Drive, Sport and M Manual modes for absolute control of gear selection.

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  1. How I wish the timer would increase instead of count down...
     
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  2. How I wish the timer would increase instead of count down... hahahahahaha just hope soccer moms wont b driving them
     
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  3. There's a guy here in Newport Beach who publicly bashes his own SUV. When I asked him what the plate meant, he said his wife bought the thing without asking him, and he was put off by the whole thing, so he got this plate for it:

     
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  4. That is awesome!
     
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  5. If we have to accept the existence of the X6, then BMW was obliged to release an M version. I welcome the addition of twin-turbocharging in the M lineup.

    But the wheelarches should have been drawn perfectly circular, and a little dark plastic would have been welcomed in the lower edge of the car.

    Gus, please use picture thumbnails.
     
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  6. I wish BMW had stuck with only making Motorsport cars
     
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  7. NaBUru38, sorry but that picture had to be BIG!

    My point (and that of the Cayenne owner) is that some things shouldn't mix, such as sports cars and trucks...
     
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  8. for some reason I get the feeling that bmw is trying to cut production costs by making these kind of incomplete bumpers. For some REASON THE CAR LOOKS HOLLOW AT THE FRONT.
     
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  9. I don't see much difference between the regular X6 and this M version.
    The 4 pipes and the M-logo makes all the differences on the looks, I expected more.
     
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  10. I agree with kritik, looks like some guy that just bought a body kit for it and put that tacky chicken wire for a grill
     
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  11. They are making this over the Z4M!!!!!
     
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  12. They are making this over the Z4M!!!!!

    Yes, and the sadder part being is that this will probably sell in enough numbers since some people have no taste
     
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  13. i hate sporty 4wd's its like saying a good looking poo... the car may go fast in a straight line.... it may even be impressive through the corners for 4wd, but why would someone looking for a sports car choose this over an m5 or something that actually does the job properly..... i guess because its not about the speed or the handling its about " bling" or the ability to show off something big and flashy....thats what will sell these cars
     
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  14. i hate sporty 4wd's its like saying a good looking poo... the car may go fast in a straight line.... it may even be impressive through the corners for 4wd, but why would someone looking for a sports car choose this over an m5 or something that actually does the job properly..... i guess because its not about the speed or the handling its about " bling" or the ability to show off something big and flashy....thats what will sell these cars
     
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  15. They are making this over the Z4M!!!!!

    Yes, and the sadder part being is that this will probably sell in enough numbers since some people have no taste

    This sounds very familiar. Porsche was thinking of not making the Carrera GT and instead made the Cayenne. That made them so much money that they went ahead with the Carrera GT. Without the Cayenne, no matter what anyone thinks of it, there wouldn't be a Carrera GT or the other things Porsche pays for by using the Cayenne's continuing profits. If these M division SUV's sell well then BMW will have more money to spend on their other M cars, and maybe then they will bring back the Z4 M. You might not like these SUVs but without them there would be a lot less money available to these manufacturers to spend on the cars that you want.
     
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  16. wow i like the look
     
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