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BMW X5 Gets M Performance Parts At Essen Motor Show

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BMW’s new 2-Series isn’t the only vehicle getting the M Performance treatment at the 2013 Essen Motor Show this week. BMW also used the German tuning fest to launch new M Performance parts and accessories for its third-generation X5 SUV. M Performance is BMW’s mid-range performance branding, with the upgrades slotting in between those from the simpler M Sport range and those found on dedicated M cars. For the latest X5, there are power-boosting mods and aerodynamic aids.

An M Performance Power Kit is available for the X5 xDrive35i. It relies on tweaks to the ECU to lift power by 22 horsepower to 322 horsepower. Peak torque, meanwhile, rises by 32 pound-feet to a total of 322 pound-feet. The upgrade is said to improve throttle response and give the engine a throatier growl. An M Performance muffler with the choice of chrome or carbon tips also improves the exhaust note. Other performance upgrades include M Performance brakes with blue-painted calipers and 21-inch light alloy wheels.

For the exterior, M Performance parts for the latest X5 include a black decorative grid for the kidney grille, a front splitter and side mirror caps in carbon, a rear diffuser and sporty side sills bearing the M Performance logo. When it comes to the cabin, the M Performance catalog includes a sports steering wheel, Alcantara and carbon trim, steel pedals and custom floor mats.

The new M Performance parts for the latest X5 will be available to order from March 2014. BMW also offers an M Sport package for the X5, and customers outside the U.S. also have the option of the X5 M50d, a high-performance model with a triple-turbocharged diesel engine. Further down the track, BMW will launch a second-generation X5 M, and this model will be coming to the U.S.

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