BMW introduced the redesigned X5 last summer and now the company is putting the finishing touches on the new X5 M.
Recently caught undergoing testing on the Nürburgring, this X5 M has shed its heavy camouflage and this gives us a better look at the model’s aggressive front fascia. As you can see, the crossover retains its massive grille but adopts a sportier front bumper with five different air intakes.
More changes occur aft of the A-pillar as the X5 M has aerodynamic mirror caps and lightweight alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system with blue calipers. The model also sports a unique spoiler and a modified rear bumper which makes room for a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.
The sporty styling will continue in the cabin as previous leaked photos have shown the model will have a leather-wrapped BMW M steering wheel and carbon fiber trim. Buyers will also find a digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment system and stylish metal accents.
BMW has been tight-lipped about performance specifications, but the standard X5 M is expected use a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 that produces 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. We can also expect an X5 M Competition with 617 hp (460 kW / 625 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.
Given the outgoing X5 M produced 567 hp (423 kW / 575 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque, we can expect the redesigned to model to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than four seconds. This should be made possible by a combination of weight savings and added horsepower.
The 2020 BMW X5 M is expected to be unveiled later this year, but it’s not entirely clear when.