BMW X5 M And X6 M Unveiled With Up To 617 HP

BMW has unveiled the 2020 X5 M and X6 M, ahead of their debut at this weekend’s DTM race at the Hockenheim.

Starting under the hood, both models have a 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which sends power to a specially tuned all-wheel drive system with an Active M Differential.

This enables the X5 M and X6 M to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds. The models are electrically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), but the optional M Driver’s Package increases that number to 180 mph (290 km/h).

Buyers looking for something more powerful can opt for the new Competition variants. They feature an upgraded engine that develops 617 hp (460 kW / 625 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. This lowers the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time to 3.8 seconds, but the top speed remains unchanged.

The performance features extend beyond the engine compartment as the crossovers have been equipped with an adaptive suspension that features active roll stabilization. There’s also a unique steering system and an upgraded chassis that features a bespoke shear panel and M-specific bracing.

Since the crossovers can hit high speeds in a matter of seconds, they’ve been outfitted with a high-performance braking system that features six-piston calipers and 15.5-inch (395 mm) discs up front. Out back, there’s single piston calipers which grab onto 15-inch (380 mm) discs.

On the styling front, the models have aggressive fascias, a revised grille and aerodynamically optimized side mirrors. There’s also a four-tailpipe exhaust system which produces an “aural accompaniment that stirs the emotions” and corresponds with the selected drive mode. The Competition variants feature a more vocal M Sport exhaust system and it will be offered as an option on the standard X5 M and X6 M.

The base model comes standard with 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels, while the Competition variants have staggered wheels which measure 21-inches front and 22-inches rear. The Competition models are also distinguished by black accents on the mirror caps, grille surround and badges.

The cabin largely carries over from the mainstream X5 and X6, but drivers will find an assortment of special touches. Highlights include a leather-wrapped M steering wheel, illuminated door sill plates and multifunction sport seats with an illuminated model badge. Other niceties include aluminum crossline or carbon fiber trim and a unique gear selector that features an embossed M logo and special stitching.

In the United States, the models will go on sale next spring.  Pricing starts at $105,100 for the X5 M and $114,100 for the X5 M Competition.  Likewise, the X6 M begins at $108,600 while X6 M Competition will cost $117,600.

 

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  • Mike Sinyaboot ©

    According to Caranddriver, the 0-60 times quoted above are incorrect. The standard versions will hit 60 in 3.8 seconds while the Competition models will be a tenth quicker at 3.7 seconds which makes sense considering the last generation got to 60 in 4 seconds flat. Also, they will obvisouly be faster as BMW always under-quotes its acceleration figures.

    • Mike Gauthier

      Those are 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) times, not 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) times. While 2 mph shouldn’t make much of a difference, BMW quotes them as being a tenth of a second different

      • Mike Sinyaboot ©

        Thanks. I was on Caranddriver previously and didn’t even notice that the above stated 0-62, not 60. Idiotic brain shart on my part.

  • Aelwyn

    I know the new X6’s design is still going to be controversial, but it definitely looks a heck of a lot better in black than that sad, gross brown color they’ve been using prior to this.

  • HawkeyeVG

    The X6 sketches are so ugly, usually its the opposite, well the whole thing is ugly…

  • SteersUright

    X5 is definitely the looker of the two. Love the colors, though still not as many nice ones as Audi seems to offer. I wonder how well these would compete with the Urus given they’re half the price.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    funny how the X6 never looked this terrible but the X5 is looking its best

  • Mikestroh

    The X6 looks like it was beaten with an ugly stick….sorry but those bodylines are hideous no matter what angle you look at it. It looks like someone kicked it in the ass and it stayed in that position afterwards…LOL….B.U.T.T.U.G.L.Y.

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