BMW reveals local pricing and specs for X5 M and X6 M

SET to launch in full Competition guise in May, the 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M models will bring with them stunning levels of performance and design, and a host of dynamic driving capabilities.

The new models combine the acclaimed X5 and X6 platforms with the most powerful engine in the segment; the mighty 460kW and 750Nm BMW M TwinPower turbocharged V8 engine.

These figures mark a 37kW power hike on the previous generation X5 M and X6 M engine and help to propel the new X5 M and X6 M from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds. This is four tenths of a second faster than the outgoing models.

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Technical highlights of the new engine include twin-scroll turbochargers located in the V of the engine for optimum efficiency and response, a forged crankshaft for exceptional torsional force resistance and a motor sport oil supply system.

The latter of these integrates baffling and active suction in the sump to deliver lubrication where needed for track use. The cooling system also evokes a race car set up with 10 individual coolers, including two water cooled inter-coolers for the turbochargers.

Drive is sent to the ground via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, which adopts the same M control concept as the BMW M8 Competition vehicles.

The standard fitment M Sport exhaust system is characterised by four 100mm black chrome tailpipes. The exhaust delivers a loud, emotive soundtrack that emphasises the high revving and considerable output of the BMW TwinPower turbo V8.

Chassis enhancements include Adaptive M Suspension Professional, which highlights the dynamic potential of both SUV’s multiple drive modes, and the precise and direct M Servotronic steering. The latter is also adjustable between Comfort and Sport modes.

Both vehicles also feature BMW M xDrive and an Active M differential to deliver maximum traction and elevated dynamics for all driving situations.

The fully variable M xDrive has a rear-biased set-up that brings the front axle into play only when the rear wheels are at the limits of adhesion. The Active M differential is a needs-based diff lock that optimises traction, handling and stability elements.

The racetrack ready M compound brake system, featuring six piston fixed calipers at the front with 395mm drilled and inner-ventilated discs and single-piston floating calipers with 380mm discs at the rear, delivers astonishing stopping power.

The system can bring the X5 M and X6 M from 100km/h to rest in just 32 metres. The X5 M and X6 M also follow the M8 Competition in offering two levels of braking feel via the Comfort and Sport settings.

Both vehicles match the outstanding performance with striking styling and design aspects, including large air intakes, which provide a dynamic aesthetic quality while ensuring an effective supply of air to the engine, transmission and brakes.

Short overhangs and dynamic roof lines further highlight both models as high performance flagships. In addition, the wheel and tyre packages provide a dominant appearance while also contributing to outstanding road holding.

Both vehicles feature M light alloy wheels with star-spoke style design shod with 295/35 section tyres on the front and 315/30 section tyres on the rear.

The interior of both offerings combines purposeful BMW M elements with luxury appointments that provide a premium cabin ambiance, including M multi-function sport seats trimmed in full leather ‘Merino’ upholstery, and BMW Individual Alcantara headliner.

A suite of advanced safety and convenience systems including BMW Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant Plus and BMW Live Cockpit Professional, with twin 12.3-inch LCD colour displays, complement the supreme performance of both models.

The X5 M Competition SUV (or SAV as BMW calls it, is priced at $209,900 plus on-roads, while the X6 M Competition Sports Activity Coupe is $213,900 plus on-roads. Both vehicles are available to order now with deliveries to begin in May.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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