The new 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M will soon land in Australia, promising some of the highest performance capabilities you can get with an SUV.
As reported earlier in the year, the new X5 M and X6 M carry over the outgoing 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. However, it has been tweaked to produce an insane 423kW of power and 750Nm of torque. This is enough oomph to see 0-100km/h done and dusted in just 4.2 seconds.
Despite the added performance, the new models are 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the outgoing versions. Some how the big off-roaders offer a combined cycle consumption rating of just 11.1L100km, which is not bad for such a heavy package. BMW says the result is a 26 per cent increase in overall range too, with 765km possible from a full 85-litre tank.
To help provide a balance, the X5 M and X6 M come with stiff springs and a lowered ride height of 10mm. There’s also Dynamic Drive anti-roll technology, which BMW says helps to reduce lateral tilt and body roll, as well as Dynamic Damper Control with adjustable settings.
Inside, both come with a luxurious yet sporty interior with sports seats in fine-grain Merino leather, a leather M steering wheel, lots of M logos around the place, and all of the features you’d expect on the top-line X5 and X6, including a full sat-nav system with surround-view camera technology, and head-up display as standard.
Other highlights include 21-inch alloy wheels, an M bodykit with neat spoilers and unique vents, trademark blue-painted M brake calipers, and chrome-finished exhaust tips.
Both the X5 M and X6 M will arrive in Australia during the second quarter of this year. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):
2015 BMW X5 M – $185,900
2015 BMW X6 M – $194,700