BMW announces ‘First Edition’ X5 M Competition & X6 M Competition

October 20, 2020

If you thought the new BMW X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition couldn’t get any hotter, the German company has just announced special First Edition examples of the mental SUVs, and limited units have been secured for the Australian market.

The X5 and X6 M Competition are among the most powerful SUVs on the market. They feature a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that belts out a hilarious 460kW and 750Nm, which is good enough for 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.8 seconds – although, we’ve clocked 3.69 seconds in the X6 and 3.73 in the X5, in the real world.

Strangely, BMW is now announcing a new First Edition, despite having been on sale for a while now. We’re not sure why they are called ‘first’ editions. Nonetheless, they showcase a range of exclusive highlights and enhancements, typical of a launch edition model.

For the exterior, buyers can preference the BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver matt paint finish, which is exclusive to the special editions. Buyers will also be offered the Frozen Marina Bay Blue matt finish, which is also thanks to the BMW Individual department.

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The body colour is then contrasted with a set of 21-inch front and 22-inch rear M light-alloy wheels in star-spoke design, finished in exclusive Jet Black for that sinister appeal. There’s also M Carbon side mirrors, rear spoiler and engine cover for racy presence.

Inside, passengers are treated to a full Merino leather interior trim in exclusive two-tone Silverstone and Midnight Blue. Alcantara inserts are added to the sports seats, in black, with Sakhir orange stitching, and an Alcantara headliner from the BMW Individual catalogue. The instrument panel is topped off with Midnight Blue leather.

Lastly, a special “First Edition 1/250” motif is featured on the dash, among various carbon fibre trimmings. As that number suggests, just 250 examples of each the X5 and X6 First Edition will be produced. And for Australia, just two examples of each will be offered locally, making it one exclusive SUV.

Local buyers will be able to reserve an order online via the shop.bmw.com.au portal, which launched here earlier this year. But with just four examples going up for grabs, we don’t think the order books will be open for very long. Aussie prices will be announced early in 2021.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.