Power play: The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 MInnovative technology and a powerful presence
The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M (fuel consumption combined for both models: 11.1 l/100 km (25.5 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined for both models: 258 g/km) see BMW M GmbH setting the pace once again in the high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) §egmènt. When the previous generation of the two cars arrived in 2009, it was the first time the high-performance character distilled by BMW M GmbH had been transplanted into an all-wheel-drive BMW X model. The result was class-leading dynamics. The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M pull no punches in writing the next chapter in this success story wîth another significant step forward in dynamic excellence, emotionally rich M design and outstanding efficiency.
The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M combine the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family - exclusivity, robustness, agility and everyday usability - wîth the commitment to high performance that defines an M car. The latter is resoundingly highlighted by the cars' impressive performance figures. Both models complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds in conjunction wîth the standard eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)Innovative engine technology
The new M TwinPower Turbo engine for the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is the most powerful unit ever developed by BMW for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Boasting innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology wîth a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, VALVETRONIC and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, the 4.4-litre V8 produces maximum output of 423 kW/575 hp between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. That represents a four per cent increase over the predecessor models. The step up is even clearer when it comes to the power development of the new engine. Peak torque has been boosted by 70 Nm (52 lb-ft), which equates to a rise of 10 per cent. Its 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) can be enjoyed across a broad rev range between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm.
At the same time, fuel consumption of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M in the EÚ cycle has been cut by 20 per cent - from 13.9 l/100 km (20.3 mpg imp) to 11.1 l/100 km (25.5 mpg imp). CO2 emissions are likewise down by more than 20 per cent, to 258 g/km. The two models accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds through the standard eightspeed M Steptronic transmission wîth Drivelogic. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).Powerful looks and exclusive equipment
With their striking use of forms, the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M clearly flag up their sporting ambitions. With their exteriors painted fully in body colour, both models cut a low-slung figure on the road, while mixed tyres showcase their sporty track width and lend extra credence to their premium perception. Additional exterior design modifications, moreover, elevate the M models even further than before from the standard BMW X5 and BMW X6. Large air intakes at the front end, side gills wîth a model badge and Air Breathers, signature M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, a typically M fourtailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler (for the BMW X6 M) give them a standalone look M fans will immediately recognise. Setting the seal on this exclusive range of features are M-specific 20-inch light-alloy wheels wîth mixed tyres or forged 21-inch M light-alloy wheels (optional).
The high-quality interior impresses wîth its well-thought-through combination of sporty features, exclusive materials and flawless workmanship. The M instrument cluster, M leather §teering wheel wîth aluminium gearshift paddles and M gearshift lever - which works in the same way as the familiar M Double Clutch Transmission - are complemented by electrically operated M sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M driver's footrest and the optional Head-Úp Display which, in addition to the standard system, also includes an M-specific display wîth gear indicator, rev band and shift lights.
New BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M customers also have the choice between various options exclusive to the M models, such as 21-inch M light-alloy wheels, Merino full-leather trim and M multifunction seats. And there's also a choice of two new and exclusive M paint finishes.A finely balanced overall concept
At BMW M GmbH, high performance is about more than engine output and top speeds alone. Here, high performance means all of a vehicle's components working in perfect harmony and the precise interplay of various details resulting in maximum performance, agility, precision, poise and assurance out on the road. This sense of balance is a defining feature of all the cars produced by BMW M GmbH and is, needless to say, also present and correct in the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M.
The function-led design of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M is immediately clear wîth athletic, dynamic looks betraying their high-performance credentials before they so much as turn a wheel. The four large air intakes and flaps at the front end, and the diffuser at the rear, are more than just a case of style for style's sake. Instead, their presence is an essential part of the engineers' drive to optimise aerodynamics and ensure efficient cooling.
Thanks to a clever aerodynamics concept, the airflow is guided so efficiently around the car that drag is minimised and lift is also reduced. The engine, powertrain and brakes are all kept sufficiently cool, even when placed under extreme loads on the track. Elements which look like pure design accents when they first catch the eye are, in fact, busy fulfilling functional tasks. For example, the M-specific Air Breathers behind the front wheels reduce turbulence in the front wheel arches.
Optimum temperature management The high-performance engine under the bonnet of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M requires a high-performance cooling system in order to guarantee the optimum operating temperature in all conditions - i.e. normal everyday driving, stop-start traffic and extreme action on the race track. A highly efficient, newly developed combination of low-temperature and hightemperature radiators, which also handles the cooling of the turbochargers, charge air and transmission oil, maintains an optimum temperature, even wîth all components working flat out.
Eight-speed M Steptronic transmission wîth Drivelogic The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M send their engine power to the wheels via the newly developed eight-speed M Steptronic transmission wîth Drivelogic, which mirrors the operating concept of the M Double Clutch Transmission used by other M models. With its instantaneous responses, rapid gear changes and super-direct reaction to load changes, the torque converter auto links up seamlessly wîth the new higher-torque turbocharged engine and showcases its talents in hugely impressive style. At the same time, its wider ratio spread allows it to offer a clear drop in fuel consumption over the six-speed transmission of the previous-generation cars, as well as an increase in driving comfort and improved performance. This is also the first torque converter to enable 'creep on demand' through the Low Speed Assistant.
The new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission allows drivers to sit back and enjoy automatic shifts or change gear manually using the gearshift paddles on the M leather §teering wheel. And for the perfect getaway, the driver can activate the Launch Control system adapted from use in racing cars. Here, the driver keeps their foot on the brakes and pushes the accelerator down almost to the floor, which prompts the system to dial in the ideal getaway rpm. Releasing the brakes prompts Launch Control to let the car off the leash, and it accelerates off the line wîth maximum propulsion.
The driver can also use the three-stage Drivelogic function to choose whether to prioritise fuel economy, comfort or sports performance. This function is available both in automatic mode and in sequential SPORT mode.
Intelligent all-wheel drive
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Power: 575 hp
Torque: 553 ft-lbs
BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and Dynamic Performance Control play a key role in the outstanding dynamics of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. The xDrive system employs an electronically controlled multiplate clutch to allow fully variable distribution of drive between the front and rear axles - from 100 per cent at the rear to up to 100 per cent at the front. This ensures the best possible traction in all road conditions. In the interests of greater agility, xDrive brings a rear-biased basic set-up to the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M.
The driving dynamics system Dynamic Performance Control oversees the continuous distribution of drive between the rear wheels - both under load and on the overrun - regardless of engine output. Working in combination wîth the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the result is a whole new bracket of dynamic flair, agility and traction. The car follows the course set by the driver far more accurately, whatever the road surface, and the system also reduces the amount of wheel work required of the driver: the §teering responds more directly and far fewer corrections are necessary. Moreover, the inherent propensity of conventional all-wheel-drive vehicles to understeer is eliminated. An improvement in traction is also impressively noticeable (on road surfaces wîth differing friction levels, in particular), and active safety is markedly enhanced as a result. The driver can see how Dynamic Performance Control is operating on the display, wîth arrows at all four wheels visualising where the engine power is currently being sent.An open door to controlled drifts
Among the other highlights of the overall concept behind the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M is Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The control functions of DSC have been optimised over previous versions of the system to improve driving dynamics further still. Added to which, extra functions enhancing active safety (Brake Standby, Brake Drying, Fading Compensation) and comfort (Start-Off Assistant, parking brake wîth automatic hold function) have also been introduced.
Dynamic Stability Control allows the driver to choose from three modes: DSC on, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), DSC off. While DSC on counteracts understeer and oversteer to great effect wîth brake inputs, MDM allows greater wheel slip - to give keen drivers the chance to execute some mild drifts. However, the driver aids will also intervene to assist the driver in this mode if a predefined dynamic limit is exceeded. Deactivating DSC (through DSC off) gives the driver the chance to fully explore the car's dynamic limits on the track and nudge the car into power oversteer (i.e. a drift) using the accelerator. In this mode, the system will only introduce brake inputs in extreme situations involving significant shifts in lateral acceleration.
The new M TwinPower Turbo engine
To say the newly developed engine of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M has a pounding heartbeat would be something of an understatement. After all, the 4.4-litre V8 uses innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology - consisting of cross-bank exhaust manifolds, a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection and VALVETRONIC - to push torque and output to higher levels still. This unrivalled combination ensures that a strong wave of torque is maintained from low revs and allows the engine to impress wîth its direct and rapid responses, vivacious appetite for revs, linear power delivery and customary M soundtrack.Maximum performance meets outstanding efficiency
The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine powering the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is, at 423 kW/575 hp, four per cent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. At the same time, the engine's peak torque has been boosted by around 10 per cent to 750 Nm (553 lb-ft), which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band - from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.2 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The outstanding efficiency of the new M TwinPower Turbo engine is illustrated by its fuel consumption and emissions in the EÚ cycle: 11.1 litres per 100 km (25.5 mpg imp) and 258 g/km CO2 represent an improvement of more than 20 per cent over their predecessors. All of which means that the range of the two cars on a single, identically sized tank of fuel has increased by 26 per cent to 765 kilometres (475 miles) in each case.Optimised responses
The turbocharged V8 engine fitted in the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M impresses most profoundly wîth its lightning-fast responsiveness. The key factors here are the engine's High Precision Direct Petrol Injection (200 bar), state-of-the-art VALVETRONIC system and cross-bank exhaust manifolds, which send two converged exhaust gas streams to drive the two TwinScroll turbochargers through four separate exhaust ducts.
The new engine features a closed-deck crankcase wîth an extremely rigid construction. This enables higher cylinder pressures to be achieved, paving the way for improved power output. A forged, torsionally stiff crankshaft is used to transfer the impressive torque, its low weight contributing to a significant reduction in rotating masses and thus a further sharpening of the engine's responses.From race track to road
In the development of every model at BMW M GmbH, a familiar maxim applies: it must be 'fit for the Nordschleife'. The aim in the development of BMW M cars is to master the world's most challenging race track at race speed without a hitch. The extreme lateral and longitudinal acceleration generated when lapping the Ring places huge demands on the engine's oil supply. But sophisticated oil sump and suction snorkel geometry allows the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M to hit up to 1.2 g without creating a problem.
The cooling systems for the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are similarly track-ready, as highlighted the first time you set eyes on the cars by the large air intakes in the front end. A combination of low-temperature and hightemperature radiators ensures that the optimum temperature is maintained for cooling the engine water, charge air, engine oil and transmission oil - even when venturing into high-performance territory.
The exhaust system has been modified to satisfy the sporting ambitions of the new M models. A distinctively familiar BMW M engine note resonates out across the whole rev range via electrically controlled flaps, which open or close according to demand, and sounds even sportier and emotionally richer than that of its predecessor. Selecting one of the preconfigured driving modes, moreover, engages a finely balanced set-up that also provides acoustic feedback on the engine load at any one time.The chassis
The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M once again set the pace in the highperformance Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupe §egmènts thanks to extensive chassis upgrades. These combine to provide outstanding dynamics together wîth unbeatable directional stability and excellent traction, along wîth the type of neutral self-§teering typical of M cars, in particular when accelerating out of corners and toying wîth the dynamic limits.
To this end, the double-wishbone front suspension features revised kinematics. A modified upper wishbone (increase in camber, optimised camber progression and §teering pivot axis) allows a further increase in cornering force potential and agility. At the same time, M-specific elastokinematics wîth more rigid bearings improve wheel guidance and therefore directional stability - both at the front axle and the Integral-IV rear axle (a spatial suspension system wîth anti-squat and anti-dive). Firmer suspension spring tuning and a 10-millimetre drop in ride height team up wîth the Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation system to bring about an effective reduction in body roll and movement. In addition, the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M come as standard wîth air suspension wîth self-levelling at the rear axle. Plus, Dynamic Damper Control wîth electronically adjustable dampers - the driver can select from three modes (COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+) at the touch of a button - ensures the perfect balance between dynamic flair and ride comfort.Mixed tyres for optimised handling
Another central element in the driving characteristics of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are the special tyres, whose development closely followed that of the axle construction. In the high-performance §egmènt, tyre choice for the front axle focuses - alongside lateral stability and brake forces - primarily on §teering precision and feel. By contrast, the engineers' attention in the development of the rear tyres centred on traction, lateral stability and directional stability. In order to meet these part-contradictory, partcomplementary demands, the BMW M GmbH engineers have developed two sets of mixed tyres for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. The interconnected development of tyres, §teering and axles endows the new cars wîth assured handling properties and good rolling comfort. Both models are fitted as standard wîth low-weight 20-inch light-alloy wheels (front: 10 J x 20, rear: 11.5 J x 20) wîth Pirelli P Zero tyres (front: 285/40 R20 Y, rear: 325/35 R20 Y), while low-weight 21-inch forged wheels (front: 10 J x 21, rear: 11.5 J x 21) wîth Michelin Pilot Super Sport ÚHP tyres (front: 285/35 R21 Y, rear: 325/30 R21 Y) can be ordered as an option.M Servotronic §teering wîth individual adjustment
One of the most important interfaces between driver and vehicle is the §teering. Here, BMW M GmbH's high-performance models have set the benchmark from day one when it comes to providing a direct §teering feel, precise feedback on the driving conditions and a finely-tuned balance when exploring the dynamic limits. Continuing this tradition, the M Servotronic §teering in the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M - wîth its M-specific gear ratios and intelligently composed overall set-up - likewise scales these lofty heights. This rack-and-pinion system wîth electric power assistance uses no energy when the car is travelling straight ahead, and so saves 0.3 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres (62 miles) compared to hydraulic systems. The Servotronic function familiar from hydraulic systems, which controls the degree of §teering assistance according to the car's speed, is another integral element. Furthermore, drivers can choose from three §teering settings (COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT+) - at the touch of a button in the centre console or by storing their preferred settings in the M Drive buttons - to adjust the §teering characteristics to personal tastes or the situation at hand.High-performance brakes borrowed from motor sport
The remarkable dynamic potential of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is backed up by the standard high-performance compound brakes wîth large six-piston fixed callipers at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear. Excellent stopping power, precise feel, low weight and increased resistance to heat are their headline features. The brake discs in compound systems - which were originally developed for racing - are made up of different parts and materials. The surface of the brake linings is 50 per cent larger compared wîth those on the predecessor models. At the same time weight is down by 1.6 kilograms, helping to reduce unsprung and rotating masses. This also feeds into improvements in the acceleration, responsiveness and handling of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. And the compound brakes waste no time in signalling their performance capability visually as well. All the brake discs are perforated and inner-vented, and the brake callipers are painted in Dark Blue metallic, in typical M fashion, and marked at the front wheels wîth the M logo.The design
The outstanding driving dynamics of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M also come to the fore through their M design signatures. The close ties between the two models - they have identical performance and equally strong dynamic potential - are reflected particularly clearly in the shared design of the front end wîth its large air intakes. However, the individual characters of the two high-performance sports models are still very distinct, as is clear the first time they come into view. The proportions of the BMW X5 M provide an instant showcase of its muscular power and exclusivity, not to mention its impressive versatility. The flowing lines of the BMW X6 M, meanwhile, accentuate the prominent dynamics and sporting athleticism of the BMW Sports Activity Coupe.
The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M have been designed for use on the road. Both of these elite sports machines combine the raised seating position of an all-wheel-drive BMW X model wîth the outstanding overall concept balance of a BMW M car. In order to visually reinforce the further improved on-road attributes of the new M models, the whole body is painted the same colour. In combination wîth a 10-millimetre reduction in ride height and the wider track created by the use of mixed-size tyres, the cars have a lower, more powerful stance, cut an even more dynamic figure even when stationary, and as a result enjoy a far superior status to their BMW X5/BMW X6 siblings.Visually striking front end wîth a functional task
The shared front-end design of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is likewise a clear departure from that of the respective standard models and follows the classic 'form follows function' maxim. The large air intakes and voluminous 'kidneys' of the radiator grille, wîth their customary M double-bar look, are a response to the high cooling air requirements of the powerful engine, transmission and high-performance front brakes. Despite the large amount of cooling and more stringent pedestrian protection requirements, the designers have managed to integrate foglamps into the front end of the cars. Both new M models borrow their headlights from the BMW X6, complete wîth washer system. Elsewhere, the special flaps low down in the outer air intakes - adapted from those on racing cars - reduce lift and emphasise the optimised aerodynamics of the two new models.
Same genes, distinctive looks
The differences in the character of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are particularly evident when the two models are viewed from the side. The BMW X5 M reinforces its presence and functionality wîth its upright stature, long roofline and large window surfaces. By contrast, the BMW X6 M displays the unmistakable, dynamic lines of a BMW Sports Activity Coupe through its gently curved glasshouse, sloping roofline and pronounced wedge shape. M-specific features of both models include the familiar twin-stalk exterior mirrors wîth integral side indicators and optional display for the lane change assistant. Another signature element of models from BMW M GmbH are the gills in the front side panels featuring chrome trim that includes a model badge and Air Breather.Powerful rear end wîth racing accents
The rear ends of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M also differ significantly from their standard siblings, exuding a more exclusive aura and majoring on bold, sporty accents. This approach is underlined in particular by the wide rear tyres (which are a different size from the fronts), the distinctive M rear aprons painted in body colour and the hallmark M four-tailpipe exhaust. The diffuser element (likewise in body colour) adapted from racing cars helps to ensure aerodynamically optimised airflow at the lower edge of the rear bumper moulding, allowing the new M models to highlight once again the impressive functionality of their design features. A rear spoiler painted in body colour on the BMW X6 M reduces rear-axle lift.Sporting ambience and flawless ergonomics
As wîth all cars from the BMW brand, the design of the interior prioritises intuitive, quick and error-free usability. And M GmbH also makes its own distinctive mark here. For example, the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M come wîth a newly developed, ergonomically optimised M leather §teering wheel wîth gearshift paddles, while the M gearshift lever has an equally distinctive design. The instrument cluster, M Drive menu in the information display, displays in the optional Head-Úp Display and special multifunction switch wîth M Drive buttons on the §teering wheel also fit the M template.
The sporting ambience on board the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is accentuated particularly strongly by the exclusive, electrically operated M sports seats for the driver and front passenger - in fine-grain Merino leather wîth contrast stitching and embossed M logo in the backrests - and by the leather-covered BMW Individual instrument panel. Door sill strips wîth model lettering, aluminium interior trim strips and the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual roof liner lend the interior an additional touch of exclusivity. Customers can take the interior of their cars to an even more exalted level by specifying the optional full leather trim including a roof liner in Alcantara and fully electric M multifunction seats in Merino leather.The equipment
The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M come wîth an extensive range of exclusive equipment from the factory which illustrates their character as highperformance sports machines that can be used every day. Customers can also dip into a large selection of optional equipment wîth which to make their car even sportier, for example, or to satisfy the most exacting requirements in terms of comfort. And the BMW Individual range of exclusive paint finishes, leather appointments and interior trim strips means the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M can be treated to even greater personalisation over and above those possibilities in order to meet customer desires.
Standard-fitted exterior features painted in body colour and fitting the classic M profile are a key factor in the striking appearance of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. These include a front apron wîth large air intakes, a double-bar kidney grille, familiar M twin-stalk exterior mirrors, side gills wîth the M logo and Air Breathers, a rear apron wîth integrated diffuser and a fourtailpipe exhaust system in chrome. Both models are fitted as standard wîth polished 20-inch BMW M light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey and wîth mixed tyres. Likewise polished, forged 21-inch BMW M light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey and wîth mixed tyres are available as an option.High-quality interior wîth an exclusive allure
Exclusivity and impressive functionality are also defining features of the interior of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. As well as the new M leather §teering wheel wîth integrated aluminium gearshift paddles and M sports seats in Merino leather for the driver and front passenger (with electric adjustment and memory function), the M-specific standard equipment of both models also includes a leather-covered BMW Individual instrument panel, the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual roof liner, aluminium interior trim strips, door sill finishers wîth model lettering, knee pads on the centre console and an M footrest for the driver.
Likewise included in standard specification for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M are an alarm system, automatic tailgate operation, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, a headlight washer system, automatic climate control, a hi-fi speaker system and Park Distance Control, which can be ordered as an option wîth a rear-view camera - wîth or without the Surround View function. Adaptive LED Headlights wîth BMW Selective Beam, an anti-dazzle high-beam function and the active cornering function are also part of the standard equipment for the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. These items are in addition to the driver assistance systems familiar from the regular BMW X5 and BMW X6 and the mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive. Among the highlights here is the new-generation Navigation system Professional, which boasts even greater capability and sharper graphics and incorporates 3D elements into its map display.
In keeping wîth their high-performance pretensions, the two new M models also come as standard wîth an M-specific instrument cluster - complete wîth displays showing the gear selected, system status (engine dynamics, Dynamic Damper Control, M Servotronic), M Drive mode and a compass, the M Drive menu in the information display and M-specific buttons on the M leather §teering wheel. Over and above the information projected by the standard system, the optional Head-Úp Display for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M also features a special M display including a digital speed display, gear display, rev band and Shift Lights.Accurate analysis of driving style wîth the M Laptimer app
BMW M GmbH has developed the BMW M Laptimer app for smartphones so customers can access extensive analysis of their personal driving style on the track. With the smartphone linked up to the car, the BMW M Laptimer app can be operated using the iDrive Controller. The app records the car's speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, the gear currently engaged, §teering angle and accelerator position. This data can subsequently be used to precisely analyse the driver's actions and reactions at the various points around the track via graphic displays on the customer's smartphone. Another feature allows two recordings on the same track to be compared corner-bycorner. The readings used here can be either the driver's own or data shared by other drivers via email.More sport, more comfort
The list of exclusive M options includes a fully electric M multifunction seat in Merino leather. This seat variant stands out wîth its integral head restraint and specially formed bolsters around the seat cushion and shoulders to further improve lateral support. Active seat ventilation is available for the M multifunction seat as an option.
The new M models can be treated to yet a further upgrade in the form of Merino full-leather appointments, carbon-fibre interior trim strips and two new and exclusive M paint finishes (Long Beach Blue metallic and Donington Grey metallic).
The high-performance character of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M is further emphasised by the standard Launch Control feature adapted from its application in racing cars.
BMW Individual offers customers buying a new BMW X5 M or new BMW X6 M the chance to personalise and customise their car well beyond the means provided by standard specification and the options list. The BMW Individual range comprises two areas. The BMW Individual Collection brings together items of equipment selected to suit the individual model series perfectly, including exclusive paint finishes, high-quality leather appointments and interior trim strips. Also available are an Alcantara roof liner and technical features such as a cool box and additional reading lights.
The BMW Individual Manufactory, meanwhile, brings particularly extravagant customer requests to life. Whether it's lavish paint finishes, unusual materials or unconventional ideas for special details, the BMW Individual Manufactory experts use their wealth of experience and meticulous workmanship to turn a customer's image of their personality into tangible form, provided it fits within the boundaries of safety requirements, the character of the brand and legal stipulations.Powerful accents, executed to perfection
The BMW Individual Collection specially developed for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M includes the BMW Individual Azurite Black metallic and BMW Individual Pyrite Brown metallic paint finishes, which stand out wîth their extraordinary radiance. Their special pigmentation also allows the paint colour to alter depending on the incidence of light and lends the surfaces exceptional depth - all of which shines an even brighter spotlight on the elaborately composed use of forms of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M.
BMW Individual uses BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather - the most exclusive leather available for a BMW - for the interior of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. This special leather possesses a unique look and feel, is breathable and durable, yet also softer and more supple than other leather used in cars. The result is unbeatable seat comfort. The exquisite quality of the BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather is further underlined by sophisticated seam patterning, special piping and eye-catching contrast stitching. The BMW Individual Collection offers a selection of five extended leather appointments in specially developed tones for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M: Amaro Brown, Nutmeg, Criollo Brown, Smoke White and Taupe. This option can be rounded off by a leather-covered BMW Individual instrument panel.
Exclusive highlights for the interior also come in the form of BMW Individual interior trim strips using select fine woods or featuring lavish paint finishes. BMW Individual has created three different interior trim strips for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M: Piano Finish Black, Sen Light Brown fine wood and Ash Volcano Brown fine wood.
Other options from the BMW Individual Collection for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M include the BMW Individual roof liner in Alcantara, which creates a superior ambience wîth its wonderfully soft surfacing. The BMW Individual roof liner is available in Alcantara Smoke White, Alcantara Scotch dark and Alcantara Anthracite.
Customers can delve into everything BMW Individual has to offer at a BMW dealership. Or they can browse the BMW Individual Collection via the BMW Individual iPad app or in the sales literature, and configure their car to their own personal tastes from the comfort of their home.Source - BMW
A mid-size crossover SUV unveiled in 1999, the BMW X5 was BMW's first SUV also known as 'Four-by-Four' in the UK. All BMW X5's are manufactured in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The X5 comes with all-wheel drive and is available with either manual or automatic transmission along with a range of gasoline inline-6s, V8s and diesel engines are available. Rather than being a SUV, BMW describes the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) to shift emphasis on its on-road capability despite its size. The BMW X5 brought about the shift from truck-based body-on-frame SUVs to sedan-based crossovers that would have occurred in the late 2000s. The X5 was powered by the V8 4.4i with a manually shiftable five-speed automatic transmission.
In the late 1990s, Chris Bangle came up with the first sketches at the BMW DesignworksUSA studio in California, and in many ways, the current X5 still closely resembles these initial sketches. Rover's takeover ended up being helpful for BMW in the area of development of the X5. The engineers at BMW were able to review and use Range Rover technology and parts in their design of the X5, including hill-descent control. The design of the X5 was heavily influenced by its British counterpart, included the two-piece tailgate taken directly from the Range Rover. Numerous parts and electronics were also taken directly from the E39 5 Series parts bit to save on costs.
The X5 was designed as a sporting road car, in contrast to the Range Rover models, unfortunately the X5's off-road capabilities were significantly less than those of Land Rover. BMW made it well known that the X5 was referred to as an SAV rather than a SUV. Though the X5 was an all-wheel drive vehicle, BMW chose from the start to route 62% of the engine's torque to the rear wheels, working hard to make it feel as similar as possible to the company's rear-wheel drive sedans.
BMW launched a smaller version, the X3 in 2003, which used the ‘X' prefix applied to the BMW SAVs which were derivatives of the BMW number-series models.
The first generation of the BMW X5 crossover vehicle was introduced in 1999 and was produced until 2003 and had a wheelbase of 110.0 inches, an overall length of 183.7 inches and a width of 73.7 inches. The X5 was produced until September of 2006 and was replaced by the BMW E70. At the time that the E53 was developed, BMW still owned Land Rover and because it this is shares many of the components and designs with both Land Rover and also the BMW E39 5-series.
For 2001 no changes were made on the BMW X5. For 2002 the high-performance 4.6is model was introduced with a 340-horsepower V8 engine. Against Mercedes-Benz ML 50/ML55 AMG, the X5 was quite a big contender. Along with this were aero body add-ons, and the new model received 20-inch wheels along with a special sportier interior. For this year option packages received some content revisions.
The Premium group now came with rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof for both the 3.0i and 4.4i and automatic climate control for the 3.0i. The 4.4i edition could also be equipped with a new Rear Climate package that included privacy glass and rear window shades. Optional were rear torso side-impact airbags.
For 2004 the X5 didn't change much and a revised model was debuted in 2004. The all new X5 was revamped completely, and a new 6-speed manual transmission option, and a 315 hp V8 compared to the previous year's 290 hp in 2004. The 04 X5 also received new headlights, a few new exterior colors, upgraded engines and a new four-wheel drive system. The grilles were enlarged along with their actually slats being modified in a ‘flame surfaced' style. The X5's headlights received ‘angel-eyes' which were rings or halos around all front headlamps.
The 2004 taillights also received a similar facelift to the BMW E39 and the exterior glass was transformed from a ‘dotted' pattern to a cleaner ‘line' pattern. Called xDrive, BMW invented a new four-wheel drive system that was shared both in the X5 and X3 in 2005. Rather than using the earlier X5 system which had consisted or power being split 62-38 (rear wheels – front wheels) and DSC to brake wheels losing traction, the xDrive could vary power to the front or rear axles in milliseconds which transferred up to 100% of engine power to either axle, therefore allowing the vehicles to regain traction quickly.
Additional extras were added to the 2004 X5 were soft-boot close feature which allowed the top part of the trunk to pull itself closed, Trailer Stability program which made it an ideal tow vehicles and adaptive headlights. At the end of 2003 it was originally announced along with the rest of the X5 facelift, the X5 4.8is first started shipping in April 2004. Replacing the 4.6 L engine was a new larger 4.8 L engine that was also later used in the 2005 750i/Li. It also included a slightly modified bodykit, 20' wheels and along with the 4.6is were the only X5's ever to feature large chrome-tipped exhaust which hid the quad pipes.
For the 2005 version a few optional versions became standard on BMW's American-built SUV. The 4.4i offered newly standard front and rear obstacle detection which was optional on 3.0i. Now steering linked were Xenon headlights which were standard on V8s and optional on the 3.0i. Along with the rest of the BMW lineup (apart from the E65 7 series) the 2005 X5 received Bluetooth kits straight from the factory if ordered with the Premium Package.
For the 2006 BMW X5 no significant changes were made. The X5 wasn't fitted with the new BMW R6 engine which upped power for both the 2.5i and 3.0i I6 versions of the 2006 X3 and Z4 significantly. Some rumors implied that BMW held back deploying the engine in the 2006 X5 so they didn't waste development costs in retooling the assembly line so they could make way for a more dramatic unveiling of the new 2007 BMW X5. This year was also the end of the E53 X5 as well.
The second generation of the BMW X5, the E70 was introduced in 2008 and had a wheelbase of 115.5 inches, a length of 191.3 inches, a wheelbase of 115.5 inches and a width of 76.1 inches. The E70 is the current X5 SAV which replaced the BMW E53 in November of 2006. The E70 platform replaced the BMW E53 as the X5's underpinnings. A ton of new technological advancements were introduced on the E70-based X5 SAV including BMW's iDrive system as standard equipment, and the first for a BMW, an optional third row seat.
This current generation incorporates safety innovations for the crossover segment like a unique rear framing section that protected 3rd row occupants from injury due to an impact. From late 2008 until the new BMW branding scheme, the X5 3.0sd is now called the X5 XDrive 35D and the 4.8 i is called the X5 XDrive 48I.
During the spring of 2000, a lower-priced six-cylinder 3.0i edition was introduced with a standard five-speed manual transmission and optional four-speed automatic. Both of these models were produced in South Carolina on an exclusive uni-bodied platform. BMW X5's came with a standard permanently engaged four-wheel drive, traction control, all-disc antilock braking, an antiskid system and a tailgate with separate lift glass.
Not intended for severe off road use the X5's four-wheel drive system lacked low-range gearing. Instead, the XM automatically brakes individual wheels to limit slippage in low-grip conditions. The speed was limited to 6 mph down steep slopes down a standard hill descent control.
The standard equipment included power tilt/telescopic steering wheels, 70/30 split folding rear seats and front side-impact airbags which were head-protecting tubular airbags that deployed from above front door windows in a side impact.
Optional on the X5 were rear lower-body side airbags. A load-leveling suspension was included on the 4.4i and optional for the 3.0i, along with 18 inch wheels and tires, wood interior trim and leather upholstery. A Sport Package was available and included black exterior trim, a sport suspension and the 4.4i received 19-inch tires. Available with either model was an optional navigation system with dashboard-mounted video screen. The biggest competitor for the X5 was the Lexus RX 300, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Acura MDX.
BMW produced a one-off version of the X5 that was dubbed the X5 LM and equipped it with the M70 S70B56 V12 engine from the Le Mans winning BMW V12 LRM. In 2000 it was driven by Hans Joachim Stuck to receive a lap record at the Nürburgring.By Jessica Donaldson