See the pictures - performance X5 M gets its show debut in China
21 April 2009

This is the 171mph X5 M, seem in the metal for the first time at the Shanghai motor show.

The X5 M is, along with the X6 M, fitted with a new twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, which produces maximum power of 547bhp between 5750rpm and 6000rpm. Peak torque of 501lb ft is maintained between 1500rpm and 5650rpm.

The two turbochargers in the M TwinPower unit are positioned together with the catalytic converters between the two rows of cylinders.

BMW claims that this layout creates better response and a more linear power delivery.

The X5 M cracks 0-62mph in 4.7sec, with a limited top speed of 155mp which increases to 171mph with the optional M driver’s package.

On the outside, the X5 M feature large air intakes in the front bumper, gills on the front wings and quad exhaust pipes at the rear.

Inside, there is an M-branded steering wheel and leather sports seats.

Dynamic Performance Control varies the distribution of power between the two rear wheels and gives better acceleration exiting corners.

As on other M cars, pressing the M Drive button calls up the driver’s preferred power modes and DSC and EDC set-ups.

The M Sports Automatic transmission has six ratios, which can be manually selected by aluminium paddles behind the wheel. Switching to M mode activates launch control.

BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology features brake energy regeneration and an air-con system that can detach itself from the belt drive.

Prices will be confirmed closer to the car's arrival in UK dealers in October.

Shanghai motor show

Audi Q7: chunkier - and greener, Bertone's Corvette ZR1 concept, New V12 for BMW 760Li, BMW X5 M shown in China, Brilliance goes electric, Buick eyeing Chinese market, BYD's E6 battery crossover, Chang'an E301 concept, Chinese to eclipse US car sales, Geely's new model blitz, Geely's Rolls-Royce clone, Great Wall's striking new 4x4, Official photo: New Jaguar XJ, MG6 to go on sale in the UK, Peugeot's three-wheel concept, Porsche Panamera, Roewe N1 will be sold in Europe, New small Rolls is called 'Ghost', Chinese VW Passat launched

Our Verdict


The big BMW X5 SUV may be getting a little long in the tooth, but it’s still one of the best all-rounders in its class

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