BMW reveals the third-generation X5 M and X6 M ahead of their LA motor show debut, with the UK to receive only the Competition models
1 October 2019

BMW M has revealed the third generation of its performance SUV flagships, the X5 M and coupé-styled X6 M, with both available in Competition form for the first time. 

Detailed ahead of their public debut at November's LA motor show, both are set for a market launch commencing in April next year. A spokesperson has confirmed that the UK will only be able to order the Competition variants, priced from £110,610 for the X5 M and £113,310 for the X6 M.  

They will rival the Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne Coupé in Turbo forms, and are both powered by BMW M's now familiar twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. The standard X5 M and X6 M put out 592bhp, which is 25bhp more than both outgoing models. However, in keeping with the tradition set first by the latest M5, the Competition models boost this output to 616bhp. Torque is pegged at 553lb ft in all variants.  

The motor in both is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive and an Active M differential, said to help deliver the power through the wheels over any terrain. BMW claims super-stiff engine mountings boost response and refinement, while the engine oil supply system has been designed to cope with extensive track use. 

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The result is a 0-62mph time quoted at 3.9sec for both cars, and a 0-124mph time of 13.7sec for the X5 M and 13.5sec for the X6 M. The Competition models drop the 0-62mph sprint down to 3.8sec, while the 0-124mph sprint is 13.4sec for the X5 M and 13.2sec for the X6 M. 

All models hit the same 155mph limiter unless you spec the optional M Driver's Package, which raises the top speed to 180mph. Conversely, BMW quotes between 21.7mpg and 22.6mpg, depending on model and spec, with CO2 figures ranging from 284-296g/km. 

Competition models also feature the M Sport exhaust upgrade as standard (it's optional on the regular cars), which is said to offer even greater aural thrills than the base M models' already uprated exhaust system. 

This being a full-fat M model, there's also substantial chassis upgrades. Alongside the Active M differential, the xDrive all-wheel drive gives a rear-biased power delivery, with even more power shifted to the rear in the 4WD Sport drive mode. Standard-fit adaptive suspension with electronic dampers and an active roll stabilisation system are drafted in, as is Servotronic steering with a specific M tuning. The X5 M and X6 M's braking system also offers two settings for pedal feel. 

Both the X5 M and X6 M benefit from the usual array of M-specific design details, including larger air intakes, 'gills' on the front wing, drag-reducing exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler and a diffuser element surrounding the four-exit tailpipes. Competition models add specific M light alloy wheels (21in front, 22in rear) and unique badging.

The interior features a host of new menu functions to allow extensive configuration of the drive modes. Specific set-ups can be saved and accessed via M buttons on the wheel, while M-specific instrument readouts and M performance seats complete the roster of changes. Competition cars get unique leather upholstery, too.

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2 October 2019
Exactly what competition? Stupidest cars?

2 October 2019

Curious the engines boast an impressive 616 bhp.  Because 616 is, in fact, the number of pounds the X5 will loose every week for the first 6 months of its life.

Ouch.  BUT, and it is a very important 'BUT'...

That will make a brilliant second hand buy. 

My advice: Be intelligent and wait a year.  Save a fortune and get yourself a superb car. 

2 October 2019
Kamelo wrote:

Curious the engines boast an impressive 616 bhp.  Because 616 is, in fact, the number of pounds the X5 will loose every week for the first 6 months of its life.

Ouch.  BUT, and it is a very important 'BUT'...

That will make a brilliant second hand buy. 

My advice: Be intelligent and wait a year.  Save a fortune and get yourself a superb car. 

. But, there are People there with serious amounts of disposable income whom, if they so chose could change there Car every month, £616.00 is a lot to us but every day money for them, I'm not envious, I'm just saying BMW like most car makers know their client base.....

2 October 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Kamelo wrote:

Curious the engines boast an impressive 616 bhp.  Because 616 is, in fact, the number of pounds the X5 will loose every week for the first 6 months of its life.

Ouch.  BUT, and it is a very important 'BUT'...

That will make a brilliant second hand buy. 

My advice: Be intelligent and wait a year.  Save a fortune and get yourself a superb car. 

. But, there are People there with serious amounts of disposable income whom, if they so chose could change there Car every month, £616.00 is a lot to us but every day money for them, I'm not envious, I'm just saying BMW like most car makers know their client base.....

You miss my point Peter - I was perhaps being a little tongue in cheek.  In fact, BMW offer huge deposit contributions for these cars - so their client base are not, in fact, cash rich customers, but monthly payment leasers.  You see, the client base for the year old cars will, potentially, be more affluent than those who lease car with huge deposit contributions over 3 years.So, be smart and do as I suggested - wait a year and BUY yourself a bargain.  You'll be hard pushed to find a better way to spend £50K on a car.

2 October 2019
Kamelo wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Kamelo wrote:

Curious the engines boast an impressive 616 bhp.  Because 616 is, in fact, the number of pounds the X5 will loose every week for the first 6 months of its life.

Ouch.  BUT, and it is a very important 'BUT'...

That will make a brilliant second hand buy. 

My advice: Be intelligent and wait a year.  Save a fortune and get yourself a superb car. 

. But, there are People there with serious amounts of disposable income whom, if they so chose could change there Car every month, £616.00 is a lot to us but every day money for them, I'm not envious, I'm just saying BMW like most car makers know their client base.....

You miss my point Peter - I was perhaps being a little tongue in cheek.  In fact, BMW offer huge deposit contributions for these cars - so their client base are not, in fact, cash rich customers, but monthly payment leasers.  You see, the client base for the year old cars will, potentially, be more affluent than those who lease car with huge deposit contributions over 3 years.So, be smart and do as I suggested - wait a year and BUY yourself a bargain.  You'll be hard pushed to find a better way to spend £50K on a car.

. Sorry, get your idea now, and sorry again, but, I've been bitten buy the Italian fast car bug!, a few years back I did a track day and did three high speed, big smile on my face Laps in a Lamborghini Huracan, it's a dream, but what a dream!!!!

2 October 2019

So sorry everybody.  616 is, in fact, the number of pound the X5 will loose every 4.5 days for the first year of its life.

So hold on - just a little bit.  You'll thank me come October 2020.

Phew!

 

bol

2 October 2019

Surely can only be smallest dick?

2 October 2019

The time has come to ban the production of passenger cars weighing two metric tonnes or more, then start reducing the weight cap. Huge power I can appreciate but not when it's used to propel small tanks down public roads at high speed with energy levels a threat to everyone else.

2 October 2019
Should be banned!

2 October 2019

...Triceratops

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