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BMW unveil new X5 and X6 M


We’ve always thought the BMW X6 and X5 M cars were ludicrous things; they seemingly defied physics with their unbelievable performance in relation to their weight and height, but at the same time, made very little sense.

Under the hood

This hasn’t stopped BMW from producing another turbocharged four-wheel-drive M car that goes against the M division’s tradition. For starters, power is up in the 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine, which now has a massive 423kW/750Nm.


The performance figures are impressive with 0-100km/h figures in 4.2 seconds, which is made achievable in conjunction with the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Fuel consumption is better too at 11.1 litres/100km as are CO2 emissions which are pegged at 258g/km.


From the outside the M models can be spotted by virtue of the lower stance, large air intakes at the front end, side gills with a model badge, M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, four tailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler while M-specific 20-inch light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres or forged 21-inch M light-alloy wheels as an option. 

What’s inside?

Here you’ll find an M instrument cluster, M leather steering wheel with aluminium gearshift paddles and M gearshift lever, electrically operated M sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M driver's footrest as well as an M-specific display with gear indicator, rev band and shift lights.

All-wheel-drive safety

Both models make use of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive and dynamic performance control. The xDrive system employs an electronically controlled multiplate clutch to allow fully variable distribution of drive between the front and rear axles - from 100 percent at the rear to up to 100 percent at the front.

Can I drift it?

Well, probably. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) functions have been optimised over previous versions .The DSC has three modes: DSC on, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), DSC off. While DSC will be a serious nanny, MDM allows greater wheel slip. Deactivating DSC gives the driver the chance to fully explore the car's dynamic limits on the track and nudge the car into a power drift.

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