SUVs in all shapes and guises are continuing to hold on to their popularity, and now there are two more. The 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M build upon their reputation for fantastic dynamics with healthy power and equipment upgrades.
BMW has also revealed hardcore “Competition” trims of both the high-riding cars for a total of four new M models. The sporty X5 and X6 trims join the previously revealed X3 M and X4 M in BMW’s lineup.
Following the ‘M’ treatment, both SUVs now surpass the X5 M50i in terms of performance and capability. The X5 M and X6 M generate 600hp and 750Nm. In Competition guise, power of both the cars is upped to 617hp while torque output remains unchanged. Under the X5 M and X6 M’s hoods, a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 takes care of power and torque generation. The same engine powers the new M8 and the legendary M5.
BMW has built the X5 M and X6 M to hold their own against sports sedans and coupes at racetracks.
While the X5 M50i manages the 0-100kph sprint in 4.1 seconds, its M derivative as well as the X6 M do the same in 3.8 seconds. Competition trims of both models are a tenth of a second faster to the ton, topping out at 250kph. An optional M Drivers’ Package raises the limit to 285kph.
A ZF 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels using the M xDrive AWD system. BMW claims that torque is only transferred to the front wheels when additional traction is required. However, it is unclear whether the xDrive in these SUVs allows for a rear-drive-only mode available in the M5.
Despite the tall, heavy nature of the X5 M and X6 M, BMW says that agility is the cornerstone of these SUVs’ wide-ranging capabilities. In order to achieve the said attributes, extra chassis bracing, tuned suspension components, stiffer mounting points, and increased front camber have been added to the M SUVs. Both of them also get adaptive suspension with BMW’s Active Roll Bar Stabilization as standard fitment.
Pictured here is the BMW X5 M's interior, done up tastefully with equal parts luxury and sportiness.
A new brake-by-wire feature also makes its way on the new cars, allowing drivers to adjust pedal feel via different drive modes. Inside, BMW has given the SUVs luxurious interior that still makes the cars’ focus clear: to blaze new records at each racetrack they are faced with. To that end, carbon fibre trim is aplenty in the cabin.
The German carmaker has also given substantial distinction to the M models over their standard counterparts, such as quad tailpipes, new aero kit, and more black exterior trim. The 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M are expected to go on sale in the UAE sometime next year.