The all-new, second-generation BMW X5 M and X6 M have arrived, both packing a 4.4L V8 engine that cranks out 567 horsepower.
The monstrous V8 features two turbochargers and produces 553 lb-ft. (750Nm) of torque, in addition to the 567 horses. That’s three percent more horsepower and 10 percent more torque than the outgoing engine, allowing the two performance-tuned German SUVs to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). An eight-speed M Steptronic transmission divides the power between all four wheels.
BMW claims the X6 M is the fastest production SUV on the market. With a reported lap of 8 minutes and five seconds around the infamous Nürburgring, it is just as fast as the E92 M3 Coupe.
A sports-tuned suspension with BMW’s Dynamic Damper Control allows the driver to choose between three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport+), while six-piston calipers at the front and single-pot clamps at the back provide all the stopping power needed.
Compared to the regular X5 and X6, the new X5 M and X6 M let their presence be known with an aggressive body kit complete with larger air intakes, side gills with M badging, quad-exhaust outlets, and unique 21-inch wheels, among other unique highlights. You can have any body color you want as long as it is Long Beach Blue Metallic or Donington Grey Metallic.
The bold sporty theme carries over inside where one finds an M instrument cluster, M leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum gearshift paddles, M gearshift lever, and a head-up display (HUD). The driver and front passenger sit in multi-function M sport seats.
The new BMW X5 M and X6 M were unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2015 X5 M has a starting price of $99,650 in the U.S. (including a destination fee of $950), while the X6 M kicks things off at $103,050.
Which of the two performance-tuned German SUVs would you take home?