Pricing for the latest X5 M and X6 M SUVs has been made available by BMW which will begin at $85,400 for the X5 M and $88,900 for the X6 M when they hit US markets later this year. Beginning May 2009 full pricing and options, together with pre-order sales, will be offered.
It is confirmed by the carmaker that it has equipped its SUVs with 20 inch wheels, sports seats, red needle gauges, and Merino leather trim, in its move to draw customers away from the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and Porsche Cayenne and others.
Power under the hood for the two models is a recently developed 4.4-liter V8 M powerplant that produces 555hp (412kW) which is reached at 6,000rpm and top torque of 500lb-ft (677Nm) is hit at a low 1,500 to 5,650rpm providing a sprint rate of 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.
Other features that come with the models include a reworked chassis that is equipped with a new M-specific adjustable suspension, an enhanced intelligent xDrive AWD system, and just developed Servotronic power steering.
Both models are also coming with six-speed automatic transmission equipped with an electronic selector located on the central console equipped with gear selection control which includes Drive, Sport and M Manual driving modes.
The intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology from BMW has been a success. The reason for this is that this system was developed to improve both the road driving dynamics and grip on rough terrain. The variable power distribution to the front axle and the rear one is controlled electronically and thus even the smallest possibility of understeering or oversteering is avoided.
This happens even before the Dynamic Stability Control kicks into place. The Dynamic Performance Control meanwhile improves driving stability even in the most difficult of situations. The DPC was first featured in the BMW X6 but is now with the X5 M and the X6 M.
Since the variable distribution of its drive power to the rear wheels help with the tracking stability and steering precision, the DSC is now needed only to stabilize when under high lateral acceleration. The over-all result is that it not only gives the driver unequalled standards when it comes to agility, traction, and dynamic performance, but it also redefines all of the benchmarks as it relates to drivetrain technology and even suspension technology.
The capability of these systems are already part of the X5 M and the X6 M. However it will also have the special features of the BMW M wherein the driver can trigger the M Dynamic Mode with just the push of the DSC button located on the center console. Under the MDM, the DSC control threshold for the brake intervention is increased while the engine power is lowered.
This results in a steering performance BMW M is known for. What is does is shift the xDrive control features and make it focus on the rear wheels while still facilitating an interaction with the DPC. Thus even when running on a winding road or a bend, the MDM makes it possible to achieve maximum speed since the system will only cut in a bit later.
Even when the car is carrying maximum load and on the tip of a bend, the driver can still get precision steering and optimum performance and thus it can drive at high speeds away from the bend. In the same manner that it is activated, all it needs is just the press of a button to activate the DCS-Off Mode.