We’ve heard that BMW will introduce its all-new 2015 X5 M (F85) next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but nothing is official as of today. Still, we’ve managed to find out more about this upcoming model. According to company insiders, the 2015 BMW X5 (F85) will be available with a new colour called Long Beach Blue, the same colour of the X4 Concept unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.
And the new X5 M will not be the only high-performance M model to get this new colour as the upcoming M2 and X6 M (F86) will also receive it.
As expected, the BMW X5 (F85) will also arrive with a new design featuring new M components such as a front bumper with big air intakes, redesigned side skirts as well as a brand new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and quad exhaust pipes.
Under the hood, we expect to see the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine (S63TU) delivering around 560 hp.
The current BMW X5 M model is powered by the same 4.4-liter V8 engine, which delivers 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque from 1,500 to 5,650 rpm. With these numbers, the vehicle accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.
The design, led by functionality, of the all-new BMW X5 M and X6 M is instantly apparent with sporty, energetic looks revealing their supercharged credentials before they even start up. The four generous air inlets and slats at the front, and the rear diffuser, are even more than only style for the sake of style. Rather, they exist as a vital component of the engineering team’s vision to maximise streamlining and ensure effective cooling.
Due to an intelligent aerodynamics idea, the flow of air is controlled so effectively around the vehicle that any drag is minimal and there is a reduction in lift as well. The powertrain, engine, and brakes are all held at a sufficiently cooler temperature, even if used under excessive loads on the racetrack. Components that appear to be purely for accenting design upon first catching the gaze are, actually, engaged in completing practical tasks. For instance, the M-specific Air Breathers in the back of the front wheels lessen turbulence that may occur in the arches of the front wheels.
Maximum temperature control. The high-performing engine under the all-new BMW X5 M and X6 M’s bonnet needs a supercharged cooling system to ensure the best functioning temperature in every condition: normal driving every day, stop and start traffic, and extreme race track action. An extremely effective, newly conceived mix of low- and high-temperature radiators, that also controls cooling the turbochargers, charge air, and transmission oil, keeps an optimal temperature, even while every component works at full throttle.
Eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. The all-new BMW X5 M and X6 M transmit their engines’ power to the wheels through the newly improved 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, which echoes the operation concept of the M Double Clutch Transmission employed by other M vehicles.