BMW unveiled ahead of the 2014 LA Auto Show the all-new 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M super CUVs. According to the manufacturer, the 2015 BMW X5 M will start at $99,650, while the X6 M will cost $103,050, including the $950 destination charge.
As expected, the vehicles are powered by the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 567 hp (previously 555 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm.
Despite the power increase, fuel consumption dropped by 20 percent, just like the CO2 emissions thanks to the standard 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Both models are able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.0 seconds, while top speed is limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.
When it comes to design, both models arrive with large air intakes at the front, side gills with a model badge and Air Breathers, signature M side mirrors in twin-stalk style, the well-known M four-tailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler for the X6 M, while the X5 M features a rear roof spoiler.
Moreover, both models get the standard 21-inch M light-alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. The sporty theme is found also at the interior where we observe the M instrument cluster, M steering wheel wrapped in leather and fitted with aluminum paddle shifters, an M gearshift lever, M driver’s footrest as well as the optional Head-Up Display.
Various options exclusive to M models will be available on the X5 M and X6 M models, such as Merino full-leather trim as well as a choice of two new M paint finishes, the Long Beach Blue Metallic and the Donington Grey Metallic.
Due to the remarkable performances, the X5 M and X6 M arrive with high-performance brakes with large six-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear.
Compared with the predecessor models, the new brakes are 1.6 kg lighter and feature perforated and inner-vented discs, while the brake calipers are painted in Dark Blue metallic.
As we said, both models will be officially introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show and will hit the US showrooms in early 2015.
BMW’s X5 M and X6 M both reveal outstanding dynamics and play a significant role in the brand’s very own xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and Dynamic Performance Control. This xDrive system makes use of multi-plate clutch, which is electronically controlled, in order to ensure fully variable distribution of drive that is present between the front axle and the rear axle.
This can be 100% in the rear and all the way to 100% at the front. The best possible traction is thus guaranteed no matter the road conditions. To allow for better agility, the xDrive typically runs using a rear-biased torque split-in. Meanwhile, the Dynamic Performance Control is the one that manages the continuous distribution of torque that is between the rear wheels on the overrun and under load. This happens regardless of the vehicle’s engine output.
Combined with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, it allows for a whole new range of traction, agility, and dynamic flair. The mix means that the vehicle is able to follow in a more accurate manner the course laid out by the driver regardless of the road surface. This same system also lowers the amount of wheel work needed by the driver. Steering meanwhile responds more directly while needing fewer corrections.
Further, most standard all-wheel-drive vehicles have the natural tendency to understeer and with this system, this is eliminated. Improvement in the traction is remarkably noticeable as well, especially on road surfaces that have different friction levels. This also resulted in enhancing the active safety. In addition, the driver can also see on the display how the Dynamic Performance Control has been operating.
The arrows at all of the four wheels show where the power of the engine is being sent. The BMW X5 M, as well as the BMW X6 M, also have another feature known as Dynamic Stability Control, or DSC. Compared to previous versions of this system, the control functions of the new DSC have been optimized to enhance even more the driving dynamics.
Additional functions included in the DSC help improve active safety like the Brake Drying, Brake Standby, and Fading Compensation. Meanwhile, the parking brake with automatic hold function and the Start-Off Assistant improve comfort.