In the X5 M BMW channels its renowned sports car credentials into a functional SUV, proving that space and comfort can feature alongside motorsport driving dynamics. The model is based on the standard X5 SUV yet stands apart with a host of striking design details that reinforce its athletic and confident nature.
High rear haunches, chunky alloy wheels and an aggressive front face hint at the confident performance that awaits when you hit the road in the X5 M. Gaping intakes cut into the front bumper feed the powerful engine with cold air, while side vents also keep the brakes performing at their best for longer. There are front fog lights for maximum visibility during low light, plus quad exhaust pipes at the rear and subtle M badging for the tailgate, front grille and brake callipers.
In the cabin there's an abundance of room for five to relax and enjoy every journey, no matter the conditions outside. You and your front passenger settle into full leather M logo-embossed seats which support superbly well with high side bolsters. The cockpit's arrangement is angled towards the driver as the gearstick and dynamics button on the centre stack show, and all occupants are placed high above the road with an excellent view of the surroundings. There's no need to pack lightly – the generous boot can hold plenty of luggage even when the rear bench is kept upright.
Technology plays a large role in the success of all BMW vehicles, and for the X5 M the manufacturer has included plenty of in-car kit as standard. At the head of the dashboard is the BMW Professional Multimedia satellite navigation system which incorporates a 10.2-inch widescreen display, radio, DVD drive and 20GB audio file memory storage. You control it via the iDrive Touch Controller using an intuitively-placed dial and touchpad that enables written character entry. The BMW ConnectedDrive is another vital fixture which allows you to remain fully connected to the world beyond the cabin wherever you are. Online services, audio, navigation and telephone functions are all incorporated.
Spearheading your excitement in the X5 M is BMW's superb V8 petrol engine. The unit was tested on the racetrack to extract maximum performance from it, and features twin turbo chargers to propel the car's large frame forward confidently. It produces 575bhp and 750Nm of torque for responsive acceleration whenever you demand it and a 0-60mph time of around 4.2 seconds, which is up there with much smaller sports cars. This power is sent to all four wheels via the xDrive system and a sophisticated eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Rapid change times make sure there's no interruption to acceleration, and in the eighth gear the engine speed is reduced to improve both fuel consumption and noise.
Safety was clearly a consideration during every stage of the new X5 M's development. Its xDrive all-wheel drive system not only enhances your enjoyment at the wheel but helps the SUV pull away with more control on slippery surfaces. It complements the various active technologies which work to prevent accidents from occurring, and there's more in the cockpit to lessen the chance of an incident. The standard-fit head-up display projects important vehicle and journey details directly onto the windscreen in your line of sight to keep your eyes on the road.
The X5 M is on sale today at Williams BMW centres across Northern England, and you can book a test drive with your nearest centre to experience the thrilling SUV first-hand. Contact us today to book your time in the driver's seat.