BMW HAS CONFIRMED that the fire-breathing X5 M will be coming to Australia, despite earlier saying that the car had no future in this country.
The change of heart was prompted by overwhelming interest from buyers keen to get their hands on the twin-turbocharged V8 muscle of the X5 M.
Although the X6 M has been confirmed for Australia for some time, BMW Australia now clearly believes that the potential demand for its hi-po SUVs would not have been sated by the fastbacked X6 M alone.
"Since we announced the X6 M was coming to Australia, dealers have taken numerous orders for the car," said Managing Director of BMW Australia, Stavros Yallouridis.
"Not wishing to be left out of the action, BMW has also received several requests from buyers interested in the X5 M.
"Now that our business case for the X5 M is complete, we are in a position to meet the desires of these customers also."
Deliveries are slated to begin in January 2010, and pricing is expected to be upwards of $180,000. With 408kW and 680Nm emanating from its twin-turbocharged 4.4 litre V8 engine it promises astonishing performance.
The 0-100km sprint is dispatched in a mere 4.7 seconds - not bad for a 2-tonne SUV - while top speed is a heady 250km/h, or an even faster 275km/h with the addition of the optional M Driver's Package.
Import volumes have not been officially confirmed.
At this stage BMW Australia will likely be bringing in around 100 X5 Ms over the first 12 months to complement the 25 or so X6 Ms that will be heading our way in December. Local pricing and Australian specifications of the BMW X5 M will be released closer to the model's launch next year.
Australian buyers who wanted to get behind the wheel of the new X5 M have been granted their wish.
The BMW X5 M is now confirmed for a sales start in Australia.
The newest member of the M family will kick-off BMW?s product offensive next year, with the first customers taking deliver of their vehicle in January.
BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Stavros Yallouridis says buyer interest in the X5 M means the vehicle is now confirmed for local introduction.
?Since we announced the X6 M was coming to Australia, dealers have taken numerous orders for the car. The first owners will take delivery of their prized possession just before Christmas.
?Not wishing to be left out of the action, BMW has also received several requests from buyers interested in the X5 M.
?Now that our business case for the X5 M is complete, we are in a position to meet the desires of these customers also.
?The new hero M models will start from around $180,000,? he said.
Both the X5 M and X6 M set new standards in their class in terms of dynamic performance as a result of supreme acceleration, lateral dynamics, steering behaviour, short stopping distances and efficiency ? all hallmarks of BMW M vehicles.
The BMW X5 M is powered by a new 4.4-litre V8 high-performance engine.
Delivering peak power of 408 kW, the new M TwinPower Turbo engine is the world?s first power unit with a common exhaust emission manifold joining both rows of cylinders as well as Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology.
The turbocharger and the catalytic converters are positioned in the V-section between the two rows of cylinders ensuring spontaneous and direct response so typical of BMW M as well as a linear surge of power for a consistent flow of torque at all times. Peak torque is rated at 680 Newton-metres.
The BMW X5 M accelerates from 0-100 km/h in a scintillating 4.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h or 275 km/h with the optional M Driver?s Package.
Despite superlative driving dynamics, the BMW X5 M offers the highest level of efficiency in its segment thanks to the High Precision Injection engine combined with proven and newly developed BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. These include Brake Energy Regeneration as well as on-demand control of the electrical fuel pump, detachable a/c compressor and volume flow-controlled supply of hydraulic fluid to the anti-roll system.
The BMW X5 M complies with the EU5 and LEV II emission standards and average fuel consumption is 13.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
Australian specification and pricing for the new BMW X5 M will be announced closer to launch.