BMW X5 M Performance parts revealed
BMW has revealed its rugged and tough-style M Performance parts catalogue for the new X5 that bucks the usual go-fast-looking embellishments.
While the optional kit adds interior and exterior bling, it also adds practical options for going off-road.
Outside, extras include plenty of carbon-fibre such as inserts for the front bumper, mirror caps, rear diffuser and near the lower wheel arches. Complimenting the dark-weave panels are optional matt black sills and a hockey stick-style decal that runs down the sides.
Two M Performance wheel choices are also on the table but at completely opposing ends of the driving spectrum: lightweight 22-inch alloys that shave 1kg per wheel and offer better dynamic performance or 20-inch rims with all-terrain tyres for off-road ability and a plusher ride.
Inside, the steering wheel can be switched to a sporty tiller with silver stitching, red noon marker and Alcantara hand grips among either leather or carbon-fibre inserts. Behind the wheel, the paddle shifters can be swapped for carbon-fibre levers and below that the foot pedals replaced with stainless steel items on top of M Performance floor mats. A cool addition for standing out in the dark are glowing M LED puddle lamps.
And for something to look at and touch when the family hauler's locked up, there's an optional Alcantara key wallet.
M Performance is also offering a wireless OBD stick that links with BMW’s Drive Analyser mobile app for “those wanting to achieve motor racing optimisation not just in the BMW X5 itself but also in terms of their own driving style.” It provides professional data logging and vehicle analytics on the fly, with the added ability for trip recording with a mobile phone video camera and route-based tracking using GPS location data.
The BMW X5 M Performance range will be available upon the SUV’s worldwide launch in March 2019. BMW Australia said it cannot confirm pricing and range availability locally, but that there is very strong interest in X5 M Performance additions (we'd hedge at least some of it will make its way here next year).
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