BMW’s big new performance SUVs, the X5 M and X6 M, are now on their way to Australia.
Due here in the second quarter, the X5 M and X6 M will kick off from $185,900 and $194,700 respectively.
The new models will round out ranges that landed in 2013 and as recently as last month, and both replace the M-badged ‘super SUVs’ that first appeared in 2009.
The X5 M's price marks a $13,000 increase over the 2009 launch pricing of its predecessor, also representing a $37,000 premium over the new diesel-powered X5 M50d.
The X6 M is up $14,800 on the previous generation and $36,800 beyond the X6 M50d.
Mercedes-AMG's ML 63 is a touch cheaper at $182,900 - but all three are noteably more affordable than Land Rover's new Range Rover Sport SVR, which will debut in the coming months at $218,500 plus on-roads.
Power in the new M models is again provided by a 4.4 litre twin-turbo petrol V8, but BMW M has dialled power to 422kW - up from 414.
Torque has all been boosted through the roof, growing from 685 to 750Nm with the new M SUVs, but the sweet spot has shifted from 1500-5650rpm to 2200-5000rpm.
A ZF-sourced eight-speed auto is also now standard, replacing the six-speed unit of the previous generation.
This is matched to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, and BMW M promises 0-100km/h times of 4.2 seconds flat in both - a full 0.5 seconds quicker than the old models.
By comparison, Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo, driven by a 4.8 litre V8, offers 382kW, 750Nm and a 4.5 second sprint to 100km/h (4.4 with the Sport Chrono pack).
The big ‘Bimmers’ also best the Mercedes-AMG ML 63 in the numbers department, with the performance Merc listing 386kW, 700Nm and a 4.6 second 0-100km/h time.
Importantly, and in-line with the latest generation of premium Euro offerings, BMW M claims a 20 percent improvement to both fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Both list 11.2 l/100km and 258g/km respectively.
(Those looking for even sharp figures can turn to the 280kW/740Nm M50d models, with fuel use listed at 6.7 l/100km.)
Beneath the BMW M SUVs is a double-wishbone front and self-levelling rear air suspension package, along with three-mode dynamic dampers and large 21-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP rubber.
The usual styling upgrades dominate the exterior of both, with gaping intakes at the front, lightly flared guards through the profile and four pipes at the rear.
Inside there’s a host of M-specific features, including a meaty sports steering wheel with aluminium paddle shifters, sports seats and a M gear shifter.
Storage capacity in the X5 M is listed at 650 litres with the rear seats up, expanding to 1520 litres when laid flat. In the coupe-profiled X6 M, that shrinks to 550 and 1520 litres.
- Eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic
- Dynamic Performance Control
- Dynamic Damper Control
- Dynamic Drive
- 21-inch M light alloy wheels
- M multifunctional seats for driver and front passenger
- BMW Individual leather instrument panel (X6 M only)
- Electric sunroof
- Surround View with top view and side view
- Driving Assistant
- Parking Assistant
- Lane Change Warning
- Adaptive LED headlights with BMW selective beam
- Head Up Display
- Comfort Access
- Auto Tailgate
- Electric and Heated Seats
- DAB tuner
- Digital TV tuner
- harman kardon Surround Sound system (16 speakers)
- Navigation Professional
- Tyre presure monitor
- ConnectedDrive Freedom
- Intelligent emergency call
- Metallic Paint
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- BMW X5 sDrive25d -$84,200
- BMW X5 xDrive25d -$89,200
- BMW X5 xDrive30d - $100,900
- BMW X5 xDrive35i - $107,900
- BMW X5 xDrive40d - $116,900
- BMW X5 xDrive50i - $134,900
- BMW X5 M50d - $148,400
- BMW X5 M - $185,900
- BMW X6 xDrive30d - $115,400
- BMW X6 xDrive50i - $151,600
- BMW X6 M50d - $157,900
- BMW X6 xDrive35i - arriving 2015
- BMW X6 xDrive40d - arriving 2015
- BMW X6 M - $194,700
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