BMW's new X5 M and X6 M performance SUVs, offering M5 levels of power (and more torque) for a lot less cash, are now on sale in Australia.
Priced from $185,900 for the practical X5 M and $194,700 for the style-focused X6 M, both are markedly more expensive than their predecessors, but BMW says it has packed around $15,000 worth of extra kit into both.
Power in both cars is provided by BMW’s 4.4 litre TwinPower V8 engine, producing a mighty 423kW and 750Nm.
That makes both a match for the M5, but at $229,930, you’ll pay nearly $45,000 more to roll away in the M division’s heroic sedan.
And if you think that extra cash would at least give you some dragstrip bragging rights against X5 M and X6 M owners, you’d be wrong: both promise a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds, matching the M5 sedan.
Both SUVs feature 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.
For a full rundown on the specs of each model, see our earlier Price & Features article, linked below.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- BMW X5 sDrive25d -$82,900
- BMW X5 xDrive25d -$87,900
- BMW X5 xDrive30d - $99,900
- BMW X5 xDrive35i - $106,900
- BMW X5 xDrive40d - $115,900
- BMW X5 xDrive50i - $133,900
- BMW X5 M50d - $147,900
- BMW X5 M - $185,900
- BMW X6 xDrive30d - $115,400
- BMW X6 xDrive35i - $120,700
- BMW X6 xDrive40d - $128,400
- BMW X6 xDrive50i - $151,600
- BMW X6 M50d - $157,900
- BMW X6 M - $194,700