The M version of BMW’s SUV/SAC models, X5 and X6, has been confirmed many times and they’re being tested as we speak, but no one really understood the reason behind the M version of these popular models.
In a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport, the head of BMW’s M division, Herr Ludwig Willisch said that the reason behind the X6 M especially, are the strong sales generated by Mercedes-Benz with their AMG ML models and also Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo.
Herr Willish also said the BMW X5 M and X6 M are expected to match the sale of the popular M5 model.
With the new BMW X5 and X6 M models, the german automaker is expecting to generate large sales for their M division. While they will still be powered by BMW’s new 4.4L V8 twin-turbo engine, output is expected to be higher than the current 400bhp (298kW) and 450lb-ft (600Nm) torque in the xDrive50i.
The car will have larger intakes at the front and could make its debut early next year, said Willisch. It will also have a revised grille and new side mirrors.
He has also confirmed one more time when we already knew, there will be no BMW 1 Series M car nor an M3 Touring.[Source: Pistonheads ]