With the Z4 news starting to slow down for now, the focus seems to be on the “twins”: the BMW X5 M and X6 M. We have been used to seeing spy shots of the X5 M being driven near the Spartanburg factory in South Carolina, but this time, the M SAV was spotted in Munich.
Wearing very little camo, the test mule is similar to the U.S based ones, but….we did learn something interesting recently. The BMW X5 M will be equipped with the headlights from its twin-brother, the X6 M. Basically, the X5 M will feature same fascia as the X6 M to enhance the “M look”.
Most likely, the BMW X5 M will be powered by a modified version of the twin-turbo 4.4 liter engine, enough to compete with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The BMW X5 M and X6 M models have a projected delivery date set for September ‘09.
Let me finish with this question: is there a need for an M version of the X5? My opinion: no, there is not, but there are people waiting for it.[Source: Autoblog.nl ]