Photo Gallery: BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M | April 5th, 2009 by 9
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With the attention of media mostly focused on the BMW X6 M, the other “brother”, X5 M, slipped unnoticed. The first batch of the photos …

With the attention of media mostly focused on the BMW X6 M, the other “brother”, X5 M, slipped unnoticed. The first batch of the photos released yesterday were all about the X6 M, especially since the car was confirmed to make an appearance at the NYC auto show.

As mentioned earlier by us, the BMW X5 M shares the same engine with the X6 M model, a new M twin-turbo engine which uses a common exhaust manifold joining both rows of cylinders, with the turbochargers and catalytic converters placed in the V-section. The result? Less turbo lag and a more direct response.

Photo Gallery: BMW X5 M

The BMW X5 M and X6 M are the first Motorsport all-wheel-drive models coming out of the Munich factory gates. We’re not looking at a regular AWD system though, but rather a combination of the Dynamic Performance Control system and the xDrive.

BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M come as standard with air suspension and self-leveling on the rear axle as well as Adaptive Drive with electronically adjustable dampers and active anti-roll control for higher stability.

Both models feature Bi-xenon dual headlights including a daytime driving light function.

Being a true M model, the BMW X5 M comes equipped with high-performance brakes combined with inner-vented lightweight brake discs. The X5 M sits on 20 inch wheels, which in my opinion, are slightly smaller than we want to.

Photo Gallery: BMW X5 M

Moving inside, the design is all about the M brand, starting with M sport seats, M steering wheel, M entry trim and footrest and finishing with a beautiful M shifter.

Same as the X6 M, due to the 555 horsepower coming out of the M engine, the BMW X5 M reaches 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, putting the Porsche Cayenne S on the spot.

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  • BMW fan

    If the X5M had nicer wheels it would be better looking than the X6M

  • bmwe34

    bmw couldve come up with better wheels for the x5m and the x6m

  • Volan

    am i the only one who thinks it is ugly and looks “unfinished”

  • H. Lamas

    @Volan: No Volan, you re not the only one. The front bumper looks weird and the whole car looks huge.

  • Joe

    Nice idea but just like some of you said this truck looks like it was rushed into production. It needs that extra 10% that would make it something I want. I think the X5 looks better than the X6 and this could have been a home run but just looks off.

  • Joe

    BTW the rims are just terrible.

  • UofSC93

    I could be totally off on this, but I don’t think they’ll sell too many X5Ms. Nevertheless watch them become highly collectible when all is said and done.

  • Matski

    I love ‘em both! I think if they were shown off in Silver and Black, rather than Red and Blue they might have looked a little better. The white one seen testing looked great.

    555 horses — sweet!

  • Kevin G

    An X cannot be an ///M; this is a joke.

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