Shanghai Auto Show 2009: BMW X5 M revealed

3-Series, BMW X5 | April 21st, 2009 by 3
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The Shanghai Motor Show was the event chosen by BMW to unveil their first M Sports Activity Vehicle: the BMW X5 M. If NYC was …

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The Shanghai Motor Show was the event chosen by BMW to unveil their first M Sports Activity Vehicle: the BMW X5 M. If NYC was all about the X6 M, in Shanghai BMW focuses on high-end models, including the new 760Li and of course, the X5 M.

The X5 M is, along with the X6 M, is powered by a modified twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, which outputs 550 horsepower between 5,750rpm and 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 500 lb-ft. It runs from 0 to 62 mph in about 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

BMW says that by adding an optional M driver’s package, the speed delimiter is raised to 171 mph.

The two turbochargers in the M TwinPower unit are positioned together with the catalytic converters between the two rows of cylinders, an innovation patented by BMW already. The idea behind it? Reducing the unnecessary turbo lag.

To differentiate itself from the regular X5 or the one with the M package, the usual Motorsport design elements are present: aggressive front-bumper, M gills and quad exhaust pipes.

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Same M branding is applied in the interior of the X5 M, from the M steering wheel to the M shifter knob and M instruments.

Pricing has not been officially announced, but insiders told us to expect the BMW X5 M to cost around $85,000 in the U.S. and over 100,000 euros in Germany.

Unfortunately since we have not attended the Shanghai Auto Show, the photos selection is limited, but as soon as we get our hand on more shots, we will update the article. We’ll promise to do better at the next auto show, as usual.






3 responses to “Shanghai Auto Show 2009: BMW X5 M revealed”

  1. Gord says:

    So apparently, according to Heidfeld this car is a fast as an M3 around the Nurburgring, so in about 8 minutes ?

  2. Horatiu B. says:

    @Gord: Didn’t I say that after the NYC show? Many people said I was lying, but honestly, my BMW contacts never let me down and they had no reason to hype up the product especially since we usually have a less formal discussion.

    When talking to them, I always feel that they don’t have to impress anyone and are confident about their products.

    Inside tip: When I asked about Audi’s constant campaigns against BMW, all I got back was a smile and a simple answer: We don’t need to prove who we are, our customers know that.

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