Ooops!! BMW X5 M Flips Upside Down

BMW X5 M | January 24th, 2010 by 21
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It goes without saying that any all-wheel drive vehicle sporting performance tires is bound to be in trouble during the winter season. Or…does it really …

It goes without saying that any all-wheel drive vehicle sporting performance tires is bound to be in trouble during the winter season. Or…does it really go without saying?

Cause judging by the video below, the drive of this BMW X5 M clearly overestimated the xDrive system in its powerful M car and…..it flipped upside down. As many automotive journalists have pointed out before, with the adoption of all-wheel drive as one of the most popular choices in the Northern and Midwest states, the semi-annual ritual of swapping snow tires has largely disappeared.

But as advanced as those all-wheel drive technologies are,  they can’t always substitute for a set of snow tires. Before the car can rely on the AWD technology and its capability to detect and predict sliding, four rubbers are much needed for a solid contact with the ground, and not just any rubbers, but rather some good snow tires.

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So next time you feel adventurous behind the wheel of your SUV/SAV, think about the importance of those winter tires. Yes we know, we all want to believe we’re great drivers, but you’ll never know…..

[Source: GTSpirit ]

21 Responses to “Ooops!! BMW X5 M Flips Upside Down”

  1. Giom says:

    What a terrible site. I can’t imagine what it must have been like on the inside. I mean, to flip a sedan – wich is smaller and ligher is one thing, but an almost 2.5 ton tall performance “off roader” is quite another.

    I really feel for the owner – heart breaking!

  2. Babken says:

    What was he thinking about when he started driving the car in the snow not having put winter tires on it?

  3. wazon8 says:

    Sad result of figure-skating in 555hp performance SUV.

  4. Frederico Silva says:

    What a waste of car…and money..

  5. :p says:

    lol, $90,000 down the drain

  6. Alexander L. says:

    The X5 M pictured above has snow tires on, read it somewhere on Xoutpost. Probably caused by a bad driver or the result of an evasive maneuver.

  7. bmwm6 says:

    the car’s frame seems intact
    another example of BMW safety

  8. E90M3 says:

    Too much confidence, too much power.

  9. AceMcLoud says:

    “But as advanced as those all-wheel drive technologies are, they can’t always substitute for a set of snow tires.”

    AWD does nothing for you when you have to break or make an evasive maneuver. It can never be a substitute for proper snow tires. Those look like snow tires though which of course doesn’t mean you can’t still crash ;-)

  10. wazon8 says:

    AWD is treacherous.

  11. AndreyDobra says:

    you’re right about snow tires: no matter how many wheels get power from the engine, if they can’t put it down on the road, then all of the electronic systems are useless.
    and speaking of power, I’m sure this guy thought he’d be safe while pushing the car to its limits, but lucky for him the safety equipment managed to keep him alive and regret pushing such a car when the conditions aren’t ideal

  12. wow says:

    Hmmm, this is a BMW-blogg, no HATE-DESERVE TO DIE-blogg i think…And “Lol”: what brand do you like? Amerikan? Or a russian brand : )

  13. Mike Messer says:

    the tires actually look like michelin latitude tour hp’s.

  14. wow says:

    as I can se on the photo, the “roadrail” rather work as a ramp, so no surprise of the outcome…

  15. Rommel Brusola says:

    I drive my BMW with all season tires and i’m still fine. But also, i don’t forget that i don’t have winter tires on when i drive.

  16. Lariv says:

    Because 4X4s are supposed to be good off road and in adverse road conditions. That would never happen with a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

  17. Wontae Cho says:

    Hey… Tell me if there is a Snow tire available for X5M. Last time I checked, it does not exist. Especially for those 315 /35/20 rear tires.
    All they have is All-Season performance. which is only marginally better than regular tires.

  18. Wontae Cho says:

    Also, since X5M is heavily rear-biased X-drive, it is almost like a regullar rear-wheel drive car.

  19. Anonymous Comment says:

    Several companies make 315/35-20 winter tires, but finding inventory after October/November can be nigh impossible.

    Pirelli – http://www.us.pirelli.com/en_US/browser/attachments/pdfCatalog/car-suv-van/S-ICE.pdf

    Alternatively, you can run 4 front rims with a set of four same-size winters as well.

  20. Digger says:

     The X5 M pictured above has snow tires on, read it somewhere on Xoutpost. Probably caused by a bad driver or the result of an evasive maneuver. spiral heat exchangerThe X5 M pictured above has snow tires on, read it somewhere on Xoutpost. Probably caused by a bad driver or the result of an evasive maneuver. spiral heat exchanger

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