Yet another drag race, but this time between two BMW cars. The new F85 BMW X5 M takes on the previous generation E90 M3. Both cars are stock and equipped with an automatic transmission; the X5 M uses the 8-speed automatic while the E90 sends the power to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox.
The new M-developed SUV is powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery than the previous generation. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.
At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The new M version of the BMW X5 to sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds.
The last generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 and it’s the only M3 that revs to an insane 8,300 rpm. Its S65 V8 was named International Engine Of The Year from 2008-2012 in the 3.0 – 4.0 liter category. Performance wise, the E92 M3 is a monster on track and on the road, some magazine tests show 0 to 60 times of 3.9 seconds for the DCT-equipped models.
The engine produces 414 hp at 8300 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) at 3900 rpm.
The M3 weighs 1,685 kg (3,715 lb) while the new X5 M tips the scale at 2,386 kg (5,260 lbs). So with less power and lighter, would the E90 M3 be able to keep up with the X5 M on a straight line?