Today, at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M were introduced to the public. Still considered a niche product in the high-performance SUV market, the two M-brothers aim to set the bar higher for BMW in terms of sales and showcase that a heavyweight M car can still be fun on the road and on the track.
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BMW says that over 10,000 kilometers were clocked around the Nurburgring with the two cars delivering performance equal or better with the E92 M3.
BMW X6 M project manager, Herbert Bayerl, said the 2,275 kg high-performance SUV can match the significantly lighter E92 M3 and its 1,700 kilos. The predecessor E71 BMW X6 M ran the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 8:24 minutes while the E92 M3 clocked in at 8:04 minutes – that will put the new F86 X6 M at 20 seconds faster the previous generation.
The two all-wheel drive Ms benefit from an updated V8 TwinTurbo engine delivering more horsepower and torque, as well as from a tuned up chassis, better and bigger brakes, and Michelin tires to match the performance of the car.
Design wise, the 2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M stand out with their aggressive styling, the recognizable large air intakes and sporty bumper, and now the side functional vents. In the back, the twin tailpipes remind us this is a powerful SUV and that it delivers an impressive sound as well.
Inside the car, the typical M design is present and compared to the previous generation, it is not only sportier but also more luxurious. One particular thing that stands out are the M seats that remind us this is more race car than it looks from the outside.
The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling.