South Africa hosted the local market launch of the new 2015 BMW X5 M. In the Donington Grey launch color, the X5 M was handed over to journalists for some fun on the road and track.
We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. We have yet though to review the X5 M, but we’re already looking forward to that.
The M SUVs come in two new colors, Long Beach Blue Metallic and Donington Grey Metallic. The typical color finishes is available as well: Mineral White Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Silverstone Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic and Alpine White. Two packages are offered for the M SUVS: Driver Assistance Plus and the Executive Package. Two choices of wheels are available, the 21″ M Light Alloy Style 612M and 20″ Style 611M.
Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery.
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 extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The 2015 BMW X5 M is offered in the U.S. at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650