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.

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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.

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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