Among the fastest SUVs on the market, the BMW X5 M is a masterpiece of German engineering. There’s something inherently desirable about a two-ton elephant that can sprint like Usain Bolt, so they sell well in many markets around the world. Even more precise, the X5 M weighs around 5,300 lbs (2,400 kg) and BMW claims it runs from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4 seconds flat. Mighty impressive for a heavy beast!

The new X5 M is 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 top speed comes at 155 mph.

BMW has also worked on the engine sound and the V8’s acoustics are impressive from within the car and outside.

To see how the X5 M runs to its speed limit, the folks over at GTboard took the high-performance SUV to a drag strip for some straight line acceleration. Skip over to 3 minutes in to see the Launch Control function in the X5 M.