SPIED: Possible BMW X5 M caught testing in California

BMW X5 M, News | April 11th, 2018 by 14
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As we await the release of the new, fourth-generation BMW X5, fans can’t help but speculate as to what the next X5 M might be …

As we await the release of the new, fourth-generation BMW X5, fans can’t help but speculate as to what the next X5 M might be like. BMW and its M Division seem to be going through one of the most radical changes that they ever have in their existence. New technologies are being used for the first time ever at BMW M, such as all-wheel drive, and BMW is moving toward electrification more so than ever. So the next BMW X5 M could be a very different car than what we know it as today. Or it could be almost the same. We honestly don’t know. What we do know is that one was recently caught doing some camouflaged testing in the Golden State.

Seen here in California, this BMW X5 test mule seems to be of the M variety. First we had to determine whether or not what we were looking at was, indeed, an X5 and not an X7. After some examination, we’ve deemed it to be an X5. But on closer inspection, it seems to be an X5 M in a bit of a disguise.

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From the side, it’s hardly noticeable as to what sort of X5 this is. However, when you look at the back, you can see that, hidden in those little plastic surrounds, are quad exhaust pipes. That’s a signature BMW M design cue and a dead giveaway. The next clue is the presence of seriously massive tires. The rear tires on this test mule are so wide they could have their own area codes. That would also indicate something with massive power.

We don’t know what sort of powertrain the next BMW X5 M will have. It’s entirely likely that it could use the same twin-turbocharged V8 as the new BMW M5, which would give it around 600 hp, depending on how BMW M plays it. It could also have some sort of hybrid powertrain, as BMW M has been flirting with that idea a bit and an X5 would be the perfect way to test the waters. We honestly don’t know, though. What we do know is that it will be powerful and fast.

14 responses to “SPIED: Possible BMW X5 M caught testing in California”

  1. alex paul xander says:

    Hopefully it’s just a X5 5.0, exhaust on the photo’s example so not X5M.

  2. Luca says:

    X5 50i M-Sport, X5M’s do not and would not come with a trailer hitch, or the breathers on the front quarters.

  3. Icebreakerr says:

    x5 50I

  4. Prince Hosea says:

    This is the X5 50i model, not the X5 M.

  5. Ask says:

    More like X5 M performance version.. X5 M50i maybe?

  6. Tiko Nikoghosyan says:

    Thanks for sharing bmwglog.)

  7. Alexander S says:

    No L-shape taillights?….Suprised.

    • Senne says:

      They are still L-shaped, but just not as clear as they used to be. I reckon that’s kinda the evolution of the design. I really like it personally. :)

  8. Anon says:

    Dealer plates on the back and street location makes me think it’s at the training center in Ontario, CA, as they get some pre-production former test cars a couple months ahead of launch. True active test cars usually keep their New Jersey plates wherever they go in the USA.

  9. Khumo says:

    This isn’t an X5M, the diameter of those exhaust tips are too small for an M car, and besides non-M V8 BMWs also have quad exhausts wrapped in trapezoidal frames, like in the spy shots. Also, if you’ve noticed, X5s tend to sport wide tyres so that does guarantee anything e.g. xDrive50i comes with 315s at the rear. Lastly, that fender vent is typical of a standard model as opposed to an M. If anything, this is an M-Performance model.

  10. Senne says:

    Seems more like an X5 M50i as M exhaust are 4 separate exhaust pipes, not 2 big ones with 2 smaller ones within. Even on the test mules.

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